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Dr. Tom Reh, professor of Biological Structure, will be getting a National Eye Institute “Audacious Goals research grant as part of a multi-institutional team studying glaucoma, a condition where progressive degeneration of the optic nerve threatens vision. The optic nerve, made up of retinal ganglion cell nerve fibers, conducts visual information from the retina to the brain. This team is generating a new animal model system to study how to place new retinal ganglion cells into the eye and guide the cells’ nerve fibers to appropriate regions of the brain. Success would constitute overcoming a major hurdle in the development of treatments for vision loss due to glaucoma and other optic neuropathies.