UTSA, UTHSC to research eye condition
(April 1, 2004)--University of Texas at San Antonio Biology Professor Andrew Tsin has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation to study diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes and a leading cause of blindness, occurs when diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.
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Through a collaborative effort with W.A.J. van Heuven, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Tsin's team will analyze the level of marker proteins in blood samples from diabetic patients as indicators for the development of diabetic retinopathy. The UTSA researchers will also study protein inhibitors in human cell systems to develop new approaches for drug treatment.
"We greatly appreciate the financial support from the Kronkosky Foundation for our research on diabetic retinopathy," said Tsin, project director. "We hope that new data generated from these pilot projects will offer new prevention and treatment methods for diabetic patients in Bexar County that are currently unavailable."
According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 18 million people in the United States have diabetes and an estimated 5 million cases are undiagnosed. In Bexar County, more than 250,000 cases have been reported.