Andras Komaromy, PhD, wins Shaffer Award for research of gene therapy to control IOP
San Francisco—For his efforts to prove that gene therapy could one day provide lasting control of IOP in patients with glaucoma with known genetic defects, Andras M. Komáromy, PhD, DVM, was awarded the 2015 Shaffer Prize for Innovative Glaucoma Research.
In ceremonies at last night’s Glaucoma 360 Annual Gala, George A. Cioffi, MD, chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF), presented the prize to Dr. Komáromy for his study, “Gene Therapy in a Spontaneous Canine Model of Primary Open Glaucoma.” As a clinician, he has a special interest in the study of molecular and cellular disease mechanisms involved in glaucoma and blinding retinal diseases.
The Shaffer Prize, presented annually by GRF, recognizes a researcher whose project best exemplifies the pursuit of innovative ideas in the quest to better understand glaucoma. In 2013, with funding from the Shaffer Grants for Innovative Glaucoma Research, Dr. Komáromy sought to provide proof of principle that gene therapy could provide lasting control of normal eye pressure.