Past Research

AMDF/Fight for Sight (FFS) Awards

2012
SSF to Sarwar Zahid, Clinical Research Fellow at University of Michigan
Mentor: Dr. Thiran Jayasundera, MD
Conducted retrospective studies to determine genotype-phenotype relationships in Stargardt disease, retinitis pigmentosa, and achromatopsia. Developed a novel means of quantifying severity in patients with dry macular degeneration. Coordinated and managed multiple research projects in the retina department.

SSF to Jane Gilmore 
Retinal Foundation of the Southwest
https://iovs.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2354485
https://iovs.arvojournals.org/solr/searchresults.aspx?author=Jane+Gilmore

2013
SSF to Carmel Moazez, John Hopkins University, Wilmer Eye Institute
Mentor: Akrit Sodhi, MD, PhD
Hypoxia inducible factor protects retinal pigment epithelium cells from oxidative stress-induced cell death in dry age-related macular degeneration.

2014
SSF to Patrick Staropoli, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Mentor: Byron Lam, MD
Quantification of photosensitivity in patients with hereditary retinal degenerations.

SSF to Jennifer Williams, Boston University
Mentor: Jean Spencer, PhD
Using molecular dynamics simulations to understand mechanisms of neovascularization.

2015
SSF to Michael Butler, U. of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center 
Cone photoreceptor degeneration.

SSF to Samantha Agron, University of Miami
Retinal degeneration.

2017
Post-Doc to Brian Allen, University of Washington, Seattle
Visual cortex reorganization in individuals with scotomas

2018
SSF to Weilin Song, Cleveland Clinic
Post-Doc to Tran M. Tu, University of California, Davis
Using advanced imaging techniques to determine the effectiveness of a one-time-injection gene therapy to suppress the development of the leaky blood vessels that cause sudden and dramatic vision loss in the later stages of wet AMD.

Post-Doc to Kalila Walsh, University of California, Santa Barbara
Seeking to develop a new stem cell treatment for the dry form of macular degeneration using a method which would replace animal products with chemicals, paving the way for a cheaper, faster way of making these cells available to patients.

Harvard Biennial AMD Symposium 
This grant supports senior researcher presentations at this biennial gathering of thought leaders in AMD research.