Recent News

  • Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:15

    Arlene Drack, MD, presented a poster on data collected and analyzed over the past several years on multifocal ERG in patients with albinism. The poster generated excellent discussions with researchers from around the world with the unexpected and interesting finding that many albinism patients have a normal central multifocal ERG electrical spike despite having no visible fovea on OCT. This suggests that the cause of visual impairment in albinism patients is more posterior in the visual system, knowledge that is important to developing methods of improving vision in patients.

  • Friday, May 20, 2016 - 08:30

    Research laboratories cannot exist without support. If you are interested in supporting our laboratory, please contact Mitch Beckman at the University of Iowa Foundation at (319) 467-3402, email: Support comes from patients, families and others who volunteer to participate in research studies—thank you all! Important financial support is provided by grant agencies and foundations and the National Institutes of Health.

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 13:00

    Alina Dumitrescu, MD, presented the group's work at the annual meeting of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus in Vancouver, B.C., April 7, 2016. This work was funded by the Vision for Tomorrow Foundation. The poster entitled "Genotype Phenotype Correlations in Albinism" won a "Best in Show" award and was discussed during a special poster tour.

  • Monday, March 28, 2016 - 08:30

    This week our department sent an “away team” across the state to the Genetic Advancement Center in Sioux Center Iowa as part of a collaboration with the University of South Dakota. Arlene Drack, MD, was asked to lend her ERG expertise to characterizing a new pig model that is being developed there. The Drack Research team, consisting of Wanda Pfeifer, OC(C), COMT, Sajag Bhattarai, MS, and Dr. Drack, spent Monday and Tuesday at the locked “clean” facility. The WIVR supported this project by supplying wild type pigs of the same breed and ages as the newly developed pigs at the U.

  • Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 10:45

    Megan presented her poster, "The Role of Monocytes in Mouse Models of Retinal Degeneration", at the 6th annual Fall Undergraduate Research Festival this past November.

  • Friday, November 6, 2015 - 20:00

    Prior to their sold out show at Woolie's in Des Moines, Iowa, X Ambassadors visited with members of the Drack Research Lab and their families to discuss the research being done for Leber Congenital Amaurosis and other genetic eye diseases. We were able to show the guys our video featuring two brothers with Leber Congenital Amaurosis touring the Wynn Institute for Vision Research and visiting different parts of the lab where treatments and cures are being sought.