~The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) Awards $250,000 Grant for Project Forecasting Glaucoma Progression Using Artificial Intelligence~
Newswise — New York, NY, December 31 –The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) is signing off 2021 with the largest research grant it has ever awarded. Over the years TGF has funded millions of dollars in smaller seed grants for innovative ideas that have led to larger grants funded by the government and other entities.
Now TGF has awarded $250,000 to a research team at the University of California, San Diego for a two-year project designed to help forecast glaucoma progression and the need for surgical intervention using Artificial Intelligence (AI). UC San Diego’s winning proposal was selected by a panel of independent AI experts from five applicants who had responded to a call for applications by The Glaucoma Foundation earlier in 2021.
“There is currently no way to forecast glaucoma disease progression or make predictions about whether patients will require incisional surgery or be blinded by glaucoma,” says Elena Sturman, President and CEO of The Glaucoma Foundation. “Also, decisions about target intraocular pressure (IOP) are arbitrary and based on clinical consideration of patient age, amount of baseline damage, and baseline IOP.”