October 2014 | VOL. 13, NO. 10 | www.McGowan.pitt.edu
Needle Treatment for Glaucoma Shows Promise: A Monthly Injection That Might Replace Eye Drops Used Twice Daily
As reported by Ann Lukits of the Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh scientists led by McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Steven Little, PhD, chairman of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and associate professor and CNG faculty fellow in the Departments of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Bioengineering, Immunology, and Ophthalmology, are working to develop new techniques to administer medication for glaucoma patients that replace the usual regimen of twice-daily eye drops, a sometimes unreliable treatment. McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Joel Schuman, MD, Eye and Ear Foundation professor and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, with secondary appointments as professor of bioengineering and of clinical and translational science, and professor at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, a University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University collaboration, was a member of the research team as well.