Bowes-Rickman Receives RPB/IRRF Catalyst Award for Innovative Research Approaches for AMD

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Duke School of Medicine has been granted a $300,000 Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) / International Retinal Research Foundation (IRRF) Catalyst Award for Innovative Research Approaches for AMD to support research by Catherine Bowes-Rickman, PhD. The Award is designed to support novel, ground-breaking research into age-related macular degeneration (AMD), with the ultimate goal of creating effective treatments for this increasingly common and debilitating condition.

Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled more than $355 million into eye research. As a result, RPB has been identified with nearly every major breakthrough in vision research in that time. For information on RPB's grants program, listing of RPB institutional and individual grantees, and findings generated by these awards, go to

Since 1997, the IRRF has been committed to accelerated and sustaining targeted research efforts into the disease of all structures of the human eye. The IRRF provides financial support of vision research directly as well as through strategic funding partnerships training fellowships, public awareness programs and the exchange of research findings.