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Honors and Awards Received January-February 2016

February 15, 2016

Dong Feng Chen, PhD,  received a National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute R01 grant in the amount of $2,462,500 over five years for her project, "The molecular basis underlying optic nerve growth in development and regeneration."

Miguel Gonzalez, MD, PhD, a Cornea KPro Research Fellow at Mass. Eye and Ear, received membership to the Royal Academy of Medicine and...

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Demetrios Vavvas

Demetrios Vavvas to Receive Carl Camras Translational Research Award at ARVO 2016

March 1, 2016

Demetrios Vavvas, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Joan W. Miller Scholar in Retinal Research at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, was selected to receive a 2016 ARVO Foundation/Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award. The award will be presented at the...

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Patients with High-Risk Macular Degeneration Show Improvement with High-Dose Statin Treatment

Patients with High-Risk Macular Degeneration Show Improvement with High-Dose Statin Treatment

February 4, 2016

A phase I/II clinical trial at Massachusetts Eye and Ear found that some patients taking high doses of atorvastatin (cholesterol-lowering medication) had complete resolution of lipid deposits in the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, and though effective treatments are available for the wet AMD, they are currently lacking for the more-prevalent dry form.

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Honors and Awards Received December 2015

February 1, 2016

Lisa Cowan's, MD, PhD, paper, "Introducing a new surgical technology: Controversies in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery and impact on resident surgical training," published in the Fall 2015 issue of International Ophthalmology Clinics, was one of the top 10 articles read in 2015 in ophthalmology. These statistics were published by Medscape. Lisa is an HMS Ophthalmology resident.

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Researchers Shed Light on Anti-Adhesive Molecule in Vascular Endothelium, Suggest New Direction for Anti-Inflammatory Therapy

Researchers Shed Light on Anti-Adhesive Molecule in Vascular Endothelium, Suggest New Direction for Anti-Inflammatory Therapy

February 3, 2016

Mass. Eye and Ear researchers describe the role of endomucin, a molecule that – under healthy circumstances – resists the adhesion of white blood cells as they move through the circulatory system. These findings suggest that promoting the expression of endomucin (displayed in red in image) may prevent the collection of white blood cells that causes tissues to become inflamed. 

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Grants Received November and December 2015

January 29, 2016

The NIH K12 EY016335 Grant, which funds the Harvard Vision Clinical Scientist Development Program, led by Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH, has been renewed for funding by the NIH for an additional four years. The program awards career development grants that provide exceptional junior clinician scientists with financial support, mentorship, and 75 percent protected research time to pursue and build independent research...

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The S-Stamp Eliminates the Primary Cause of Graft Failure in DMEK

The S-Stamp Eliminates the Primary Cause of Graft Failure in DMEK

January 26, 2016

Peter Veldman, MD, of Mass. Eye and Ear was first author on two recent publications related to the S-stamp for Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK), a novel orientation technique that has to date eliminated upside-down graft implantation in DMEK. Dr. Veldman helped to validate and then successfully implement this technique over the last...

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Seanna Grob, MD

Seanna Grob, MD, Wins Residents Writer's Award

December 16, 2015

Seanna Grob, MD, HMS Department of Ophthalmology Resident, won second place in the 2015 Ophthalmology Times Resident Writer's Award for her case study, "Management of drug-induced cicatricial conjunctivitis and dry eye," which she wrote in collaboration with Reza Dana and resident Hajirah Saeed. She received this award at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting in Las Vegas in November.

Evangelos Gragoudas, MD, Receives Honorary Doctorate

Evangelos Gragoudas, MD, Receives Honorary Doctorate

December 16, 2015

Evangelos S. Gragoudas, MD, an international authority in retinal diseases and intraocular tumors, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Health Sciences of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on November 27, 2015, in recognition of his pioneering work in these areas. His early translational work focused on uveal melanoma, for which he developed the use of proton beam irradiation (PBI), and which has been used in over 15,000 patients to...

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