The Clinical and Translational Research Program at Loyola University Department of Ophthalmology is working to measurably improve health outcomes for individuals with all forms of ophthalmic disorders.
Under direction of Dr. Bruce I. Gaynes, the program aims to speed development of new therapies for conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, all of which contribute to substantial visual impairment world-wide. The program intent is to foster a culture of research among students, faculty and patients that results in optimizing outcomes of ophthalmic disease management. The department supports research efforts by development and expansion of facility resources and promotion of collaborative research initiatives in all aspect of clinical and translational study both locally and world-wide.
Students are invited to actively participate in the program at all levels of involvement. Student researchers are provided a rich environment to foster critical thinking in the scientific method and are provided mentoring in clinical study design and biostatistics. Student involvement begins by selection of an appropriate research mentor, formulating a study design and outlining a plan for interpreting study findings. The program fully supports and encourages participation in the Stritch School of Medicine Honors Research Program. The department offers a diverse agenda in all ophthalmology subspecialties and research topics and can developed to meet specific student interests.
Examples of clinical research focus includes study of the following disorders: