Philanthropy plays a powerful part of progress at the Eye Institute. The foresight of visionary patients, alumni, and friends has helped us launch projects and programs that were once only dreams, make discoveries that previously seemed impossible, and has provided seed funds for projects that were leveraged into subsequent NIH funding. Many areas of the Eye Institute accept philanthropic funds. Below is a brief synopsis of how donated funds may be used by the department of Ophthalmology.
The Eye Institute is currently conducting clinical, translational, and basic science research within our patient care facility which can be supported in a variety of ways.
Support a Specific Research Program:There are many broad programs a given research project may fall under, thus a contribution to a program would provide support for all diseases being studied within a given field. Our programs include: Advanced Ocular Imaging Program (AOIP), retinal research, and pediatric vision research.
Fund a Particular Researcher: This support may be used at the discretion of a given researcher on one of their projects (i.e. Dr. Janice Burke, Dr. Joseph Carroll, Dr. Alfredo Dubra, Dr. Rolf Herrmann)
Advance Research on a Specific Disease: Funds directed to a specific disease will be able to be used by faculty to make inroads in curtailing progression, understanding development, or improving treatment and prevention of a given disease. We currently have on-going research projects on AMD, glaucoma, inherited retinal diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and retinopathy of prematurity.
Funds donated for educational use provide valuable resources for teaching and training future clinicians and scientists.
Residency education funds: may be used to purchase equipment to help residents safely and more efficiently develop their surgical proficiency, or provide means for residents to travel to national meetings and present their research.
Graduate education funds: may be used to pay stipends of students training to obtain their masters or PhD under one of our vision scientists, or provide means for them to travel nationally or abroad to present their research at a professional meeting.
For more information about our research, or for questions about giving contact our Director of Development, Diane Bishop at 414-955-7821.