Awards, Honors, and Grants

March 25, 2024

Yin Awarded Research to Prevent Blindness Physician-Scientist Award

Jia Yin, MD, PhD, MPH

Jia Yin, MD, PhD, MPH, of the Ophthalmology Service in the Department of Surgery, was selected for a Physician-Scientist Award from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) to advance her work to understand the relationship between blood vessels and sensory nerves in the cornea. This two-year, $300,000 award supports investigators pursuing clinical and basic science vision research. 

With this funding, Yin will research the hypothesis that sensory nerve-derived neuropeptide alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone plays a key role in developing new blood vessels in the cornea and represents a potential target for treating neovascularization, which can lead to vision loss. 

Yin conducts basic and clinical research in the areas of corneal angiogenesis, innervation, inflammation, wound healing, dry eye disease, ocular graft-versus-host disease and corneal dystrophy. She is the principal investigator of several federally funded research projects to investigate treatment for chemical injury to the eye, limbal stem cell deficiency and other ocular surface diseases.   

RPB is the leading nonprofit organization supporting eye research directed at the prevention, treatment or eradication of all diseases that threaten vision.