California Eye Center Gets $6.5 Million from Patient

Donation will be used to strengthen focus on stem-cell research.

A $6.5 million donation from an unnamed patient will help the Shiley Eye Center at UC San Diego strengthen its focus on stem cells, which hold the promise of repairing damage done by diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. “This donation just takes the work that we’re doing and puts it on a launching pad,” said Dr. Robert Weinreb, center director and leading glaucoma researcher. “It accelerates our ability to do clinical trials.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said about 1.8 million Americans have advanced age-related macular degeneration — and projects that number to soar to 2.9 million by 2020.

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