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Lions Club International Foundation Awards Grant to Vision Scientists at Univ. of South Alabama for X-Rad 320

College of Medicine to evaluate role lymphocyte subsets

Drs. Robert Lausch and Robert Barrington, members of the USA Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile received a $50,000 grant from the Lions Club International Foundation to help purchase an X-Rad 320 Biological Irradiator. The unit was installed last month.

The state-of-the-art instrument will be used in experiments designed to evaluate the role of lymphocyte subsets in virus infections of the eye.

"We are conducting basic research using an experimental model that mimics human corneal infection," Dr. Lausch said in an announcement on Sept. 16, 2013.  "Different lymphocyte subsets have different activities, and their action can help resolve inflammation or make it worse. The overall goal is to identify, via cell transfer studies, therapeutic and vaccine targets useful in treating and/or preventing ocular disease. What's really neat is that we are able to label cells with a fluorescent dye and monitor where they go after transfer into an infected host."

Additional funding for the X-RAD 320 was provided by the Lions/USA Eye Research Institute, the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, and the USA College of Medicine. The new instrument will also be available for use in research projects by other medical investigators. For more information, please visit http://www.usahealthsystem.com/body.cfm?id=4426&action=detail&ref=181.

The X-RAD 320 is a self-contained X-ray system that delivers a precise radiation dosage to specimens in a biological or small animal research laboratory. The shielded cabinet includes an adjustable specimen shelf, sample viewing window, beam-hardening filter and the TouchRAD Control Panel, a multi-user, password-protected touch screen interface with a portable database that can track individual system usage.

Dr. Robert Lausch makes a presentation announcing the grant from the Lions Club International Foundation on Aug. 28 to purchase the X-Rad 320.