Research Program Based in Springfield Puts Eye Repair in Sight

October 26, 2010

 

Department of Defense awards $4.8 million to St. John’s to deliver solutions for eye-injured soldiers

Dr. Shachar Tauber

 

St. John’s Medical Research Institute in Springfield has been awarded a $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. This grant will focus on the development of five products, including a drug delivering contact lens, to aid in the repair of eye injuries occurring in the battlefield with direct application to civilian ophthalmic care.

The principal investigator for this 24-month program is St. John’s Ophthalmologist, Dr. Shachar Tauber, in collaboration with the leaders and scientists of the Research & Development division at the Research Institute. This research and product development initiative is in partnership with the Missouri State University, United States Army, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the University of Colorado.

Video package includes highlights from the public announcement Oct. 26, 2010 and sound bites from key partners in the program which is aimed at developing new technology for drug delivery in the rapid treatment of eye injuries on the battlefield.

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01 - Electrospun nanofibers Download Hi-Res Image

02 - Scanning Electron Microscopy of human corneal tissue Download Hi-Res Image

03 – Electrospun apparatus built at St. John’s lab at Missouri State University’s Jordan Valley Innovation Center in Springfield, Mo. Download Hi-Res Image

04 – Dr. Shachar Tauber, St. John’s Medical Director Corneal and Ophthalmic Research and principal investigator for the corneal wound repair program. Download Hi-Res Image

05 - Ocular damage is frequently deemed secondary to life threatening wounds, and ophthalmological treatment is delayed by as much as one to three days. New devices created as a result of the corneal wound repair program could provide effective and easy-to-use tools that can save damaged corneas and preserve eyesight after blast and chemical injuries. Download Hi-Res Image

06 – St. John’s Medical Research Institute scientists Kara Childers and Keela Davis at the St. John’s lab at Missouri State University’s Jordan Valley Innovation Center in downtown Springfield. The team there is currently pursuing 26 different drugs or medical devices brought to us from a variety of specialties. The goal of all of the research projects and products is to improve for patients and efficiencies for clinicians. Download Hi-Res Image

07 – At a news conference Oct. 26, 2010 in Springfield, Mo., St. John’s Medical Research Institute awarded a $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. This grant will focus on the development of five products, including a drug delivering contact lens, to aid in the repair of eye injuries occurring in the battlefield with direct application to civilian ophthalmic care. The two-year program is in collaboration with the leaders and scientists of St. John’s Medical Research Institute, Missouri State University, United States Army, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and University of Colorado. Download Hi-Res Image

08 – Dr. Mark Duncan, professor of medicine division of endocrinology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Denise Ryan, associate researcher at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, joined the news conference via videoconference and Skype. Dr. Duncan will do tear analysis as part of the corneal wound repair program and Ryan praised the Research Institute as an important partner with Walter Reed. Download Hi-Res Image

09 – Major Derek Johnson, U.S. Army Department of Defense, Vision Center of Excellence, spoke live at a news conference in Springfield, Mo. on the importance of research such as Dr. Tauber’s and the team at St. John’s Medical Research Institute. Download Hi-Res Image

10- Missouri State University President Dr. James Cofer congratulated St. John’s on receiving a $4.8 milllion Department of Defense grant for a corneal wound repair program to provide effective and easy-to-use tools to assist medics in treating eye injuries on the battlefield. The program is in partnership with Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Download Hi-Res Image

11 – St. John’s Health System President / CEO Jon Swope thanked Dr. Shachar Tauber and the team at St. John’s Medical Research Institute for their groundbreaking work. “This is a major turning point in the treatment and repair of eye injuries and could also very well be a key to the future of eyesight-saving techniques for generations to come,” he said.Download Hi-Res Image

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