Breakthroughs in health care can come from unusual places. Jianzhong Chen, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Optometry, and his colleagues may have discovered a new one for dry eyes, a disease that is estimated to affect 26 million Americans.
In a recently published study, Chen aimed to identify the underlying mechanism causing dry eye disease with the help of the tree shrew, a non-primate mammal that is genetically similar to humans. The result was the paper “Lipidomic analysis of meibomian gland secretions from the tree shrew: Identification of candidate tear lipids critical for reducing evaporation,” published in Chemistry and Physics of Lipids.
While tree shrews have been extensively studied as a model for myopia within UAB’s School of Optometry for research surrounding other eye diseases like glaucoma, this is the first instance...read on