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.

Below is a list of suggested tips that should be considered in your planning, format, and execution when submitting your proposal.


  • 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

2018 Grant Recipients

Anthony Aldave, MD, Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
In Vitro Expansion of Human Corneal Endothelial Cells Using Differing Cell Culture Systems

Alex Bauer, Lions VisionGIft
A Phase II, Randomized Treatment, Double-Blind, Single-Center Study of the Effects of Ripasudil on Cornea Clearing after Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty in Subjects with Fuchs’ Endothelial Cell Dystrophy

Marjan Farid, MD, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
Micro/Nanobubbles: A New Modality for Corneal Transplant Preservation

Joshua Hou, MD, University of Minnesota
Determining Which Donor Characteristics are Predictive of Donor Cornea Limbal Stem Cell Viability in Cultures

Zala Luznik, MD, MPH, Schepens Eye Research Institute/ Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School
The Role of Neuropeptide Alpha-Melanocyte Stimluating Hormone in Preventing Corneal Endothelial Cell Loss in Tissue Storage and Transplantation

Behnam Rabiee, MD, MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago
The Effect of Corneal-Limbal Derived Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Secreted Factors on Preservaton of Corneal Endothelial Cells

Alfonso Sabater, MD, PhD, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami – Miller School of Medicine
Plasma Rich in Growth Factors (PRGF) Enhances Corneal Endothelial Cells Survival and Proliferation

Gregory Schmidt, CEBT, Iowa Lions Eye Bank
Assessing the Effects of Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP) on Human Corneal Endothelial Cell Bioenergetic Activity

The 2019 application cycle has closed.