University of Washington Ophthalmology Researcher Receives $17.2m from NIA for research Linking Eye Health & Alzheimer’s

Nov 8, 2019 | Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Eye Health, Ophthalmology, University of Washington

University of Washington Ophthalmology Researcher Receives $17.2m from NIA for research Linking Eye Health & Alzheimer’s

University of Washington School of Medicine’s Cecilia Lee, assistant professor of ophthalmology, has received a $17.2 million grant from the National institute on Aging to research eye diseases’ associations with Alzheimer’s disease. 

The Washington investigator seeks to unlock enigmas of his brain disease including a link between aging eyes and aging brains. Professor Lee stated, “The eyes provide a lens to understand the health of the brain” reports Invision Mag.

Previous Work from Professor Lee

Professor Lee was the lead author in 2018 studying a significant link between Alzheimer’s disease and three degenerative eye diseases including 1) age-related macular degeneration, 2) diabetic retinopathy and 3) glaucoma.

This Round of Research

Lee is on a quest to find novel eye-related biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease with the hopes that this could point to much easier and cheaper diagnostics to zero in on people at risk of developing dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease and hopefully, as a consequence of this research, accelerate treatments.

The Research Team

Led by Lee at University of Washington, other participants include Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute investigators with world-renowned expertise in dementia, neuropsychology, neuroimaging, ophthalmic imaging, big data and artificial intelligence.

Lead Research/Investigators

Cecilia Lee, assistant professor of ophthalmology

Eric B. Larson, senior investigator and former vice president research and healthcare innovation, Kaiser

Paul Crane, Professor of Medicine

C. Dirk Keene, associate professor of pathology

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Source: Insight

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