The Eye Research Institute has awarded grants to the following five projects in 2009:

An in vitro model of eye movements and choice
Principal Investigator, Michele A. Basso (Physiology; Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences)
Collaborator: Meyer B. Jackson (Physiology)

Use of vitamin D3 analogues for the treatment of neovascular AMD
Principal Investigator, Ronald P. Danis(Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences)
Collaborators: Nader Sheibani (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences), Matthew D. Davis (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Emeritus)

Can OCT be used to identify axon loss in the optic nerve in a model of MS?
Principal Investigator, Ian D. Duncan (Medical Sciences, VetMed)
Collaborators: James Ver Hoeve (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences), T. Michael Nork (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences), Aaron S. Field (Radiology), Alexander Converse (Medical Physics), Zsuzsanna Fabry (Pathology), Helena Rylander (Medical Sciences, VetMed)

In vivo retinal neuroprotection by the sigma-1 receptor
Principal Investigators, Lian-Wang Guo (Pharmacology), Arnold Ruoho (Pharmacology)
Collaborators: Curtis R. Brandt (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences; Medical Microbiology), Robert W. Nickells (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences), Timur Mavlyutov (Pharmacology), Akihiro Ikeda (Genetics), Bo Chang (The Jackson Laboratory)

The effect of GFAP on retinal ganglion cell neurite outgrowth
Principal Investigator, Robert W. Nickells (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences)
Collaborator: Albee Messing (Pathology, VetMed; Comparative Biosciences, Waisman Center)