Richard Lindstrom Research Grant

Each year, the EBAA awards the Richard Lindstrom Research Grants to fund proposals specifically concerned with issues directly related to eye banking and/or corneal transplantation. The recipients are selected during the Annual Meeting in June and the grants are awarded in July.

The 2017 Application Period has closed. Recipients will be announced in June.

Research Grant Tips


  • Physicians, including corneal surgeons, and other eye care specialists
  • Basic scientists, including biomedical and social scientists
  • Eye-bank technicians, nurses, post-graduate fellows, ophthalmology residents, and medical students who are supervised by a physician or basic scientist associated with an eye bank or academic institution.

2016 Grant Recipients

  • Comparative Study on Different Xenobiotic-free Culture Media for Human Limbal Epithelial Stem Cells
    Sheyla Gonzalez, PhD, Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Effect of Refrigeration and Ventilation Time on Corneal Donors
    Moulaye Haidara, MD, University of Maryland, Baltimor
  • Assessing the Viability of Gabor Domain Optical Coherence Microscopy for Endothelial Cell Evaluation
    Holly Hindman, MD, MPH, University of Rochester
  • Ex Vivo Expansion of Cadaveric Limbal Stem Cells Using Cadaveric Serum as Culture Medium and Descemet’s Membrane as Carrier Substrate
    Joshua Hou, MD, University of Minnesota
  • The Use of Neuropeptides to Improve Graft Survival in Corneal Transplantation
    Ahmad Kheirkhah, MD, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • In Vitro Comparison of Endothelium-side-in vs. Endothelium-side-out DMEK Techniques in the Wet Lab
    Christopher Sales, MD, MPH, Lions VisionGift
  • Assessing Donor Tissue Suitability for DMEK Preparation: Mechanical Properties of Descemet Membrane in Donors with Diabetes Mellitus
    Edward Sander, PhD, The University of Iowa
  • Determining and Characterizing Corneal Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells in Human Corneas
    Victor Sendra, PhD, Tufts Medical Center
  • Role of Corneal Nerves in Modulating Alloimmunity
    Yashar Seyed Razavi, PhD, Tufts Medical Center
  • Glutamine Supplementation for Corneal Endothelium Protection
    Wenlin Zhang, MD, Indiana University