ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Pediatric Cataract Initiative (www.PediatricCataract.org)
is now accepting applicants 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 protocols. The submission deadline is
November 15, 2010.
The grant is intended to support innovative research that can be
carried out in 12 months with limited resources. 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.
In addition to its global 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.
For additional information, 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,