Scheetz Involved in NIH Glaucoma Genetics Research

Friday, March 5, 2010

Todd Scheetz, associate professor of opththalmology and visual science and biomedical engineering, and a researcher at the UI Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, is one of several UI investigators recently awarded access to the genotyping resources at the Center for Inherited Disease Research, which is supported by 14 institutes of the National Institutes of Health.

The access -- valued at more than $750,000 -- gives a boost to UI research to find genetic factors associated with glaucoma. The access will dramatically accelerate the speed with which the team, led by John Fingert, M.D, Ph.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology, can achieve its goal of finding new glaucoma genes.

Other participating UI investigators are Jian Huang, Ph.D., in statistics and actuarial science; and Kai Wang, Ph.D., in biostatistics. In addition, the project involves the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study and investigators at Washington University.

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States and the leading cause among African-Americans.

To learn more about genetic research of glaucoma at UI visit http://www.news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/July/070609glaucoma_grant.html.