Ocular tissue plays a critical role in helping researchers understand and find new treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases
Meeting your research needs
Eversight provides more than 3,000 tissues for research and education annually. We work to understand your specific research objectives to ensure you receive the tissue you need. Our dedicated team is trained to recover tissue under strict time and environmental conditions to preserve the integrity of precious biological specimens. Eversight offers comprehensive donor medical, ocular and social history information with serology results upon request. Tissue available for research includes: whole eye, posterior pole, cornea, conjunctiva, lens, retina, limbal scleral rim remnant. Additional tissue types and preservation techniques available upon request.
A testimonial from University of Illinois College of Medicine physician Dr. Ali Djalilian on the vital importance of Eversight tissue to his research.
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Eversight grants reveal a world of possibility
Eversight has awarded more than $4 million since 1980 to support research investigating critical diseases like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, as well as furthering advances in corneal surgery and eye banking practices. We invite proposals from academic, clinical and health services investigators from partner institutions to fund promising eye and vision research projects with special emphasis on utilizing human ocular tissue or research related to corneal surgery, corneal disease and eye banking.
Submission process & award schedule
The Eversight Eye and Vision Research Grant Program is accepting applications Jan. 14-April 12, 2019. The program provides funding to emerging and established investigators for new and pioneering research. Grants, which range from $10,000 to $25,000, are intended as seed money to develop promising foundational research, collect initial data and conduct laboratory work.
The Eversight Eye and Vision Grant program has awarded grants to leading researchers at institutions such as Harvard University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Michigan and many more.
Past grant recipients
A revolutionary program accelerating the discovery of therapies, treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases
Vision Research Registry & Biorepository
The program provides researchers with disease-specific human eye tissue that is paired with comprehensive medical information and post-mortem phenotypic data for your vision research projects. The Biorepository offers a full range of services—from specialized ocular tissue dissections to DNA isolation from blood. For more information email us or call (216) 706-4234.
Methods and procedures
The Vision Research Registry & Biorepository utilizes the expertise of the Institute for Computational Biology to maintain eye donor designation information. Specially trained technicians recover eye tissue in under six hours post-mortem. The tissue is processed, analyzed and stored, and approved researchers can access a list of available tissue that suits their research needs. Our methods were developed using standard protocols in individual fields and following International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories best practices. All protocols are subject to rigorous validation testing and strict quality assurance standards.
The Vision Research Biorepository is located at the Eversight office in Cleveland. To ensure long-term reliability, tissue samples are stored in research-grade refrigerators, freezers, and solutions depending on tissue type and researcher needs. All storage equipment is kept fail-safe through alarm systems and temperature models.
Partnering with surgeons and researchers to find new treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases
The Eversight Innovations department seeks to strengthen our capabilities by improving research tissue quality and distribution, launching new clinical service lines and developing novel ways to integrate innovative ideas into eye banking practice. Our goal is to further our mission of preserving and restoring sight and share our expertise with the greater eye banking and ophthalmology communities. Through collaboration and consultation with Eversight clinical leadership, medical directors, external research partners and stakeholders we are able to focus our efforts on the most rewarding projects.
Areas of focus
Optimization: Activities related to testing and improving existing technology in order to re-introduce improved operational lines of service or products.
Discovery: Activities related to discovering and studying new ideas, including pre-clinical investigation of potential new service lines or products.
Outreach: Activities related to providing seed grant funding and tissue to help develop and conduct research projects with our partners, many of which may align with internal research and development performed at Eversight and provide early identification of original ideas.