Kellogg Awards and Honors

Learn more about Kellogg’s award-winning faculty and trainees. We’ll keep you updated on awards, grants and other honors they have won.

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Type Date Honor
Faculty 2015/08
Dr. Rajesh Rao

Rajesh C. Rao, M.D., has been appointed the Leslie H. and Abigail S. Wexner Emerging Scholar at the University of Michigan A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute. The Emerging Scholars Program was created to support and encourage early career physician-scientists whose laboratory work aims to translate basic research into new treatments for disease. The program connects U-M Medical School faculty members at the assistant professor level with philanthropists who pledge to support the physicians’ research for three years at $50,000 per year. 

Faculty 2015/08
Dr. Tom Gardner

Thomas W. Gardner, M.D., M.S., has been selected as a Senior Scholar by the University of Michigan A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute.  With this appointment, Dr. Gardner will receive a three-year, renewable research grant of $50,000 annually, effective July 1, 2015. The Taubman Institute is dedicated to the fundamental discovery and advancement of our understanding of the cause, treatment, and prevention of diseases that affect mankind.

 

Faculty 2015/07
Dr. Rajesh Rao

Rajesh C. Rao, M.D., has been selected by the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) Emerging Vision Scientists Program to participate in events in Washington, D.C. on October 7-8, 2015. Dr. Rao is among 22 scientists selected nationally for this honor, including two from the U-M Kellogg Eye Center.  He will attend a Congressional briefing on Uncorrected Refractive Error; display user-friendly posters of his research at an evening Congressional reception; and visit Congressional offices to educate about the research being conducted in members’ states and districts. NAEVR is a non-profit advocacy organization comprised of a coalition of 55 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. NAEVR’s goal is to achieve the best eye and vision care for all Americans through advocacy and public education for eye and vision research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and its National Eye Institute, Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Faculty 2015/07
Dr. Jason Miller

Postdoctoral fellow Jason Matthew-Lewis Miller, M.D., Ph.D., has been selected by the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) Emerging Vision Scientists Program to participate in events in Washington, D.C. on October 7-8, 2015. Only 22 scientists were selected from across the country, including two from the U-M Kellogg Eye Center. Dr. Miller will present summaries of his research to Congressional staff, attend a House hearing on vision research, and meet with United States representatives and senators to lobby for expanded funding from the National Eye Institute.  NAEVR is a non-profit advocacy organization comprised of a coalition of 55 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. NAEVR’s goal is to achieve the best eye and vision care for all Americans through advocacy and public education for eye and vision research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and its National Eye Institute, Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Faculty 2015/07
Dr. Sayoko Moroi

Sayoko E. Moroi, M.D., Ph.D., is the recipient of a clinical trial grant from Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. titled, “The Efficacy and Safety of Bimatoprost SR in Patients with Open-Angle Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension.” Dr. Moroi will contribute to efforts in determining the effectiveness and safety of new drug delivery of glaucoma medications.  This work could lead to improved eye pressure control for patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension. The grant is part of a Phase III FDA clinical trial. 

Faculty 2015/07
Dr. Paula Anne Newman-Casey

Paula Anne Newman-Casey, M.D., M.S., is the recipient of the University of Michigan Medical School Community Service Award, 2015, for her efforts in directing the Hope Clinic program to provide ophthalmic care for the uninsured in Ann Arbor and surrounding areas. This award recognizes Medical School faculty who contribute to the local, national or global community in an extraordinary fashion and carries a $5,000 discretionary academic support prize.

Faculty 2015/07
Dr. Lee Kiang

Graduate Chief Resident Lee Kiang, M.D., Ph.D., is the recipient of the Michigan Ophthalmology Trainee Career Development Award for her project titled, “Preliminary studies of potential neuro-protective factors in retinal detachment.” The U-M Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has initiated the Award, an academic grant program that encourages residents and trainees to pursue projects they are passionate about. Recipients of the award select faculty at Kellogg and throughout the campus to partner with them in accomplishing their goals.

