Featured News // News // Research News // Feb 04 2016
Yao Liu, MD
Yao Liu, MD, received an American Glaucoma Society Mentoring for Advancement of Physician-Scientist award for $10,000. Her study, “Macular pigment levels as a glaucoma risk factor in the Carotenoids in Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (CAREDS2)” will determine whether low macular pigment is a novel risk factor for glaucoma in the CAREDS2 population. Julie Mares, PhD, will serve as one of Dr. Liu’s mentors for this study.
“The research is an unprecedented opportunity to study the longitudinal relationship between macular pigment optical density (MPOD)—modifiable through dietary carotenoid intake—and glaucoma risk in the well-studied CAREDS2 cohort,” Dr. Liu wrote. “We hypothesize that subjects in the lowest quartile of MPOD have a higher risk of glaucoma than those in the highest quartile. This timely study will provide innovative evidence as to whether dietary carotenoid intake is a modifiable risk factor for glaucoma.”