Research Grants

The ASCRS Foundation Research Grants Program has awarded over $500,000 to fund research studies, exploring new treatment options and promising ideas. Young, enterprising ophthalmologists founded ASCRS, and the ASCRS Foundation Research Grants Program is a way to carry on that tradition—by furthering research into all areas of eye disease and treatment.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017 Research Grant.

“One of the great elements of the ASCRS Foundation Research Grants Program is the reporting aspect. Grant recipients report their results to the membership in the form of a paper or poster at the ASCRS Annual Symposium. This ultimately allows the entire membership to benefit from the inspired thinking of these future ophthalmic leaders.”
Jack M. Dodick, MD, Professor and Chairman Department of Ophthalmology, NYU School of Medicine and ASCRS Foundation Board Member.
“My research focuses on a unique drug and delivery system to reduce posterior capsule opacification, the leading complication to cataract surgery. Children have the highest rate of PCO formation which can be quite difficult to treat. If successful, this research will help children avoid or minimize the secondary vision loss that comes with PCO. Based on our preliminary data, we hope to achieve these goals within a year bringing us closer to clinical applications.”
Heather Chandler, MD
“I am studying the protective effects of sulforaphane on the retina. Lack of blood flow is a major contributor to vision loss in multiple diseases including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular occlusions. Sulforaphane demonstrates a generalized protective effect against retinal-ischemic injury. With in-vivo experiments, there appears to be a trend towards improved awave and b-wave amplitudes with use of sulforaphane.”
Lindsey Ambrecht, MD