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The mission of The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) is to fund groundbreaking research and to educate the public about the disease and the importance of early detection to prevent blindness. Founded in1984 by Dr. Robert Ritch, TGF is one of the premier not-for-profit organizations dedicated to eradicating blindness from glaucoma through vital research and education. The Foundation works to encourage and support basic and applied research in glaucoma, to gain and disseminate new information about the causes and treatment of glaucoma, and to further efforts to identify and develop novel approaches to preserve visual function and reverse blindness caused by glaucoma.
• Over the past 10 years The Foundation's Grant-in-Aid Program has awarded more than $3 million dollars in seed money for cutting-edge research projects. Preliminary data from these projects have frequently been used to support proposals for larger grants from entities such as the National Institutes of Health. • Since 1994 The Glaucoma Foundation's interdisciplinary Annual International Scientific Think Tank has brought together some of the world's top scientists and clinicians. These gatherings have significantly impacted setting the course to find new treatments and cures for glaucoma. • Headquartered in New York, TGF serves patients across the globe through its website, on-line support groups and local chapters in Greater Chicago, Long Island (NY), New England, and New York City. • The organization's "Eye to Eye" newsletter keeps more than 30,000 households worldwide informed about research news and other developments, and includes such informative features as "Doctor, I Have A Question."
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