Padovani-Claudio, Dolly, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Dolly Ann Padovani-Claudio, M.D., Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Dr. Padovani-Claudio’s laboratory is focused on finding new treatments for diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of vision loss and blindness. Due to the growing incidence of obesity and diabetes in the pediatric population an increase in the prevalence of complications associated with diabetic retinopathy is expected. Her research centers on understanding processes that promote inflammation and vascular growth in the retina, and on repurposing existing drugs developed to target these processes in non-ocular systems to prevent, abort or revert them in diabetic retinopathy. She hopes that repurposing such drugs will bypass the costly, lengthy, and risky drug development process and accelerate the translation of her research to effective therapies for patients with blinding conditions.