Beginnings and Plans
Project Prakash was launched in 2003 by Prof. Pawan Sinha. Since that time, Prof. Sinha and his graduate students, Yuri Ostrovsky, Ethan Meyers and Aaron Andalman, have worked with ophthalmologists at the major eye-hospitals in India and have conducted several studies with individuals who gained sight late in life.
The base for Project Prakash in India has been set up at the Shroff Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH) in New Delhi. Collaborating investigators at SCEH are: Dr. Suma Ganesh MS, Dr. Umang Mathur MS, Ms. Sachu Rajasekharan and Ms. Iyerish.
Founded over 75 years ago, SCEH provides world-class eye care. It has treated over 4.4 million patients and performed over 250,000 eye surgeries. A significant proportion of SCEH's patients come from the economically weak sections of society where the prevalence of childhood blindness is especially high. Over the past few years, the hospital has maintained an active outreach program that brings in thousands of patients from villages in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan for sight restoring surgery.
Project Prakash is supported by funds from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the John Merck Scholars Award and the National Eye Institute (NIH).
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