May 7, 2010
NIH awards nearly half million to ULM
The Academic Research Enhancement Award, funded through the NIH National Eye Institute, was given to Hsia as principal investigator of a project titled, "Mechanism of multifunctional transcription factor Egr1 induction by HSV-1 lytic infection."
HSV-1 is an eye infection resulting from the herpes simplex virus. The infection sometimes causes inflammation as well as scarring of the cornea and is the leading cause of blindness in the United States and developed world, according to Hsia.
“We are very excited about the possibilities,” said Hsia. “I believe we have state-of-the-art facilities and some of the best students around, so there is much potential for advanced research in this area.”
“Having a research proposal funded by the National Institutes of Health is a significant event in the career of a faculty member,” said Benny Blaylock, interim dean of the College of Pharmacy.
“It shows the confidence NIH has in the potential for Dr. Hsia's research and his ability to do cutting edge work. The entire College of Pharmacy congratulates Dr. Hsia on this signal accomplishment.”