L V Prasad Eye Institute establishes India’s first advanced ophthalmic research biorepository

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The L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in Hyderabad now has a state-of-the-art ophthalmic research biorepository on the Kallam Anji Reddy Campus. LVPEI is the country’s first institute to offer this service. Prof Krothapalli Ravindranath, retired Dean of SV University, Tirupati, assisted in its establishment.

Biorepositories are collections of human tissue used to study disease mechanisms, treatments, and diagnostics in the future. The Prof Krothapalli Ravindranath Ophthalmic Research Biorepository has been established in the Institute’s operational building, which meets international standards. The facility is well-equipped for cryopreservation (ophthalmic tissue storage), with -80°C, -20°C, and 4°C freezers, liquid nitrogen for snap freezing, and specially qualified technical employees to handle the samples.

“The study of these preserved tissues will help in developing innovative and breakthrough therapies for treating blinding diseases. It will majorly help in preservation of invaluable patient samples, develop a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms of both common and rare diseases, and enable new insights for managing rare eye diseases,”

said Dr Sayan Basu, network director, Prof Brien Holden Eye Research Centre (BHERC), L V Prasad Eye Institute.

Prof Krothapalli Ravindranath, Retired Dean, S V Veterinary University, Tirupati; Prof Geeta K Vemuganti, Dean, School of Medical Sciences, University of Hyderabad; and Dr Sudha S Murthy, Director – Clinical Support, Datar Cancer Genetics were on hand to officially open the facility. 

The L V Prasad Eye Institute has always placed a strong emphasis on research. The LVPEI’s Prof Brien Holden Eye Research Centre has received international recognition as an ocular research centre of excellence. A large group of physicians and scientists work on diverse parts of ophthalmology and visual sciences, uncovering new insights that can lead to earlier detection and improved care of vision-threatening disorders. It has published approximately 4,000 articles in high-impact peer-reviewed international journals so far. In a survey conducted by Stanford University, its experts were included in the international ranking of the Top 2% of Scientists and Top Eye Researchers from India in 2020.

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