William J. Brunken, PhD, Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of the Center for Vision Research, has been elected to serve on the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology's Research Director's Council for five years.
Dr. William J. Brunken was awarded a competitive renewal of his R01 grant from the National Eye Institute. The grant is entitled: Role of Extracellular Matrix in Retinal Development and Disease.
CVR Postdoc Awarded Grass Foundation Fellowship
Dr. Martinez-De Luna's work looks at the role of intermediate filament proteins in neural degeneration and regeneration. The expression of intermediate filament proteins (IFPs) in glial cells has been implicated in the inability of some vertebrates to regenerate the central nervous system. Taking advantage of the ability of Xenopus laevis to regenerate the retina, she will use the XOPNTR transgenic line, a model of rod degeneration and regeneration, to determine the role of IFPs in these two processes. Specifically, she will investigate if the IFPs glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and Vimentin are important regulators of retinal degeneration and the ability of the Xenopus retina to regenerate. The results of this study will determine if upregulation of GFAP and Vimentin IFPs is required for Müller cell reactivity, retinal degeneration and restricting the regenerative capacity of the retina. For a complete list of the Grass Foundation Fellows for 2014, please click here. - See more at:

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