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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. 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)