NJIT Secures $3.7m in Move to Become Top Clinical Trials Center for Concussion-Induced Eye Disorder

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), a public research university in Newark New Jersey, secured a $3.7 million grant from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help adolescents and young adults with a disabling concussion induced eye-disorder.  Led by Tara Alvarez, a professor of biomedical engineering and expert on convergence insufficiency (CI), a condition in which the muscles that control the eye movements don’t coordinate to focus on near objects. The group is assembling multi-disciplinary expertise to develop an end-to-end research hub committed to advancing CI treatments and ultimately cures.  Alvarez and team have commercial ambitions: they launched a digital health venture to capitalize on the ongoing research.

A CI Center of Expertise Emerges

The funding follows a $2 million NIH grant that enabled Alvarez and her longtime clinical partner, Mitchell Scheiman, O.D., Ph.D., the dean of research at Salus University, to first investigate CI in people without head injuries.

The Disorder

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