George & Tina Skestos
A new tissue bank is being established at OSU Havener Eye Institute, due to a generous donation from real estate developers George and Tina Skestos. The $100,000 donation was given to support research on Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH).
IIH is a potentially blinding disease that affects women of childbearing age. Raised intracranial pressure in these patients can cause chronic headaches, hearing loss, ringing, reduced cognition, and even death.
The Skestos’ generosity will enable the creation of a tissue bank of blood and cerebrospinal fluid from newly diagnosed patients with IIH prior to the initiation of treatment. Storing these tissues will allow researchers the opportunity to discover the underlying etiology of IIH as well as the effects of pharmaceutical interventions.
The tissue bank will be instituted under the direction of OSU’s Dr. Steven Katz, a nationally recognized specialist in the field of neuro-ophthalmology. Dr. Katz will be working with Dr. John McGregor, OSU Neurosurgery, and Dr. Subinoy Das, OSU Otolaryngology, to create a team approach to provide excellent clinical care to patients with IIH and to spur multidisciplinary research strategies.
George and Tina Skestos’ contribution will greatly increase our knowledge of this debilitating disease and how to treat it. We hope to establish the OSU Havener Eye Institute as a center of excellence in the care of patients with IIH.