At Tufts University in Boston, BrightFocus grantees Sheldon Rowan and Allen Taylor are testing whether diet protects against AMD by influencing the microbiome, or bacteria living in our body. They are leaders in the field of nutrition and the aging eye.
Ruchira Singh and colleagues at the University of Rochester and worldwide have shown that even rare forms of macular degeneration develop in ways similar to AMD, with drusen formation and extracellular proteins. The goal ahead: effective early treatment approaches.
Using atomic-level imaging, Paul Seidler, UCLA, looks at how tau protein creates tangles in Alzheimer’s—and how to stop it with well-designed drugs. The work is supported by a partnership between BrightFocus and Alzheimer’s Los Angeles.
Funded in part by BrightFocus’ Macular Degeneration Research program, Allen Taylor, MD, and his colleagues at Tufts University are studying how dietary patterns can affect the eyes and one’s risk of macular degeneration.