Faculty 2015/07
Dr. Hakan Demirc

Hakan Demirci, M.D., is the recipient of the B-EYE Challenge award from the University of Michigan Biointerfaces Institute for his proposal, “In vivo biopsy of intraocular tumors by physio-chemical photoacoustics.” Dr. Demirci’s work seeks to aid in the differential diagnosis of intraocular tumors such as choroidal nevus, choroidal melanoma, hemangioma, and metastasis. His proposal was among the top entries submitted to the B-EYE Challenge, a joint initiative of the Kellogg Eye Center and the Biointerfaces Institute focused on how interactions in the life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering can accelerate the development of new drug delivery systems, new medical devices, and new treatments for blinding diseases.

Faculty 2015/07
Dr. Cagri Besirli

Cagri Besirli, M.D., Ph.D., is the recipient of the University of Michigan Coulter Translational Research Program grant for his project, “Cryoanaesthesia for intravitreal injections.”  Dr. Besirli collaborated with Kevin Pipe, Ph.D., and Stephen Smith, M.D., to design a portable, battery-operated device that uses rapid, targeted cooling to anesthetize the eye surface prior to ocular injections. This device has the potential to significantly improve patients’ experience while also improving workflow for retina specialists. The U-M Coulter Translational Research Program is funded through proceeds of an endowment from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and supports collaborative translational research projects that involve Engineering and Clinical faculty co-investigators. Project funding is geared towards new medical devices and biomedical product concept development with the goal of licensing the concept to an industry partner or new company formation with venture capital funding within one to two years of Coulter funding.

Faculty 2015/07
Dr. Cesar Briceno

Cesar Briceno, M.D., was invited to participate in the U-M Health Sciences Teaching Academy. The goals of the Academy are to provide opportunities to discuss teaching and learning with colleagues, exemplary instructors and Deans; deepen new faculty members’ understanding of how students learn; demonstrate strategies new faculty can use in various teaching contexts; develop an interdisciplinary cohort of faculty engaged in teaching; and increase new faculty members’ access to resources and support for effective teaching.

Faculty 2015/07
Dr. Philip Gage

Philip J. Gage, Ph.D., is the recipient of a grant from the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation Pilot Grant Program for his proposal, “Analysis of ocular functions of CHD7 in mouse models of CHARGE Syndrome.” Dr. Gage’s work seeks to understand the normal functions of CHD7 in eye development and how reduced function levels lead to eye disease.  Findings from this work could lead to better understanding of ocular manifestations in CHARGE Syndrome.

Faculty
Resident
2015/07
Dr. Stephen SmithDr. Cagri Besirli

Stephen Smith, M.D., Cagri Besirli, M.D., Ph.D., and Kevin Pipe, Ph.D., are recipients of the MTRAC Kickstart Award from the U-M Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization for Life Sciences Program for their project, “CryoAnesthesia.”  The team is developing a hand-held, portable device that uses cold temperatures to rapidly anesthesize the eye prior to intravitreal injections. This project has the potential to improve a patient’s injection experience while also expanding access to retina specialists through improved clinical work flow.

Faculty 2015/06
Dr. David Antonetti

David A. Antonetti, Ph.D., is the co-recipient of a B-EYE Challenge award from the University of Michigan Biointerfaces Institute and Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences for his project, “Sustained Drug Delivery for Restoration of Blood Retinal Barrier in Macular Edema.”  Dr. Antonetti will work with Steven P. Schwendeman, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, to develop drug delivery devices for novel drugs that target vessel permeability in the retina, a problem in many leading vision threatening diseases including diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. This proposal was among the top entries submitted to the B-EYE Challenge, a joint initiative of the Kellogg Eye Center and the Biointerfaces Institute focused on development of new treatments for blinding eye diseases.

