- Birgbauer wrote in his application for the three-year grant that visual impairment is a significant unmet medical need. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness due to damage to Retinal Ganglion Cells (RGCs) and the optic nerve.
- Damage to the optic nerve from injury or disease, such as glaucoma, is permanent and regrowth does not normally occur. However, during embryonic growth and development of the fetus before birth, he said, vibrant nerve growth does occur.
Winthrop University, "Biology Faculty Member Given $360,000 Grant to Study the Optic Nerve" (2014). Winthrop News 2014. 118.