CHICAGO — The Pediatric Cataract Initiative (www.PediatricCataract.org)
has set a November 15 deadline for receipt of applications for its
inaugural single small research grant. US$75,000 will be awarded to a
qualified individual, institution or organization investigating the
causes of pediatric cataract and/or improved treatment tools and
The grant will support innovative research that can be carried out in 12
months with limited resources. It is not geographic dependent, although
the research should have a degree of applicability regionally or
globally. Applicants may submit more than one proposal provided that
each is scientifically distinct. Please visit www.pediatriccataract.org/grant_funding.html to download the complete request for proposals.
The newly founded Pediatric Cataract Initiative is a partnership between
the Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute and Lions Clubs International
Foundation to identify, fund and promote innovative methods of
overcoming pediatric cataract ? a debilitating childhood condition that
clouds the eye’s natural lens ? for the long-term benefit of children,
their families and their communities.
Attendees at this week’s American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and
Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) Joint Meeting in
Chicago can obtain more information at the Bausch + Lomb and Lions Clubs
International Foundation booths in McCormick Place.
In addition to its non-geographic-specific research grant, the
Initiative is committing funding and support during its first year to
innovative, scalable prevention and treatment programs in the People’s
Republic of China, where at least 40,000 children are estimated to
suffer from pediatric cataract. The prevalence of pediatric cataract
ranges from one to four children per 10,000 births in developing
countries — ten times the rate of occurrence in developed nations.
To learn more, visit www.PediatricCataract.org or follow the Initiative at www.twitter.com/PCInitiative.
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About the Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute
The Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute is a program of the global eye
health company focusing on children's vision research, treatment,
prevention and advocacy. Founded in 1853, Bausch + Lomb is one of the
best-known and most respected healthcare brands in the world, with its
contact lenses and solutions, ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, and ophthalmic
surgical products available in approximately 100 countries. For more
information, visit www.bausch.com.
About Lions Clubs International Foundation
Lions Clubs International Foundation is the grant-making body of Lions
Clubs International, the world’s largest volunteer service organization.
The LCIF SightFirst program, Lions’ flagship initiative, builds
comprehensive eye care systems to fight the major causes of blindness
and care for blind and visually impaired persons. Since 1990, the
SightFirst program has helped restore sight to more than 30 million
people around the world, having invested more than US$237 million in
surgeries, the improvement of hundreds of eye care facilities and
training of thousands of eye care professionals. For more information,