Ophthalmology Dedicates Eye Care Center, Kicks Off Campaign

Kevin Rademacher
Sept. 20, 2000

The University of Arizona department of ophthalmology and the Lions Clubs International will dedicate the department's new facility Thursday, Sept. 21, at 8 a.m. at 707 N. Alvernon Way and kick off a $6 million fund-raising project for macular degeneration research.

The event, to be held just prior to the downtown Tucson opening of
the Lions' USA-Canada Forum, will include presentations by Dr. Robert Snyder,
head of the ophthalmology department; UA Provost George Davis and Dr. Jean Behar, president of Lions Clubs International.

The five-year, $6 million fund-raising campaign will seek funds for the department of ophthalmology's Southwest Age-Related Macular Degeneration Research Program.

This initiative will pursue the development of new surgical and non-surgical treatments of ARMD through the investigation of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie ARMD.

This venture, which is being led by the department and its Lions partners, promises results in the fight against ARMD, the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in the United States. Key to the program's mission will be the establishment of a research training program for clinical and postdoctoral fellows, graduate/medical students, and undergraduate students. The program also will focus on the creation of an endowed chair position for the project leader. This position would be filled through the recruitment of a nationally recognized research scientist with extensive ARMD experience.

The new facility, Arizona Lions Eye Care and the Shiff Diagnostic Center, is the result of a decade-long partnership between the department and the Lions. It opened late last year after a $500,000 remodeling and features a refractive surgery center, diagnostic center, optical shop, and ample space for the department's many clinical trials.




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