Faculty 2015/06
Dr. Rajesh Rao

Rajesh C. Rao, M.D., is the recipient of a grant from the University of Michigan Biointerfaces Institute for his proposal, “Direct Reprogramming of Fibroblasts into Photoreceptors by Defined Factors: A Novel Therapeutic Approach for Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration, a Common and Untreatable Cause of Blindness.” Dr. Rao’s work seeks to use epigenetic and materials science strategies to directly convert skin cells to light-sensitive photoreceptors. He will work with Kellogg post-doctoral fellow Qiang Li, M.D., Ph.D., U-M Department of Pathology, research investigator Luis Villa Diaz, Ph.D., and Paul H. Krebsbach, D.D.S., Ph.D., the Roy H. Roberts Professor of Dentistry, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Chair, U-M Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences and Division of Prosthodontics, and School of Dentistry. Their proposal was among the top entries submitted to the B-EYE Challenge, a joint initiative of the Kellogg Eye Center and the Biointerfaces Institute focused on how interactions in the life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering can accelerate the development of new drug delivery systems, new medical devices, and new treatments for blinding diseases. 

Faculty 2015/06
Dr. David Zacks

David N. Zacks, M.D., Ph.D., is the recipient of the Research to Prevent Blindness Sybil B. Harrington Physician-Scientist Award for Macular Degeneration for his project, “Dysregulation of RPE autophagy and age-related macular degeneration.” Dr. Zacks’ research could lead to better understanding of the molecular mechanisms that regulate the health of the outer retinal layers during aging and disease, and provide the basis for the development of novel therapeutics.

Faculty 2015/06
Dr. Julia Richards

Julia E. Richards, Ph.D., received the Dr. Douglas H. Johnson Award for Glaucoma Research from BrightFocus Foundation to study a new angle closure glaucoma gene, and to investigate the role of homocysteine metabolism in glaucoma. Dr. Richards’ work could lead to the development of novel future therapies. BrightFocus Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting research and providing public education to help eradicate brain and eye diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

Fellow 2015/06
Dr. Devon Ghodasra

Devon Ghodasra, M.D., Fellow, Vitreo-Retinal Surgical, received The Retina Society Margherio Award for his research on vitreous cytokines. The award is given by the Society for outstanding original work in macular diseases or surgery by a retina fellow, and covers travel and lodging to the annual meeting in Paris, France to give an oral presentation. The Margherio Award was established in 1996 to encourage academic pursuit in young vitreo-retinal surgeons and to acquaint them with the scientific and social aspects of the Society.

Faculty 2015/06
Dr. Joshua Stein

Joshua D. Stein, M.D., M.S., was one of 20 ophthalmologists chosen via a competitive selection process to participate in the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Academy's Leadership Development Program (LDP) XVIII, class of 2016. The class will begin with a LDP orientation session at AAO 2015, the Academy's annual meeting in Las Vegas. They will be joined in the orientation by participants in the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology's Curso de Liderazgo. Both classes will meet again January 15-17, 2016 for a joint session in San Francisco. Since 1999, the Academy's Leadership Development Program has helped identify and develop future leaders of state, subspecialty and specialized interest societies.

Faculty 2015/05
Dr. Cagri Besirli

Cagri G. Besirli, M.D., Ph.D., was named to the 2015 Ophthalmologist Power List – Top 40 Under 40. Dr. Besirli was recognized for his basic research program on neuroprotection. The award honors young, up-and-coming individuals set to rise to the top of their field in ophthalmology.

Faculty 2015/05
Dr. Thiran Jayasundera

K. Thiran Jayasundera, M.D., was named to the 2015 Ophthalmologist Power List – Top 40 Under 40.  Dr. Jayasundera gained recognition as one of the first surgeons to implant the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System in the United States following FDA approval. The award honors young, up-and-coming individuals set to rise to the top of their field in ophthalmology. Dr. Jayasundera was ranked 5th in the world by The Ophthalmologist.

Staff 2015/05
Kari Magill

Kari Magill, BSN, RN, Retina Service Lead, Kellogg Eye Center, has been chosen by the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN) to be the nurse representative to participate in a new initiative to promote patient and provider safety in ophthalmology care. The American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) are partnering with ASORN to discuss how to build a culture of safety in ophthalmology. Kari will attend the first meeting with the AAO and ABO representatives on July 30.

