Massachusetts Grand Officers of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation came to Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School to present two checks for their $65,000 Pediatric Ophthalmology Career-Starter Research Grant. One went to Alessandro Di Gioia, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Neurology Department and the other to Chi-Hsiu Liu, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Ophthalmology Deptartment.
Zhongjie Fu, PhD, received a grant from the Blind Children's Center in Los Angeles in the amount of $25,000 over 1 year, for her project, "FGF21 protects against hyperglycemia-associated ROP through modulating energy metabolism."
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
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.
The Postdoctoral Training Program at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear gave two awards for best scientific paper by a trainee at Fellows’ Recognition Day on June 9, 2017 – one in the category of Wet Lab and one in the category of Dry Lab.
Congratulations to the Harvard Ophthalmology trainees who placed in the New England Ophthalmological Society (NEOS) annual poster contest held earlier this month.
Second place: “Evaluation of in silico reconstructed ancestral adeno-associated virus for gene augmentation therapy in a mouse model of LCA,” Sarah Wassmer, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear; Mentors: Drs. Luk Vandenberge and Eric Pierce
Patrick Oellers, MD, is the inaugural recipient of the Thomas J. Madden Fellowship in Retina at Mass. Eye and Ear. Patrick is completing his first year as a Retina Surgery Fellow. The fellowship was created to support a clinical or research fellow while honoring the legacy of Thomas J. Madden who passed away in 2015. Tom played an instrumental role in securing the successful outcome of patent-related litigation resulting in the landmark $126M judgment for Mass. Eye and Ear against QLT, Inc. and Novartis in 2009. The award has enabled major