ARVO Foundation Announces Winner of Ludwig von Sallmann Clinician-Scientist Award

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) today announced the recipient of the Ludwig von Sallmann Clinician-Scientist Award. The award, which recognizes Ludwig von Sallmann, MD, honors awardees with a $1,250 honorarium, an inscribed award and invitations to several special events at the ARVO Annual Meeting. The 2021 recipient of the award is Sai Chavala, MD, of Texas Christian University (TCU) and The University of Northern Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) School of Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas.

ARVO Foundation Announces Winner of Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) today announced the recipient of the Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research. The award, which honors Michael D. Oberdorfer, PhD, recognizes a recipient with a $1,250 honorarium, an inscribed award and invitations to several special events at the ARVO Annual Meeting. The 2021 recipient of the award is Caroline Klaver, MD, PhD of Erasmus Medical Center, Radboud University Medical Center, and the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB).

Audacious projects develop imaging technology to aid eye tissue regeneration

As regenerative therapies for blinding diseases move closer to clinical trials, the National Eye Institute’s functional imaging consortium, a part of the NEI Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI), is pioneering noninvasive technologies to monitor the function of the retina’s light-sensing neurons and their connections to the brain.

New Fellowships Support Under-Represented Minorities in Glaucoma Research

The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) have partnered to launch a new grant aimed at supporting under-represented racial and ethnic minority researchers in the pursuit of glaucoma research. The TGF (sponsored by Patricia Hill) / RPB Fellowships in Glaucoma provide one-year, $10,000 fellowships focused on substantive glaucoma research.

ARVO Foundation Announces 2021 Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award Recipient

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) today announced the recipient of the Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award. The award, funded by Pfizer Ophthalmics through the ARVO Foundation, honors Dr. Carl Camras, who is highly respected for his work as a glaucoma specialist and a research scientist, by annually awarding up to three $12,000 awards to young investigators working in areas of translational research. The 2021 awardee is Alex Huang, MD, PhD of the Doheny Eye Institute and University of California in Los Angeles.

ARVO Foundation Announces 2021 Mallinckrodt Uveitis Research Fellowship Recipient

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) today announced the recipient of the Mallinckrodt Uveitis Research Fellowship, generously funded by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. The award, funded through the ARVO Foundation, supports an early career investigator with a one-year grant of $45,000 to study an aspect of uveitis or other inflammatory conditions of the eye. The 2021 awardee is Shilpa Kodati, MD of the National Eye Institute (NEI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

ARVO Foundation Announces Winners of Roche Collaborative Research Fellowship

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) today announced the 2021 recipients of the Roche Collaborative Research Fellowships. Wanjiku Mathenge MBChB, MMed, MSc, PhD, Sudhir H Ranganath, PhD, and Pablo Federico Barcelona, PhD, are the recipients of the fellowships that are generously funded by F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., through the ARVO Foundation.

ARVO Foundation Announces Winners of the Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) today announced the recipients of the Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize. The award, funded by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation with support of his brother Jack Rudin via the ARVO Foundation, provides a $30,000 award in recognition of an outstanding scholarly article on glaucoma published in a peer-reviewed journal during the previous calendar year. The 2020 recipients are Iqbal Ahmad Ph.D. and Pooja Teotia, PhD, of the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Neb.

ARVO Foundation Announces Recipients of Genentech AMD Research Fellowships

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) announced today the recipients of the 2021 Genentech Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Research Fellowships. The two recipients will each receive $40,000 to support research focused on an aspect of AMD. The 2021 recipients are Yi-Rong Peng, PhD and Kevin J. McHugh, PhD.