Staff 2015/05
Carol George, BSN,RN

Carol George, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager at the Kellogg Eye Center, is the recipient of the Institute of Professional Nursing (IPN) Leadership Award. IPN is a non-profit local organization dedicated to helping nurses enhance their leadership skills while promoting career resiliency.  The award is given to a registered nurse who has successfully assumed leadership roles and who demonstrates creative leadership strategies, mentoring, and motivating others in their professional work. 

Faculty 2015/05
Dr. Frank Rozsa

Frank W. Rozsa, Ph.D., is the recipient of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Communicators Award for the quality of his abstract titled, “Changing Properties of Bovine Aqueous Humor with Age.” Dr. Rozsa’s abstract was selected as a "Hot Topic" by the Annual Meeting Program Committee. 

Faculty 2015/05
Dr. David Musch

David C. Musch, Ph.D., M.P.H., was selected by his peers to serve as a representative on the University of Michigan Medical School Faculty Grievance Hearing Panel (FGHP).  Dr. Musch’s term will begin September 1, 2015 and will end on August 31, 2018.

Faculty 2015/04
Dr. Thiran Jayasundera

K. Thiran Jayasundera, M.D., is the recipient of a U-M Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Award which enables U-M Medical School research faculty to develop and validate innovative technologies. Dr. Jayasundera’s project titled, “EyeAnalyze,” is a new computer-based service that performs objective, automated analysis of fluorescein angiography (FA) and autofluorescence (AF) in retina imaging. This work could lead to a reduction in time spent interpreting images, increase work efficiency, and provide image analysis at a level of proficiency equal or superior to that of a clinical trial grader. This and other award-winning projects were selected based on their high potential for translation into commercial industry.

Faculty 2015/04
Dr. Alan Sugar

Alan Sugar, M.D., was among 19 faculty members inducted into the U-M Medical School League of Clinical Excellence. The Medical School established The League of Clinical Excellence in 2012 to honor faculty who have distinguished themselves in providing outstanding patient care.

Resident 2015/04
Dr. Stephen Smith

Second-year resident Stephen Smith, M.D. is the recipient of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Career Starter Grant. With this funding, Dr. Smith will continue to study the ocular safety profile of new chemotherapy agents that can be injected into the eye to treat patients with advanced-stage retinoblastoma. His research has the potential to impact the way advanced retinoblastoma is treated in this country and around the world. The Knights Templar Eye Foundation supports research that can help launch the careers of clinical or basic researchers committed to the prevention and cure of potentially blinding diseases in infants and children.

 

Faculty 2015/04
Dr. Christine Nelson

Christine C. Nelson, M.D., FACS, is the recipient of the University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Outstanding Research Mentor Award. Dr. Nelson was nominated by her student, Jane Smith, and is one of only six UROP sponsors to receive the award which recognizes contributions to the mentorship and development of future young scholars and researchers in both academic and career pursuits. She is the Bartley R. Frueh, M.D. and Frueh Family Collegiate Professor in Eye Plastics and Orbital Surgery, and Professor, Department of Surgery, Plastic Surgery Section.

 

Resident 2015/04
Dr. Sophia Wang

First-year resident Sophia Wang, M.D., is the recipient of a travel grant from the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) for her work on the incidence and risk factors for developing diabetic retinopathy among youth with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Wang’s work could lead to improved ophthalmic screening guidelines for this population. The mission of the AOS is to promote excellence in patient care, education and research, to address essential issues in medicine, and to advance the art and science of ophthalmology. Dr. Wang will attend and present a poster at this year’s AOS meeting in May.

Faculty 2015/04
Dr. Rajesh Rao

Rajesh C. Rao, M.D., is the recipient of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Pediatric Ophthalmology Grant for his project, “Targeting EZH2, a Histone Methyltransferase, as a Novel Therapy for Human Retinoblastoma.” Dr. Rao’s work could lead to new therapies that are more specific to the tumor, preserve vision, and avoid systemic side effects associated with current treatments of retinoblastoma , a blinding and lethal eye cancer in children. The Knights Templar Eye Foundation supports research that can help launch the careers of clinical or basic researchers committed to the prevention and cure of potentially blinding diseases in infants and children, such as amblyopia, congenital cataract, congenital glaucoma, retinopathy of prematurity, and other hereditary eye diseases such as retinal dystrophies or retinoblastoma.

