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Researchers Discover Body’s Own Proteins Could Regrow Beta Cells

Researchers at Joslin have made some headway in the challenge to regrow beta cells–a key to curing diabetes in all of its forms–recently announcing their discovery that a protein produced in the liver increases the rate of beta cell growth. The protein, called serpinB1, was studied in humans, mice and zebrafish. In all three organisms the protein showed a positive correlation to beta cell growth. And in one striking experiment, beta cells that had been completely wiped out began to grow again.

A Possible New Treatment for Dry AMD

Age-related Macular Dengeration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, and though effective treatments are available for the wet AMD, they are currently lacking for the more-prevalent dry form. The researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary found evidence that treatment with high-dose atorvastatin (80mg) is associated with regression of lipid deposits and improvement in visual acuity, without progression to advanced disease, in high-risk AMD patients. You can read more about it here.

A Message from the President

I am humbled and honored to have the privilege of serving as the 2015-2016 President of the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund (MLERF). It has been 90 years since Helen Keller addressed the Lions and asked us to be her “Knights of the Blind.” In her speech, Helen asked the Lions to: “Try to imagine how you would feel if you lost your sight tomorrow. Picture yourself stumbling and groping at noonday as in the night, your work, your independence gone!

MLER Awards $1,030,000

July 23, 2015. MLERF President Randall “Randy” Pinch announced the recipients of the 2013-2014 MLERF grants. Through the fund-raising efforts of Lions throughout Massachusetts, MLERF was able to distribute $1,030,000 to Boston area research institutions. Grants were awarded to the following institutions: Boston University Medical Center($180,000) Boston Children’s Hospital($ 140,000) Tufts University Medical Center($124,000) Joslin Diabetes Center($180,000) Umass Medical Center, Worcester ($46,000) Schepens Eye Research Institute ($180,000) Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary ($180,000) Dr.

Six Harvard Medical School Researchers Win Prestigious $1.3M Vision Award

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 (Lisbon, Portugal) Six Harvard Medical School (HMS) researchers were among the recipients honored with world’s largest prize in eye research, the Champalimaud Vision Award given for groundbreaking therapy that treats leading cause of blindness. The impact of the 2014 Champalimaud Laureates’ work is significant. According to the National Eye Institute, 2.1 million people in the U.S. have AMD; as the population ages, the number of cases is expected to increase to 3.

President’s Message

To all Lions, Lioness and Leos of MD 33: It is an incredible honor to be your 63rd President of the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. I am proud to be leading such an extraordinary Lions organization. I am proud to be following a long list of great Lions who preceded me as President. However, I am most proud of what our Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund has accomplished over the past 62 years.

MLERF Awards $1,000,000 in Grants

On July 17th, the MLERF Board of Directors, MLERF Immediate Past President Jim Gracia announced the recipients of the 2013-2014 MLERF grants. Through the fund-raising efforts of Lions throughout Massachusetts, MLERF was able to distribute $1,004,000 to Boston area research institutions. Grants were awarded to the following institutions: BU School of Medicine ($183,000) Children’s Hospital ($183,000) Joslin Diabetes Center ($142,000) Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary ($183,000) New England Eye Centere – Tufts School Of Medicine ($ 110,000) Schepens Eye Research ($183,000) University of Massachusetts, Worcestor ($20,000)

Milford National Donates $2,500 to Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund

The Milford National Charitable Foundation, Inc. The mission of the Charitable Foundation is to provide financial assistance for the benefit of the community, charitable, educational and other benevolent purposes as they relate to non-profit organizations. The Milford National is proud to support the Lions Clubs.

Pictured is Dick Ferrucci, Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. President and Kristin Carvalho, Milford National President and CEO.


President’s Message

To all Lions, Lioness and Leos of MD 33: It is a honor and a privilege to have the awesome responsibility on being the 62nd President of your Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. (MLERF). As you all may or may not know the MLERF is the statewide project voted by the Lions of Massachusetts. Our goal at MLERF is to provide the much needed research grant money with the help of you the Lions of MD 33 to eradicate preventable blindness.

MLERF Awards $876,000 in Grants

At a recent meeting of the MLERF Board of Directors, MLERF President Jim Gracia announced the recipients of the 2012-2013 MLERF grants. Through the fund-raising efforts of Lions throughout Massachusetts, MLERF was able to distribute $876,000 to Boston area research institutions. In addition, Dr. David Hunter of Children’s Hospital received this years Presidential grant. The Presidential grant award was $60,000 which will be matched by a $60,000 Lions Club International Foundation grant.