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Towsley Foundation Gives $1.5M for Ophthalmic Imaging Center

The Kellogg Eye Center has received a $1.5 million grant from the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation to build a state-of-the-art Ophthalmic Imaging Center.

The center, where images of the eye are captured to provide important information about eye disease, will play an expanded and pivotal role in a new Kellogg Eye Center clinical facility, scheduled to open in 2010.

"This advanced imaging center is essential for providing patients with the highest level of eye care, while serving as a key resource for our vision research and educational programs," says Paul Lichter, F. Bruce Fralik Professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

"Detailed images of the eye are used by ophthalmologists to help diagnose and treat eye disease, and such images also enable researchers to study the progression and treatment of diseases that affect so many individuals," he notes. For medical residents and medical students, ophthalmic images are fundamental to understanding the disease process.

The new Ophthalmic Imaging Center, to be named for Dr. Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley, will be equipped with specialty cameras that record cross-sectional views and three-dimensional images of the retina, optic nerve and other structures of the eye. The center will include six camera rooms, a photographic studio, a waiting area and a large work space.

Since its inception in 1959, the Towsley Foundation has supported a wide range of University and community initiatives in education, health care and medical education, including gifts to the School of Music, the Center for the Education for Women and the U-M Health System.

The Towsleys were U-M graduates and Harry Towsley further served as professor of pediatrics and chairman of the post-graduate medicine department.

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