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Doheny Distinguished Lecture Series Inside Out: Relations Between the Microbiome, Eye Health and Diabetic Retinopathy – Maria Grant, MD, FARVO

Dr. Grant is the Eivor and Alston Callahan, M.D., Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Globally known for her discoveries related to the functional processes of stem cells (hematopoietic, embryonic, and induced pluripotent) and their potential to prevent or repair vascular degeneration in retinopathies associated with diabetes and hypoxia, her recent work has focused on understanding the gut-eye axis, particularly the link between gut barrier function and disruption of the blood retinal barrier in diabetes. Her presentation will discuss new ways to diminish DR using genetically modified bacteria that target the renin angiotensin system and using stem cells to increase the integrity of the gut barrier.