June 1, 2017

Kellogg Eye Center Gains Research Support from Knights of Templar

Young investigators at University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center have received grants from the Knights of Templar Eye Foundation to improve care of pediatric eye diseases.

Tapan Patel, M.D., Ph.D., a PGY-2 resident physician, earned a $65,000 grant to determine the utility of using a smartphone device to screen for retinopathy of prematurity. His mentors are resident Tyson Kim, M.D., Ph.D., and Yannis Paulus, M.D., a Kellogg Eye Center ophthalmologist and biomedical engineering specialist.

Lev Prasov, M.D., Ph.D., a PGY-3 resident physician, will spend his $65,000 grant to validate a new gene for nanophthalmos, a rare eye malformation in which children are born with abnormally small eyeballs. University of Michigan genetic specialists Julia E. Richards, Ph.D., and Sally Camper, Ph.D., are his mentors.

KTEF supports clinical and basic researchers committed to the understanding, prevention and cure of sight-threatening diseases in infants and children.

The Foundation’s Career-Starter Research Grants are a unique funding source for residents, says Monte Del Monte, M.D., pediatric ophthalmology specialist at Kellogg Eye Center. The grants can help launch the careers of young investigators as they collect preliminary data for future larger awards.