Boston, Mass. — Two vision researchers from the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology have received awards from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the world’s leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. Gang Luo, PhD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, has received the 2017 Innovations in Technology Low Vision
Rani N. Al Karmi, MD, FRCS(c), M.Ed, a research and clinical fellow in Cornea and External Disease at Mass. Eye and Ear, was selected as the 2017 Alcon Research Scholar. This award provides support to a trainee to allow them to work on a translational research project with a senior clinician scientist at Mass. Eye and Ear. Dr. Al Karmi will work with Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH
Eli Peli, MSc, OD, FAAO, was selected to receive the Charles F. Prentice Medal Award by the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Established in 1958, this award is given annually to a distinguished scientist or clinician scientist in recognition of a career-long record of advancement of knowledge in vision science.
The Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) and the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) will co-host a Congressional briefing about dry eye disease on July 12. Janine Clayton, MD (National Institutes of Health), Susan Vitale, PhD, MHS (National Eye Institute), Anat Galor, MD (Bascom Palmer), Victor Perez, MD (Duke University as of August 2017), Carolyn Begley, OD, MS (Indiana University) and Laura Periman, MD (Redmond Eye Clinic, Seattle), will be joining
Ula V. Jurkunas, MD, received a grant from the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $3,431,841 over 4 years for her project, “Safety and Feasibility of Cultivated Autologous Limbal Epithelial Cell (CALEC) Transplantation in the Treatment of Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency.” This grant includes work performed at Mass. Eye and Ear, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and Jaeb Center for Health Research in Tampa, Florida.
Building diverse teams and collaborating across disciplines were overarching themes at the 2017 Harvard Ophthalmology Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion, held June 23-24. More than 350 alumni, faculty, and trainees gathered in Boston for continuing medical education, alumni presentations, achievement awards, and intergenerational networking.
Harvard Ophthalmology was well represented at this year’s Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Imaging in the Eye Conference and Annual Meeting. More than 230 faculty and trainees participated as course instructors, panelists, and lecturers on May 6-11.