Duluth Eye Researcher Receives Multi-million Dollar Grant

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Duluth Eye Researcher Receives Multi-million Dollar Grant

September 13, 2011 Updated Sep 13, 2011 at 11:18 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (The Northland's NewsCenter) - Doctors of the future may have new ways to save their patients’ vision, thanks to research being conducted at the Essentia Institute of Rural Health (EIRH).

Dr. Cathy McCarty, a principal research scientist at EIRH, recently received a $3.1 million grant commitment from the National Institutes of Health for her study of genetic links to certain medical conditions.

Dr. McCarty is focusing her research on diseases of the eye, such as ocular hypertension, macular degeneration and dry eye. By examining patients’ genetic markers, she hopes to discover better, more cost-effective ways to treat eye conditions.

Dr. McCarty along with other scientists have conducted genetic testing on thousands of tissue samples, and have begun linking those findings with information from patients’ medical records. Now, Dr. McCarty and her colleagues will expand upon that work, as they analyze more than 600,000 genetic markers and their connection to 40 different eye diseases.

Dr. McCarty is one of seven researchers from around the country who are collaborating on this project. The scientists will be sharing $25 million in grant dollars from the National Institutes of Health over the next four years.

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