CARTA fellow and team win $3.6 million NIH grant to fight blindness in Africa
Olusola Oluyinka Olawoye, CARTA cohort 7 fellow, is part of a research team from the University of Ibadan that has won the H3 Africa National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant worth USD$3.68million.
The grant, for a collaborative research project titled Eyes of Africa: the genetics of blindness, will be carried out in Nigeria, Gambia, Malawi and South Africa for a 5 year period.
The grant will study the genetics of blindness with a focus on Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) in Sub-Saharan Africa. POAG is one of the leading preventable causes of blindness in the world, it is a condition that leads to optic nerve damage and possible irreversible visual loss. Progression of this optic nerve damage can usually be halted with treatment but cannot be reversed once the damage is done.
Dr. Olawoye will work on the project alongside six investigators: Prof. Adeyinka Ashaye (lead PI), Prof. Michael Hauser (PI key), Prof. Rand Allingham, Prof. Chimdi Chuka Okosa (site PI), Dr. Abba Hydara (site PI) and Prof. Aderonke Baiyeroju. Prof. Ashaye, the lead investigator, is a Professor of Ophthalmology College of Medicine, University of Ibadan.
“I thank CARTA for their support and encouragement all the way,” she said. Dr. Olawoye’s doctoral study is on the Pathways to care and hospital retention of glaucoma patients in South West Nigeria.