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$1.2 MILLION AWARDED TO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

The John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded $1.2 million to an institute at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences that is intended to offer improved eye care to the region.

The Ira G. Ross Eye Institute is planned as a center for instruction, research, clinical care and community service, according to the university. It will consist of a free-standing complex at 1176 Main St. and research facilities on UB's South Campus.

It is named after the late husband of Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted Ross, an alumna of UB's medical school. Olmsted Ross issued a $3 million challenge grant to the institute last year.

UB already has hired two faculty for the institute: Dr. Federico Gonzalez-Fernandez, an ocular pathologist, and Dr. John Sullivan, who specializes in retinal physiology and disease.

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