Dr. Kate Keller receives outstanding young scientist award

August 15, 2014

Kate E. Keller, Ph.D., research assistant professor of ophthalmology in the OHSU School of Medicine, has received the RPB Sybil B. Harrington Special Scholar Award in the amount of $55,000 from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding diseases. The award, part of RPB's Special Scholar Program, is designed to support outstanding young scientists who are conducting research of unusual significance and promise.

Dr. Keller's research focuses on primary open-angle glaucoma, which is frequently associated with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). In her lab, Dr. Keller and colleagues are interested in identifying the molecular components of fluid blockage associated with IOP, and how to manipulate these components to enable greater aqueous humor flow through a filter-like tissue in the front of the eye called the trabecular meshwork.

RPB is the world's leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions throughout the United State for research into all blinding eye diseases. For information on RPB, RPB-funded research, eye disorders and the RPB Grants Program, go to www.rpbusa.org.