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Cleveland Clinic receives $2M grant for eye research

A researcher from the Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute has received a $2 million federal grant to study cells that lead to scar tissue in the eye.

A researcher from the Cleveland Clinic‘s Cole Eye Institute has received a $2 million federal grant to study cells that  contribute to scar tissue in the eye.

The grant to Dr. Steven Wilson comes from the National Eye Institute (NEI), according to a statement from the Clinic.

“Our research is focused on how cells in the cornea communicate with each other to regulate healing after corneal injury, surgery and infection,” Wilson said.

Scar tissue can be beneficial if it supports structures in the eye, but it also can create problems with patients’ vision after eye surgeries.

The goal of Wilson’s research is to understand wound healing responses in the eye to enable the development of new drugs.

Wilson  began his research in 1994 with funding from the NEI.