Congratulations to Dr. Blackshaw, a primary member in the Neuroscience Department, for being selected as a Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Stein Innovation award recipient. The award provides flexible funding to scientists actively engaged in research with the goal of understanding the visual system and the diseases the comprise its function, with a focus on new technologies and cutting-edge research techniques. Dr. Blackshaw is one of 33 researchers who have received the award since it was established in 2014.
The research in Dr. Blackshaw's lab funded through the award will be focused on replacing human photoreceptors lost due to blinding diseases. His research group's plan is to develop molecular approaches to convert human retinal glia into neural progenitors, which can then give rise to new photoreceptors.
More information about RPB grants program can be found here: www.rpbusa.org
More information about the RPB Stein Innovation Award can be found here: https://www.rpbusa.org/rpb/grants-and-research/grants/grants-for-individuals/stein-innovation-awards/