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Wayne State University School of Medicine

Dr. Kowluru secures additional grant for diabetic retinopathy studies

Renu Kowluru, Ph.D.

Renu Kowluru, Ph.D.

Renu A. Kowluru, Ph.D., professor of Ophthalmology, Anatomy/Cell Biology, and Endocrinology for the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Kresge Eye Institute, received a $30,000 grant to further her studies in combating diabetic retinopathy.

The grant, from Dennis L. Gierhart through ZeaVision LLC, will fund the study titled “Effect of Antioxidant Supplementation on Diabetic Retinopathy.” Dr. Kowluru’s study will investigate the effect of carotenoids in the development of diabetic retinopathy.

This is the third year Dr. Kowluru has received funding from ZeaVision, LLC to continue her diabetic retinopathy research.

Retinopathy, the most common cause of acquired blindness in young adults and in diabetic patients, results from damage to the small blood vessels in the retina. All people with diabetes are at risk of developing retinopathy, and the risk increases the longer a person has diabetes. Between 40 percent and 45 percent of Americans with diabetes suffer from retinopathy, according to the National Eye Institute.
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