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Ophthalmologist receives grant to study bioengineered material

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 ocular surface.

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.

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