The University of Iowa and the Iowa Lions Eye Bank work together to ensure donated eye tissue, if not used for transplantation, provides invaluable insight for researchers looking into common and rare eye diseases.
Donated tissue is crucial to the work of the research team because the human eye is unique, and therefore not easily replicated in animal models. The researchers study donated eyes and eye tissue to better understand macular degeneration, stem cells and the impact of certain diseases on different areas of the eye. The work of the University of Iowa and the Iowa Lions Eye Bank highlights one of the many ways donated tissue plays a role in scientific advancements.
Read more about the University of Iowa’s work with donated tissue here.