Fellow 2015/04
Dr. Lulu Bursztyn

Lulu Bursztyn, M.D., neuro-ophthalmology fellow, was awarded the outstanding podium case presentation during the Frank B. Walsh Session at the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) meeting in San Diego, California.

The Walsh Society selects 20 cases annually from over 60 submissions from neuro-ophthalmology fellows around the country. Dr. Bursztyn’s honor is the third in a row for Kellogg neuro-ophthalmology fellows, following a similar feat last year by Dane Breker, M.D., currently at the University of North Dakota, and three years ago by Lindsey De Lott, M.D., Assistant Professor, U-M Kellogg Eye Center.

 

Faculty 2015/03
Dr. Joshua Stein

Joshua D. Stein, M.D., M.S., has been elected to serve on the National Quality Forum (NQF) Standing Committee on Eye Care and Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions. The committee is tasked with evaluating current eye care quality measures, as well as any newly proposed eye care measures. Through national collaborations and assessment of quality measures, the NQF seeks to be a major driving force for and facilitator of continuous quality improvement in American health care.

Faculty 2015/03
Dr. Howard Petty

Howard R. Petty, Ph.D., is the recipient of a U-M Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Award, which enables U-M Medical School research faculty to develop and validate innovative technologies.  Dr. Petty’s proposal is titled, “Nanoparticle Therapy in Cancer.” This and other award-winning projects were selected based on their high potential for translation into commercial industry. 

Faculty 2015/03
Dr. Maria Woodward

Maria A. Woodward, M.D., is the recipient of the Third Century Initiative Global Challenges grant for her work in deep monitoring chronic disease status in elderly, underserved, and remote populations. Dr. Woodward is collaborating with principal investigator David T. Burke, Ph.D., and co-investigator Paula Anne Newman-Casey, M.D., M.S., to design and build a high-resolution, low cost, 3D imaging system optimized to survey the human eye in wide range of clinical environments.

Faculty 2015/03
Dr. Joshua Stein

Joshua D. Stein, M.D., M.S., is the recipient of the American Glaucoma Society Mid-Career Physician-Scientist award. Dr. Stein’s proposal is titled, “Impact of Losartan Use on the Risk of Developing Open-Angle Glaucoma.” This grant is awarded to allow mid-career investigators to initiate new research or continue ongoing research. Dr. Stein’s work could lead to novel treatment options for patients with glaucoma.

Faculty 2015/03
Dr. Maria Woodward

Maria A. Woodward, M.D., is the recipient of the Fostering Innovations Grants (FIGs) Program award which provides UMHS faculty with funding to implement innovative ideas. Dr. Woodward will receive seed money for a one-or two-year pilot project to develop the MISight Light, a portable slit lamp eye camera that captures images via a cell phone. Her work will enable ophthalmologists to extend their reach to rural communities, emergency departments, and primary care offices — to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment of eye disease.  Kellogg cornea fellow Sejal Amin, M.D., served as co-principal Investigator on the project. Roland K. Chen, Ph.D., U-M College of Engineering, served as co-investigator on the project.

Resident 2015/02
Dr. Maxwell Stern

Second year resident Maxwell Stem, M.D., is the recipient of the Kellogg Eye Center LaBerge Award which honors resident research. Dr. Stem’s research focuses on understanding the impact of a newly diagnosed complication from diabetes mellitus on a patient's blood sugar control. The results of this study could provide a rationale for the earlier detection of diabetes complications, including those that are not treatable, to encourage improved diabetes management.

