Congratulations Takeshi Yoshimatsu, PhD

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) is pleased to announce that Takeshi Yoshimatsu, PhD, of the Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine has been granted a $350,000 RPB Career Development Award to support eye research. The support is provided over a four-year period.

The RPB Career Development Award was established in 1990 to support outstanding early-career researchers in making critical discoveries and launching their careers as independent investigators, with the support of a mentorship team. To date, the program has given awards to 239 vision research scientists in departments of ophthalmology at universities across the country.

“My research aims to uncover the molecular and cellular basis of the regional specializations in the retina and understand why certain retinal diseases cause degeneration in specific regions such as age-related macular degeneration in the central eye and glaucoma in the periphery.”

Takeshi Yoshimatsu, PhD

Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled more than $407 million into eye research. As a result, RPB has been identified with nearly every major breakthrough in vision research in that time. For information on RPB’s grants program, listings of RPB institutional and individual grantees, and findings generated by these awards, go to