Albany Med Student Wins Fellowship to Research Blindness Prevention


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Albany Med Student Wins Fellowship to Research Blindness Prevention

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June 24, 2014 - Albany , NY

ALBANY, N.Y., June 24, 2014 - Albany Medical College student Devang Bhoiwala, '16, has been awarded a $30,000 grant by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) to study retinal disease at the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Ophthalmology and Scheie Eye Institute.

With the RPB Medical Student Fellowship, Bhoiwala will take a year off from medical school to research age-related macular degeneration and the connection between high doses of iron and how this may result in retinal damage.

His work has the potential to improve the lives of patients who suffer from "iron-overloaded" conditions, such as hereditary hemochromatosis, as well as individuals with iron-deficiency anemia who receive various forms of supplementation.

"This prestigious fellowship is a tremendous opportunity for Mr. Bhoiwala to combine his research skills and medical training to benefit the study of blindness and vision loss," said Vincent Verdile, M.D. ,'84, Albany Medical College dean and executive vice president for Health Affairs.

RPB is the world's leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions throughout the United States for research into all blinding eye diseases. For more information on RPB, RPB-funded research, eye disorders and the RPB Grants Program, go to

Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York's only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region's largest physicians practice with nearly 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region's health and quality of life. For more information: or


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