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MU Student working to find treatment for diabetic retinopathy

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HUNTINGTON, West Virginia -

A West Virginia native is working to find a cure for two diseases prevalent in his home state.

Clay Crabtree, a Marshall University biology student, was awarded a grant to research diabetic retinopathy.  The common eye disease occurs when there is excessive growth of blood vessels causing damage to the retina.

According to Crabtree, smoking cigarettes is a risk factor for the eye disease.  The nicotine in cigarettes promotes the growth of blood vessels, and that is exactly what Crabtree wants to suppress in his research.

A $1,800 Grants-in-Aid of Research award is now in Crabtree's name, helping with buying necessary research equipment and paying for travel expenses to and from the research lab.