Dr pereira da Costa 2023 grant

Proposals selected for funding will engage in meaningful scientific inquisition and align with Eversight’s mission

2023 grant recipients aim to advance promising eye and vision research

2023 Eversight Eye & Vision Research grants were awarded to investigators at Case Western Reserve University, Wayne State University, University of Illinois-Chicago and University of Michigan to advance promising eye and vision research. Recipients were announced on February 21 and presented with award certificates.  

Scroll down or click on each investigator’s name to learn more about their research. 

Applications for the 2024 Eversight Eye & Vision Research Grant program cycle will be accepted Summer 2023. Learn more at eversightvision.org/grants

Dr. Benetz is investigating the utility of automatic analysis via machine learning to provide consistent and accurate cell count assessment of donor corneal endothelial cell images. The intended impact is to create safer procedures for successful corneal transplants. 

grant recipients

At center, Beth Ann Benetz, MA, CRA, and Eversight Vice President of Research & Development Onkar Sawant, PharmB, PhD

Dr. Pereira da Costa is investigating the role of polyQ proteins in the eye to understand how the polyQ expansion affects the role of the native protein. The overall impact of this study is to establish the foundations for future studies to define the roles of polyQ proteins in the human eye and elucidate how these roles are impacted by the polyQ expansion in Spinocerebellar ataxia disease. 

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Eversight Partner Relations Director Ebony Johnson, Maria do Carmo Pereira do Costa, PhD and Eversight Philanthropy Director, Foundations & Corporations Becky Harris

Dr. Guaiquil is investigating the neurogenic potential of Netrin-4, a protein implicated in diabetic retinopathy and corneal hemangiogenesis, by using both in vitro and in vivo assays. This study will investigate the potency of Netrin-4 to induce neuronal growth, elongation and branching, and will determine the optimal route of administration for its therapeutic uses in corneal wound healing.

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Eversight Partner Relations Director Kara Kelly and Victor Guaiquil, PhD

Dr. Mohammad is investigating the link between epigenetics, oxidative stress and inflammation in the delayed epithelial wound healing in diabetic corneas. The outcome of this project is to enhance the overall understanding of the mechanisms underlying delayed epithelial wound healing in diabetic corneas.

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Eversight Partner Relations Director Ebony Johnson and Ghulam Mohammad, PhD

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