Dr. Subhash Aryal awarded ophthalmology and blindness prevention big data research grant


Published: September 5, 2019

By Sally Crocker

AryalDr. Subhash Aryal, Associate Professor, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, at the UNTHSC School of Public Health, has been awarded the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB)/American Academy of Ophthalmology Award for IRIS® Registry Research.

Dr. Aryal is one of four clinical researchers in the U.S. selected for this big data grant in ophthalmology and blindness prevention.

The Academy and RPB created this funding opportunity to help clinical researchers use the Academy’s IRIS Registry comprehensive eye disease database to investigate the causes of both rare and common eye diseases and uncover innovative approaches to prevention and treatment. The IRIS Registry is the world’s largest medical specialty clinical database, with data on 60 million patients.

Dr. Aryal will be studying the causes and best treatment options for central serous chorioretinopathy, a condition that forms under the retina, leading to vision loss in primarily young and middle-aged adults. While most people regain their vision without treatment, the Academy reports, about 5 percent suffer permanent vision loss. Dr. Aryal will use IRIS Registry data to learn which of the three main treatment options offer the best results for this blinding condition.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, with a global community of 32,000 medical doctors committed to protecting sight, setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for patients and the public.

Research to Prevent Blindness supports eye research directed at the prevention, treatment or eradication of all diseases that damage and destroy sight. Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has awarded more than $368 million in research grants, resulting in major breakthroughs in the understanding and treatment of vision loss over the last 50 years.