Notizie dal JSEI

 

 

Il Dr.  Heckenlively, responsabile de progetto di ricerca, risponde ad una nostra richiesta di informazioni

 

Request:

Dear Dr. Heckenlively,

I'm a floater sufferer and togheter with other Italian sufferer, we are
building up a Web site with the aim to inform about the floater problem and
support the research.
We have prepared a page dedicated to the research JSEI project in wich we
propose to make donation.
[....]
We are working to bring as many possible sufferers to our Werb site in
order to create a big force, make consistent donation to your project and
try to start other project.

Many people asked us how to make donation. So can you suggest some easly
way to do that ?

If you, some time, could spend 2 row to resume the last progress of your
reasearch project we can insert in you Web space in order to sponsor your
reasearch that for ALL us is the only hope.

Thanks a lot for your attention.


Answer:

[ ..] Research on Vitreoretinal Diseases including floaters

The Jules Stein Eye Institute is pleased to announce the founding of a new research effort to investigate a number of vitreoretinal diseases. Thisproject was originally stimulated by a large number of patients who contacted the Institute asking if we were conducting research on “floaters”. While there was no specific program to look at floaters, Jules Stein has had a long-standing pathology program to look at all diseases of the eye. After discussion among faculty members, enthusiasm developed to more specifically investigate vitreoretinal diseases. Recently, a friend of Jules Stein Eye Institute donated funding that will cover the expense of examining the tissues samples described below.

One of the first studies that the vitreoretinal diseases project will undertake will be to investigate the subject of “floaters”. Floaters are condensates in the vitreous gel inside the eye that may range from a few hair-like stands that float across the vision, to a large about of debris-material in the vision, which can be very distracting to patients. Most patients with floaters notice them, but do not find them overt distracting. However, a minority of patients find their floaters overwhelmingly difficult to tolerate.

It is our intention to initially investigate the causes and types of floaters
using the latest molecular analytical techniques in autopsy eyes. This
investigation will examine the changes in the vitreous gel with age, in
patients with severe floaters against patients of similar ages who do not have significant floaters. A second clinically oriented study will examine patients using a battery of noninvasive tests to see if factors can be identified which account for the intolerance that some patients have to floaters.

The investigations will be limited by the amount of funding that is available.
Donations will be gratefully accepted to help with this undertaking.
Remittances can be directed to: Jules Stein Eye Institute, Development Office, 100 Stein Plaza - UCLA, Los Angeles, California 90095 (telephone 310 825 4148). Checks in US dollars should be made out to the “Regents, U.C.” with anotation "Floater research fund".

Sincerely yours,

Bartly J. Mondino, M.D.
Director
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The initial donations are meant to allow for some pilot studies, and once we have preliminary evidence a grant proposal can be written.

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