The University of California San Diego is receiving a large contribution to increase research on glaucoma, one of the most common eye conditions.
According to UCSD, this $20 million gift will be used to create the Hanna and Mark Gleiberman Center for Glaucoma Research on campus.
Mark Gleiberman is part of the UCSD real estate advisory board, the San Diego Economic Development Corporation strategic round table, and a member of the UCSD Foundation board of trustees. Mark has also been diagnosed with glaucoma.
Mark and his wife, Hanna, have been long-time supporters of the University of California San Diego, previously donating financial support to UCSD's head and neck cancer center to boost innovative clinical trials for the treatment of head and neck cancer.
The school says that this donation for the new Glaucoma center will be located within the Viterbi Family Vision Research Center at UCSD.
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This common eye condition occurs when the optic nerve, which links the eye to the brain, suffers damage. There are over 3 million people in the U.S. who suffer from glaucoma and up to 70 million people globally.
According to health officials, this condition tends to happen due to fluid building up in the front part of the human eye, which leads to increased pressure inside the eye as a result. This eye condition can lead to loss of vision if it is not diagnosed and treated immediately.
UCSD says that glaucoma is the "leading cause of irreversible blindness" for people over the age of 60, but that it could also affect patients of any age, even children.
The school says that the funds in this large contribution will be utilized to stimulate research on the matter, with the objective of protecting and restoring the damaged eye vision of those who are negatively impacted by glaucoma.
Mark Gleiberman says he and his wife hope that this fund increases the work already been done on this particular research.
“Hanna and I hope that our donation will greatly assist in accelerating and enhancing the groundbreaking work already being done," said Gleiberman.
UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla says that the university is grateful to Hanna and Mark for their support for this new research center, along with previous donations they have made to help combat cancer and other community issues.
“UC San Diego has an established history as one of the nation’s top places for vision care and research, and this gift will serve to bolster even further the leading-edge work taking place to combat glaucoma,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “We are grateful to Hanna and Mark Gleiberman for their visionary support of this new center, which follows their past generous support to combat cancer and addresses societal issues such as homelessness.”
UC San Diego has yet to release the opening date of the research center.