ARVO Foundation Announces 2021 Bert M. Glaser, MD Award for Innovative Retina Research Recipient

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) today announced Yohei Tomita, MD, PhD, has received the 2021 Bert M. Glaser, MD Award for Innovative Research in Retina, which recognizes an early-career investigator who has made a novel discovery that impacted the understanding and/or treatment of a retinal disease or condition. Tomita is recognized with this award for his retinal translational research, with a focus on diabetic retinopathy (DR) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

ARVO Announces Winners of New Advocacy Awards

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) announced today the recipients of the inaugural 2020 Advocacy Awards. The recipient of the Achievements in Eye and Vision Advocacy Award is João M. Furtado, MD, PhD of the Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo. The recipient of the Emerging Advocate Award is Jarrod C. Harman of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).

Boo! How Do Mexican Cavefish Escape Predators?

When startled, do all fish respond the same way? A few fish, like Mexican cavefish, have evolved in unique environments without any predators. To see how this lack of predation impacts escape responses that are highly stereotyped across fish species, scientists explored this tiny fish to determine if there are evolved differences in them. Findings reveal that the dramatic ecological differences between cave and river environments contribute to differences in escape behavior in blind cavefish and river-dwelling surface cavefish.

Screen time can change visual perception — and that’s not necessarily bad

The coronavirus pandemic has shifted many of our interactions online, with Zoom video calls
replacing in-person classes, work meetings, conferences and other events. Will all that screen time damage our vision? Maybe not. It turns out that our visual perception is highly adaptable, according to research from Psychology Professor and Cognitive and Brain Sciences Coordinator Peter Gerhardstein’s
lab at Binghamton University.

American Society of Retina Specialists Launches Retina Health for Life Podcast

The American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) today announced the launch of a new audio and video podcast series providing consumers with critical information about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of retina disease and the importance of seeing a retina specialist for specialized care.

Research to Prevent Blindness and Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology Announce 2021 Recipient of RPB David F. Weeks Award for Outstanding Vision Research

David Williams, PhD, has been selected as the 2021 RPB David F. Weeks Award for Outstanding Vision Research. The Weeks Award, funded through the generosity of Research to Prevent Blindness, an anonymous donor, and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, annually recognizes and celebrates an excellent vision researcher.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Ranked Nation’s No. 1 in Ophthalmology for 19th Time

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Health System has been ranked again as the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S News & World Report.

This year marks the 19th time, and the 17th consecutive year, that Bascom Palmer has received the No. 1 ranking since the publication began surveying U.S. physicians for its annual “Best Hospitals” rankings 31 years ago.

The Eye, The Brain & The Auto: Call for Research Abstracts from Healthcare and Automotive Experts

The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, the research arm of the Henry Ford Health System Department of Ophthalmology, is accepting abstracts for The Eye, The Brain & The Auto 9th World Research Congress on Health and Modern Mobility: Autonomous Vehicles, Driver’s Fitness to Function, and Naturalistic Driving Methods to be held Dec. 7-8, 2020. This will be a virtual event.

Exercise can slow or prevent vision loss, study finds

Exercise can slow or prevent the development of macular degeneration and may benefit other common causes of vision loss, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, new research suggests.

ARVO and ARVO Foundation Awards Nominations Opening July 1

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and ARVO Foundation for Eye Research announce the opening of nominations for their respective awards, including three new awards— the Genentech Career Development Award for Underrepresented Minority Emerging Vision Scientists, the Achievements in Eye and Vision Advocacy Award, and the Emerging Advocate Award—on July 1, 2020.

Putting the ‘lazy eye’ to work

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 16, 2020 — When University of California, Irvine neurobiologist Carey Y.L. Huh, Ph.D., set her sights on discovering more about amblyopia, she brought personal insight to her quest. As a child, Huh was diagnosed with the condition, which is often called “lazy eye.” he and her colleagues have just found that amblyopia originates in an earlier stage of the visual pathway than was previously thought. Their research, which raises the possibility of new treatment approaches, appears in the Journal of Neuroscience.

More Older Americans Will Suffer From Low Vision, Here’s How to Make Life Easier and Safer

The number of older Americans with low vision is expected to double in the coming years, as more people live longer. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is taking the opportunity of September’s Healthy Aging Month to let people know they can retain their independence and stay safe, despite declining vision.