John Werner, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Ophthalmology and one of the world's leading authorities in vision science, has received a $75,000 grant from Research to Prevent Blindness.
Research to Prevent Blindness granted Werner a Senior Scientific Investigator Award, which support nationally recognized senior scientists conducting eye research at medical institutions in the United States. Werner is among the 155 scientists at 55 institutions who have received the award since its inception in 1987.
Werner is especially renowned for his studies of aging of human vision. His work includes optical imaging of the retina with instruments built in his laboratory to visualize single cells in three dimensions, along with physiological measurements and studies of visual performance. His studies have provided new approaches to studying retinal diseases in the elderly, and he has conducted a wide range of studies with patients having age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, cystic fibrosis, glaucoma and Stargardt's macular dystrophy.
Research to Prevent Blindness is the world's leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. Since its founding in 1960, it has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions for research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding eye diseases. For information on Research to Prevent Blindness, the research it funds, eye disorders and its grants program, go to www.rpbusa.org.