The Presbyterian Health Foundation has awarded nearly $4.6 million in biomedical research grants to OMRF and OUHSC.
The illness affects about 4,000 Americans, 80 percent of whom are women.
The grant will provide Bob Axtell with $2.8 million to study NMO and investigate its similarities to other autoimmune diseases, particularly MS.
OMRF researchers found that, in laboratory mice, a particular white blood cell seems to play a key role in MS.
The National Eye Institute will provide Bob Axtell with $2.8 million to study NMO.
OMRF has received $646,000 to study the genetic origins of NMO.