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. As a result Children’s Hospital will receive $120,000.
Dr. Hunter explained that the grant will be used to purchase a ElectroRetinoGraph (mfERG). The multifocal ERG focuses on different areas of the retina, looking for localized areas of abnormality. Multifocal ERG is most useful in solving the common puzzle of a patient with poor vision who has a normal appearing retina. This test helps doctors discriminate between optic-nerve and retinal disease as well as diagnose and distinguish between the various white dot syndromes.
Grants were awarded to the following institutions:
- Joslin Diabetes Center ($169,000)
- Tufts School Of Medicine ($ 90,000)
- BU School of Medicine ($169,000)
- Schepens Eye Research ($169,000)
- Children’s Hospital ($110,000)
- Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary ($169,000)