Faculty 2015/02
Dr. Shahzad Mian

Shahzad I. Mian, M.D., Associate Professor, and Terry J. Bergstrom Collegiate Professor for Resident Education in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, is the recipient of the Gilbert Whitaker Fund for the Improvement of Teaching, a grant recognizing faculty who engage in activities that improve the quality of student learning at the University of Michigan. Dr. Mian was awarded for his work in using virtual simulation in the development of ophthalmic knowledge and skills for medical students. Dr. Mian is Kellogg’s Associate Chair for Education and Director of the Residency Program.

Resident 2015/02
Dr. Stephen Smith

Stephen J. Smith, M.D., second-year resident, is the recipient of the Michigan Ophthalmology Trainee Career Development Award (MOTCDA) for his research proposal to investigate retinoblastoma therapies that could save patients’ eyes, even those with advanced disease.  Dr. Smith was awarded $10,000 from the University of Michigan and $10,000 from the Mayo Clinic for the project, "Preclinical acute safety study of combined carboplatin and etoposide phosphate intravitreal injection therapy for retinoblastoma.” 

Resident 2015/02
Dr. Mehnaz Khan

Mehnaz Khan, M.D., M.S., third-year resident, was chosen to give a presentation at the Resident and Fellow Research Forum, held at the Annual Meeting of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO). Her talk was titled the Epigenetics of Retinoblastoma. The Forum, which is supported by Research to Prevent Blindness, is intended to encourage the most promising house officers to pursue a career in academic ophthalmology and vision research.

Faculty 2014/11
Dr. Abigail Fahim

Abigail T. Fahim, M.D., Ph.D., graduate chief resident, has received a grant from the Lecturers’ Professional Development Fund through the U-M Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. The award will support registration and travel to the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology meeting in January 2015, where Dr. Fahim will participate in a panel discussion on running an ophthalmology residency program. She will also present on the residency program’s implementation of a novel tablet call log application, which is designed to help assess resident achievement of milestones set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Faculty 2014/10
Bruce Furr

Bruce Furr, C.O., Ph.D., Director of Kellogg’s Orthoptic Clinic and Training Program, received the Lancaster Medal for Meritorious Contribution to Orthoptic Excellence, the most prestigious award given by the American Association of Certified Orthoptists. Presented at the 2014 Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in Chicago, this award recognizes outstanding service and commitment to the organizational mission as well as achievements in service, teaching and research.

Faculty 2014/09
Dr. Rajesh Rao

Rajesh C. Rao, M.D., has received the Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award for his project, Sustaining Early-Born Retinal Neuron Potency from Stem Cells: An Epigenetic Approach.

Some of the most common causes of irreversible blindness are diseases associated with the death of early-born retinal neurons (EB-RNs), the first retinal neurons to emerge in embryonic development.

Retinal neurons (RNs) obtained from retina-specific stem cells allow for more efficient and safer stem cell treatment, but maintaining in vitro early-born neural potency in stem cell cultures—a required step for clinical therapy—poses a significant challenge. As retinal stem cells are expanded to generate enough cell numbers for therapy, they lose their ability to produce EB-RNs, such as cone photoreceptors and retinal ganglion cells, and instead generate late-born cell types, such as Müller glia (support cells for the retinal neurons) and rod photoreceptors.

With the help of this award, Dr. Rao and his team seek to understand this process and to develop a method to reliably generate EB-RNs throughout the in vitro process for clinical therapy. This could eventually help patients with neurodegenerative diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, cone retinal dystrophies, glaucoma, and even ALS and Parkinson’s disease.

Faculty 2014/08
Dr. Monte DelMonte

Monte A. Del Monte, M.D., has recently been honored by two professional ophthalmology organizations. He was recognized for outstanding contributions as an examiner of the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Del Monte also received a Lifetime Achievement Award for distinguished service to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

Resident 2014/05
Dr. Grace Wang

First-year resident, Grace Wang, M.D., Ph.D., has been invited to attend the 9th Annual Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Residents Retreat in Chicago. Dr. Wang was nominated by Kellogg’s leadership for her exceptional promise in a career in academic ophthalmology. Dr. Wang is one of 36 residents selected to participate in this meeting with faculty members from academic departments of ophthalmology across the United States and leaders from the National Eye Institute and Research to Prevent Blindness.

