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Sinusitis

Eric Wang, MD, FACS

“Spring, when your nose does more running than you do.” —Anonymous The beginning of Spring is when people often suffer from allergies and rhinosinusitis issues due to the increase of pollen in the air from the blooming of flowers and trees.  While many people will get quick relief from common medications such as antihistamines and nasal steroids, a segment of the population feels like every day of the year is a mid-April day due to chronic sinusitis. For these individuals, advances in sinus and allergy treatments can dramatically change their daily quality of life. What is Chronic Sinusitis? Chronic sinusitis

Sight + Sound Bites Webinar: Innovative Treatments for Nasal Obstruction and Chronic Rhinosinusitis

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Join us on Wednesday, March 24th at Noon for our upcoming webinar, Sight + Sound Bites: Innovative Treatments for Nasal Obstruction and Chronic Rhinosinusitis featuring Eric Wang, MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A where our panelists will answer questions from our audience. To register for this webinar, visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/7116160800622/WN_xUp0ll1nTSWqOybxk2N7MA Visit https://eyeandear.org/donate to support our research and educational efforts. Please register for the mailing list to stay informed on our research and patient care advances. Should you have any questions please email Craig Smith at craig@eyeandear.org.

Choroid: Unsung Workhorse of the Eye

Jay Chhablani, MD

An often understated yet critically important part of the eye is the choroid. Understanding what the choroid is and its role in vision can one day help researchers and clinicians better diagnose and treat commonly known diseases of the eye, such as macular degeneration. What is the Choroid? The choroid is the most vascular layer of the eye. It supplies nutritional support to photoreceptors (the most critical cells in the retina) and plays a vital role in vision. Its function is very well established in vision-threatening diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, central serous chorioretinopathy, and pachychoroid diseases. However, understanding

NEXTpittsburgh | $25 million Hillman grant for Pitt to make the region a vision care hub

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March 2, 2021 By Michael Machosky The Bay Area is known worldwide for its tech startups. Philadelphia is known for its pharmaceutical cluster. Pittsburgh may someday be known for … eyes? The city’s well-established life sciences cluster just got a big boost from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, to the tune of $25 million. Of that, $20 million will go toward vision care research and development through the Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh, which supports Pitt’s Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. Those outside of the medical community may not think of eyes as one of Pittsburgh’s specialties, but the region is

Sight + Sound Bites Webinar: Tackling the Eye Disease and Pain of Shingles

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Join us on Friday, March 5th at Noon for our upcoming webinar, Sight + Sound Bites: Tackling the Eye Disease and Pain of Shingles. This webinar features Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD, L.Ac, Paul (Kip) Kinchington, PhD, and Gaurav Prakash, MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A where our panelists will answer questions from our audience. To register for this webinar, visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/5116147821741/WN_Azm-4Cm0RV210xzNTe0d_A Visit https://eyeandear.org/donate to support our research and educational efforts. Please register for the mailing list to stay informed on our research and patient care advances. Should you have any

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | $25 million Hillman grant will advance vision care research at UPMC

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February 26, 2021 By Kris B. Mamula The University of Pittsburgh has received a $25 million grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, most of which will support vision care research while spurring growth of the city’s life science economy. Of the total grant, $20 million will fund vision care research through the Eye & Ear Foundation, which supports Pitt’s departments of ophthalmology and otolaryngology. At the center of the research is the UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower, which is funded by UPMC and under construction on the campus of UPMC Mercy Hospital, Uptown. “If a new treatment happens, it

Pittsburgh Business Times | Hillman Foundation’s $25M gift to boost biomedical research at Pitt

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By Paul J. Gough  –  Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times Feb 25, 2021, 11:21am EST The Henry L. Hillman Foundation is giving $25 million to expand the life sciences cluster in Pittsburgh, including $20 million to increase vision care R&D via The Eye & Ear Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh Departments of Opthamology and Otolaryngology. The gift will put the Eye & Ear Foundation’s fundraising campaign to expand the UPMC and Pitt vision R&D at more than halfway. The work will be led by Dr. José‐Alain Sahel, a world-renowned eye expert who joined Pitt in 2016 and is in charge of the development

Pittwire | Pitt’s Plans for Growth of Regional Life Sciences Cluster Get Boost From $25 Million Gift; Advancements in Vision Care Lead the Way

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 Source: Pittwire Philadelphia has its pharmaceutical cluster, San Francisco is known for its tech startups and Boston boasts about its investment capital. Thanks to efforts by the University of Pittsburgh, fueled by a $25 million gift from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, Pittsburgh is enhancing its role as a premier life sciences cluster.The gift, announced this week, will support focused biomedical research, develop collaborations through virtual spaces and physical infrastructure, build systems for new and growing life sciences companies and drive inclusive workforce development.“This gift is an investment in the University of Pittsburgh but also in

The Sound of Progress

Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD

Dr. Thanos Tzounopoulos and his team within the Pittsburgh Hearing Resource Center at the University of Pittsburgh continue to make progress in their quest to develop a pharmacological treatment for tinnitus. Tinnitus is a condition where a person hears ringing, buzzing, chirping, or other sounds in their ears. The noise can be intermittent or continuous, and can vary in loudness. According to the American Tinnitus Association, over 45 million Americans suffer from this disruptive condition. Dr. Tzounopoulos, Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Otolaryngology, recently published an article in the Journal of the Association for Research

UPMC Kildare Installs High-Tech Laser for Eye Surgery

José-Alain Sahel, MD

February 16, 2021 By: Courtney Caprara, UPMC UPMC Kildare Hospital, located in Clane, Ireland, is the first hospital in that country to install an innovative laser with the potential to transform laser eye surgery. This portable technology, called the Ziemer Z8, uses short bursts of energy to create gas bubbles that make a small incision in the patient’s cornea, and then a laser corrects their vision. The Ziemer Z8 is less invasive and more precise than traditional devices, which use a small blade to achieve the same incision. “This promising technology provides patients with a more comfortable surgical experience and

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