Members in the News
Dr. Bill Hauswirth honored with the Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award
Bill Hauswirth, the Rybaczki-Bullard Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, was selected to receive the 2018 Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award for his contribution towards developing the first successful gene therapy to cure an inherited human disease. The disease, Leber congenital amaurosis Type 2, or LCA 2, is caused by a genetic defect. The 1 million euro (approximately $1.2 million) award from the Portugal-based D. Anna de Sommer Champalimaud and Dr. Carlos Montez Champalimaud Foundation is shared with University of Pennsylvania and University College of London researchers. Read the full article at https://ufhealth.org/news/2018/uf-health-researcher-collaborators-share-12-million-international-award-vision-treatment.
Dr. Cris Ildefonso, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, is recognized by BrightFocus Foundation for innovative research in the field of macular degeneration
BALTIMORE, MD—BrightFocus Foundation recognized five scientists in the fields of macular degeneration and glaucoma research, awarding them grants named in honor of leaders in vision research and advocacy. The five recognized are among a group of 31 scientists who will collectively receive nearly $5 million in vision research grants this year from BrightFocus, a record level of financial support. The awards were presented at a Baltimore breakfast event coinciding with the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Read the full article at http://www.brightfocus.org/macular-glaucoma/news/brightfocus-foundation-honors-five-researchers-macular-0.
Dr. Dinculescu goes to Washington!
Dr. Astra Dinculescu was selected to participate in the 2016 AEVR Emerging Vision Scientists Program on September 14-15 in Washington, D.C. She is one of the 22 final participants selected from across the United States to attend the events in Capitol Hill to advocate their science, and present the innovative aspects of their research to members of Congress in order to promote sustained National Institutes of Health funding. Follow this link to find out more on her advocacy for vision research: http://ww.eyeresearch.org/naevr_action/EVS2016.html
Dr. Gregory Schultz, Professor of Ophthalmology and Ob/Gyn, recognized for 27 years of research excellence, teaching, and mentoring in the field of Ocular and Skin Wound Healing
The Center for Vision Research and the Institute for Wound Research hosted an all-day symposium on June 6, 2016 on the topic of “Ocular and Skin Wound Healing: From Repair to Regeneration” to recognize the transformative contributions of Dr. Greg Schultz in this field. A world-class cast of speakers, all of which have collaborated with Dr. Schultz over the past three decades, presented ground-breaking work being done to treat difficult wounds on the cornea and skin. As one speaker said, “Greg has been the catalyst responsible for bringing together the talent and inspiring the ideas that have accelerated discoveries in this field.”