Ophthalmologist receives grant to study bioengineered
Ivan R. Schwab, UC Davis Health System professor of ophthalmology, has received a $50,000 grant
to spend a year-long sabbatical helping to develop a bioengineered material, using a patient's own cells
and blood, that could be used in surgeries on the surface of the eye and reduce the need for stitches
and the possibility of rejection or disease transmission.
Awarded by Research to Prevent Blindness, the grant allows Schwab to work with researchers at the University
of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, to develop a bioengineered
Schwab and UC Davis Health System dermatologist R. Rivkah Isseroff have developed bioengineered cornea
tissue that restored or improved eyesight in 10 of 14 patients suffering from severe corneal damage.