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Glaucoma Research Foundation

www.glaucoma.org

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Prevent vision loss from glaucoma by investing in innovative research, education, and support with the ultimate goal of finding a cure.

Program Overview

Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing vision loss from glaucoma by investing in innovative research, education, and support with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. _x000D_
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GRF funds cutting-edge research around the world, seeking new and better treatments for glaucoma, in addition to a cure for this devastating disease, the leading cause of preventable blindness in America._x000D_
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Glaucoma Research Foundation does NOT conduct research on site. Our funds are disseminated to major research institutions nation and world-wide. Some of our research programs include:_x000D_
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Catalyst For a Cure (CFC) is a major collaborative research effort redefining how glaucoma research is conducted. This unique research model is focused on one clear objective: finding a cure for glaucoma. The CFC consortium is different from most research efforts in glaucoma both by its design and its intent. _x000D_
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The CFC was formed in 2002 by convening four investigative groups chosen by the Glaucoma Research Foundation’s CFC Scientific Advisory Board for their particular expertise in neurobiology, ophthalmology and developmental genetics. Each group forms a nucleus whose purpose is to facilitate the rapid and efficient development of technologies pertinent to understanding the causes of glaucoma and identifying potential new treatments. Catalyst For a Cure breaks with the traditional approach to medical research. Typically, individual scientists work on separate projects and share the advances they make only at conferences and in publications. Often, scientists in the same field are in competition for grant money to fund their work. CFC researchers, however, are engaged in a full, ongoing partnership. They spend time together in each other’s labs, collaborate online, and share results as they go._x000D_
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Shaffer Fund for Innovative Glaucoma Research is a program in which Glaucoma Research Foundation provides seed money for creative pilot research projects that hold promise. The National Institutes of Health and large companies may pass over the young researcher with an innovative idea, if there is no precedent. Armed with evidence made possible by GRF Shaffer Grants, scientists can often secure the major funding necessary to bring their ideas to fruition. It is vital that GRF invest funds in new high-impact research that may lead to major government and philanthropic support._x000D_
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Although organizing and conducting research was the main reason GRF was founded, it soon became apparent that a comprehensive glaucoma education program would be a valuable supplement for people with glaucoma and their families. We fulfill requests for glaucoma information and peer support worldwide. _x000D_
Over 100,000 constituents are receiving GRF’s free newsletter, Gleams, and free patient-focused publications, such as our newly updated patient guides, Understanding and Living with Glaucoma and Childhood Glaucoma, as well as health education facts sheets that deal with specific topics to further help glaucoma patients understand the disease. These publications are instrumental in disseminating practical information about glaucoma and how patients can integrate glaucoma treatments into their daily lives.