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Professor Morikis Honored with Grant and Award for Macular Degeneration Research

June 10, 2013

Dr. MorikisWe are proud to announce that Dr. Morikis has received the Carolyn K. McGillvray Memorial Award for Macular Degeneration Research, administered by the BrightFocus Foundation (http://www.brightfocus.org/). Dr. Morikis has published extensively on the development of immune system inhibitors that are candidates for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration. Mrs. McCillvray was a successful businesswoman, savvy investor, and much-loved wife, mother and grandmother. She died at the age of 99 in 2008. Her son made a generous gift to MDR to the BrightFocus Foundation to honor her memory and her fighting spirit as she battled macular degeneration.

Dr. Morikis has also received a $120,000 Macular Degeneration grant from the BrightFocus Foundation for his research project entitled "Drug Discovery for Macular Disease". This grant will enable Dr. Morikis and his research group to perform virtual screening studies to identify chemical compounds that have the potential to become therapeutics for age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Morikis and collaborator Dr. Monte Radeke of University of California, Santa Barbara, will complement the computational studies with biochemical and cell-based functional assays.

Macular Degeneration Research (MDR) is the newest BrightFocus program. Since 1999, BrightFocus has awarded over $12.5 million to support basic research into the causes and potential treatments of this disease. MDR is currently supporting 31 biomedical research projects. Current BrightFocus Macular Degeneration research awards can be found here: http://www.brightfocus.org/research/grants/mdrcurrentawards.html.

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