July 25, 2019
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Vanderbilt Eye Institute receives $10 million donation

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Vanderbilt Eye Institute has received a donation of $10 million to fund regenerative visual neuroscience research, according to the VUMC Reporter.

The gift is the largest in the institute’s history and will provide financial support for seven labs that are developing transformative therapies for eye diseases.

“This is an amazing gift that will provide extraordinary funding for VEI’s discovery initiatives,” Paul Sternberg Jr., MD, G.W. Hale Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt and chair of the department, told the VUMC Reporter. “By directing the support toward our nationally recognized regenerative visual neuroscience program, I am confident that it will drive new treatments in the foreseeable future.”

The lab of David Calkins, PhD, vice chair and director of research at VEI, will be the first to receive funding. Researchers there focus on neurodegeneration in glaucoma.

The donor family wished to remain anonymous.