Faculty 2014/05
Dr. Julia Richards

Julia E. Richards, Ph.D., was recognized for her innovative research in open-angle glaucoma at the 2014 annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Dr. Richards’ study, recognized as a “Hot Topic,” evaluated whether the use of metformin, a drug used to treat diabetes, could reduce the risk of open-angle glaucoma. Her findings indicate that use of metformin reduced the hazard of open-angle glaucoma by about 25 percent over a two-year period. This research suggests that the reduced hazard might be the result of metformin's known impact on aging pathways and processes, and not be a simple result of glycemic control.

Faculty 2014/05
Dr. Debra Thompson

Debra A. Thompson, Ph.D., received a grant from the BrightFocus Foundation for her research in macular degeneration. Dr. Thompson is investigating special proteins that may help control inflammatory responses in the retina. Her findings could help prevent the presence of low grade inflammation that can cause retinal damage over long periods of time.  The award, named the Elizabeth Anderson Award for Macular Degeneration Research, was presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in Tampa, Florida.

Faculty 2014/04
Timothy Steffens

Timothy J. Steffens, CRA, Director of Ophthalmic Imaging at the Kellogg Eye Center, has been elected Chairman of the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society Board of Certification (BOC). The BOC is responsible for certification of retinal angiographers, ophthalmic photographers, and ophthalmic tomographers. Among the certifications conferred are Certified Retinal Angiographer (CRA) and Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging (OCT-C).

Resident 2014/03
Dr. Andrew Stacey

Andrew Stacey, M.D., M.S., second-year resident, has won a Michigan Ophthalmology Trainee Career Development Award, which will allow him to conduct research on intra-arterial chemotherapy for children with retinoblastoma at the international ocular oncology referral center at the University of Siena in Siena, Italy.

Faculty 2014/03
Dr. Cagri Besirli

Cagri G. Besirli, M.D., Ph.D., is the recipient of the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Career Development Award for his research project titled, “Stress-Induced Neuroprotection in the Retina.” This prestigious award helps recruit promising young researchers to ophthalmology and supports junior faculty who have demonstrated their potential for independent research. The award provides funding of $250,000 over a four-year period. “The long-term goal of my work is to design therapeutic agents to enhance intrinsic neuroprotective pathways to improve visual recovery,” says Dr. Besirli. RPB is the leading voluntary health organization supporting eye research directed at the prevention, treatment or eradication of all diseases that threaten vision.

Resident 2014/03
Dr. Ryan J. Fante

Ryan J. Fante, M.D., third-year resident, is one of ten winners of a 2014 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation Resident Excellence Award.  The award recognizes a resident’s “exemplary performance” in research, patient care, leadership, and/or education. Dr. Fante will receive a stipend of $1000 for travel to the ASCRS Annual Symposium in Boston, Massachusetts, April 26-29, 2014, along with complimentary lodging and meeting registration.

 

Faculty 2014/02
Dr. Joshua Stein

Joshua D. Stein, M.D., M.S., is the recipient of the 2014 Shaffer Grants for Innovative Glaucoma Research, a grant providing seed money to researchers for pilot projects that explore novel or promising ideas in glaucoma research. Dr. Stein was recognized for his project, “A Dynamic, Personalized Glaucoma Monitoring Decision Support Tool.” The funding has helped to generate pilot data that led to an R01 application recently submitted to the National Institutes of Health to further develop and refine the tool.

Faculty 2014/02
Dr. Shahzad Mian

Shahzad I. Mian, M.D., is the recipient of a U-M Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Award which enables U-M Medical School research faculty to develop and validate innovative technologies. Dr. Mian’s proposal is titled, “In vivo assessment of a novel intraocular pressure transducer.” This and other award-winning projects were selected based on their high potential for translation into commercial industry. Dr. Mian collaborated on this project with Nikos Chronis, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, and Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan College of Engineering.

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