North Texas Eye Research Institute

HSC students volunteer to conduct student eye screenings. (left to right) second-year student pharmacists, Meredith Kenerley, Kelli Mosley and TCOM first-year student, Salma Omar
NTERI and HSC students continue critical eye screenings during pandemicBy Krista Roberts  The North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI) is making an impact in the community through free vision screenings and educational outreach. Through a collaboration with the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD), NTERI performs state-mandated eye screenings for students under age six and with special needs, helping identify vision disorders at a critical stage of their learning. “We know Read More »

May 13, 2021

Dr. Hongli Wu
HSC researcher sees potential for retinal protection with new research grantA large number of veterans and military members experience eye trauma and potential vision loss due to service-related injuries. With the support of a research grant from the Department of Defense (DoD), researcher Dr. Hongli Wu is on the cusp of developing a delivery agent to protect those ailments.   The Vision Research Program (VRP) Investigator-Initiated Research Award is a highly competitive grant with a defined vision Read More »

Jan 8, 2021

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A glaucoma treatment that skips the poke in the eyeBy Jan Jarvis   One of the ways researchers are exploring treating the optic nerve damage of glaucoma is an injection directly into the eye. But Suchismita Acharya, PhD, is studying a different approach that not only takes the pain out of treating this blinding disease but also holds the promise of curing it. HSC Read More »

Nov 12, 2018

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Promising treatment for disease that destroys eye tissueBy Jan Jarvis Ocular inflammation uveitis is a serious disease that can destroy eye tissue and cause irreversible blindness. Fortunately, blindness and eye damage can be prevented by suppressing the immune system and treating the disease with corticosteroids, said Sai Chavala, MD, Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience and Director of Translational Research at the North Read More »

Oct 9, 2018

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A prestigious glaucoma prize, again, for UNTHSC eye researchersBy Jan Jarvis In 1998, a team of researchers that included Abe Clark, PhD, won worldwide recognition for its discovery of the first gene that causes glaucoma. Two decades later, the same team has found a possible treatment for this blinding eye disease. “We’ve gone from discovering the first glaucoma gene to finding a way Read More »

Sep 13, 2018

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Move-in day approaching for new campus buildingBy Eric Parker   Move-in day is coming for the Interdisciplinary Research and Education Building (IREB). The target date is Oct. 22. The five-story, 173,000-square-foot building will house and support the UNT System College of Pharmacy, the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, and the North Texas Eye Research Institute. The project is ahead of Read More »

Aug 9, 2018

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Bringing better vision to Fort Worth childrenBy Jan Jarvis   One-by-one, the preschoolers inched into the darkened room, where they came face-to-face with what looked like a camera. “We’re going to take a picture of your eye,” said Ricardo Belmares, a PhD candidate at UNT Health Science Center. “Be still, be still. Beautiful.” In a matter of seconds, the preschoolers’ vision Read More »

Oct 30, 2017

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Twenty years of teamwork, then a glaucoma breakthroughBy Jan Jarvis   More than two decades of teamwork between researchers at the University of Iowa and UNT Health Science Center has led to a breakthrough for treating a type of glaucoma that damages the eyesight of millions and can cause irreversible vision loss. The research focuses on myocilin, a protein implicated in both Read More »

Oct 3, 2017

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Alum helps good science find financial backersBy Betsy Friauf   During four years earning her PhD in the Visual Science Graduate Program, Jaclyn Bermudez received prestigious awards for her dedication to research into how glaucoma robs millions of people of their eyesight. Now she’s taking her visionary reach to the next level by launching a career matching dollars with promising research. Read More »

Jul 7, 2017

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Join HSC scientists for a night at the museumBy Alex Branch The Fort Worth Science and History Museum is great fun for children, but UNT Health Science Center is partnering with the museum on an entertaining social event for adults. Visitors 21 and older can enjoy wine or beer from a cash bar and interactive science learning from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Read More »

Mar 30, 2017