Your Doctors. Your Researchers. Your Gift

Your doctors. Your researchers.

There’s a connection between great patient care — like that provided at the UW Medicine Eye Institute — and medical research. It’s straightforward. Research is the gateway to better care and advanced treatments for patients. At the UW Medicine Eye Institute, your doctors are your researchers, and they are changing the world of vision care in important ways.

Your gift.

Help your doctors change the world of vision care by giving to one of these funds.

Thank you!

Jennifer Chao, M.D., Ph.D.: Growing a new retina from stem cells

Dr. Chao and other top stem cell researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have shown that stem cells can be turned into retina cells, a major sign of hope for those suffering from hereditary or degenerative retinal disease. Soon, because of their work, it may be possible to treat blindness by transplanting ocular stem cells.

Ophthalmology Stem Cell Research Fund

This fund supports ground-breaking stem cell research in UW Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology.

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Tueng T. Shen, M.D., Ph.D.: Re-inventing the artificial cornea.

Dr. Shen and her colleagues are developing an improved, simple-to-use artificial cornea developed at the UW. These artificial corneas are inexpensive to manufacture and will be used in developing countries where traditional corneal transplantation is impossible. The corneas also can be equipped with sensors that detect problems and communicate with the patient’s doctor via cell phone.

Cornea and Prosthetic Research Fund

This fund supports cornea- and prosthetics-related research in UW Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology.

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Russell Van Gelder, M.D., Ph.D.: Detecting infection.

Dr. Van Gelder is the director of the eye institute and one of the few doctors in the Pacific Northwest who treats ocular inflammation. He and his colleagues are creating new ways to diagnose infection and treat inflammation — conditions that steal vision from young and old alike.

Eye Institute Gift Fund

Caring for our patients, researching common causes of blindness and their treatments, and training first-rate ophthalmologists are all important parts of our work. Support timely new initiatives to improve patient care, research and training.

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