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School of Biomedical Sciences Award Banquet.: Congratulations Gretchen Johnson.

Big congrats to our second year PhD candidate Gretchen Johnson for being recognized at the School of Biomedical Sciences Award Banquet.

Gretchen was awarded with the Outstanding Visual Sciences Graduate Student of the Year and the Dr. Robert and Reverend Barbara Wordinger Memorial Scholarship in the Visual Sciences.

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The World Keratoconus Day is celebrated on Nov. 10 every year. It is sponsored by the National Keratoconus Foundation, an educational program of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California Irvine. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about keratoconus, as well as educating and advocating for those living with keratoconus.

Down syndrome (DS) is a common chromosomal disorder that results from the triplication of chromosome 21. Comorbid medical conditions frequently occur among individuals with DS; however, ophthalmic disorders such as keratoconus occurs 6 times more often among this population as compared to the general population. Keratoconus is a known multifactorial, progressive, degenerative disease of the cornea; however, the etiology of the disease remains unclear. The ongoing study aims to determine and validate the role of gonadotropins in the DS population with the keratoconus co-morbidity with the long-term goal to better understand the underlying mechanisms that result in increased risk for ocular co-morbidities such as keratoconus among this population. We aim to include ~90 participants with DS and/or keratoconus, who will donate biological fluids for analysis. If successful, data obtained from this study could help facilitate the development of a screening tool for detecting individuals with DS who are at risk for development of keratoconus, with the goal of defining potential enrollment into clinical trials. The study is spearheaded by Drs. Karamichos and Petersen (UNTHSC).

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Congratulations to Dr. Dorota Stankowska for receiving her research grant “Neuroprotective targets of transcription factor Brn3b” from Fight for Sight foundation!