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.
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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