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    ARVO 2017 awards in spotlight

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    As eye and vision researchers gather this month for the 2017 meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), four members will be recognized for their contributions to ophthalmology and vision research with a 2017 ARVO Achievement Award and lecture:


    Proctor Medal and lecture

    Gustavo D. Aguirre, VMD, PhD, FARVO

    Lecture: From the Cage to the Bedside-Concepts and Strategies in Retinal Gene Therapy

    Dr. Aguirre’s unique canine models of retinal degeneration have provided invaluable basic information about their counterpart human diseases. In addition, his preclinical work has established safety and efficacy for most of the clinical trial work in progress on neurotrophic factors (CNTF) as well as gene therapy (RPE5). His most recent work on XLRP demonstrates that gene therapy can successfully arrest advanced photoreceptor and vision loss, which dramatically expands the therapeutic window to late stages of disease.


    Mildred Weisenfeld Award and lecture

    Johanna Seddon, MD, MS, FARVO

    Lecture: Macular Degeneration Epidemiology: Nature-Nurture, Lifestyle Factors, Genetic Risk and Gene-Environment Interactions

    Professor and founding director of the Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Genetics Service at Tufts, Dr. Seddon is a pioneer in ophthalmic epidemiology, particularly the study of nutritional, environmental and genetic risk factors for AMD. Her contributions include studies of lifestyle factors, which have influenced clinical practice worldwide. Her predictive modeling insights have laid the groundwork for personalized medicine.


    Freidman Award and lecture

    Paul Kaufman, MD, FARVO

    Lecture: Presbyopia and Glaucoma—The Missing Link?

    Much of the current understanding of the aqueous humor outflow system in the eye and the mechanisms of many known and novel drugs, have been the direct result of Dr. Kaufman’s research. His extensive work on the pathogenesis and treatment of glaucoma, as well as the mechanisms of accommodation, has changed the way we practice medicine and laid the groundwork for future generations of investigators.

    Cogan Award

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