Lucia Sobrin, MD, MPH, Receives Physician-Scientist Grant Award

December 17, 2020

Dr. Lucia Sobrin in an exam roomLucia Sobrin, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Chief of Clinical Data Science at Mass Eye and Ear, has been recognized by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) with the Physician-Scientist Award. This award provides $300,000 in grant funding to promote the clinical and basic science research of clinicians.

This award will support Dr. Sobrin’s work to identify genes that influence the risk of developing ocular hypertension after corticosteroid use.

Dr. Sobrin's research focuses on identifying genes associated with polygenic ophthalmic diseases. She has led several genetic studies in diabetic retinopathy including a multi-ethnic genome-wide association study of diabetic retinopathy. She also has an interest in ocular disease pharmacogenetics and is Chair of the Genetics Committee for the DRCR Retina Network.

Dr. Sobrin has previously been recognized with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology/Alcon Early Career Clinician Scientist Research Award, the Alcon Research Institute Young Investigator Award, the Mass Eye and Ear Clinical Teacher of the Year Award, and the Harvard Ophthalmology Excellence in Mentoring Award.

RPB is the world’s leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions for research into the causes, treatments, and prevention of blinding eye disease.