In the great search for new ways to fund disease research, the Glaucoma Research Foundation may be on to something. Call it the know-how of strangers.
The San Francisco-based organization nine years ago pulled together four young researchers from around the country — one from Nashville, another in Seattle, one in Baltimore and another in Salt Lake City — who had never worked together before and had only tangentially looked at glaucoma. Their disparate work centered on molecular biology, genetics, neurobiology and developmental genetics.
Initially staked by $85,000 per lab per year from the foundation — a sizable amount for researchers getting their careers up and running — they essentially were told, “Let’s see what you can do.”