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 2014/09
Dr. Rajesh Rao

Rajesh C. Rao, M.D., assistant professor, 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., Skillman Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Division Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at the Kellogg Eye Center, 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., the Harold F. Falls Collegiate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the U-M Kellogg Eye Center, 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., Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 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, University of Michigan Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 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. 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 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.

Faculty 2013/07
Dr. Terry Bergstrom

Terry J. Bergstrom, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, has been awarded the University of Michigan Medical School Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education. This award recognizes outstanding faculty educators for lifetime achievement in all Medical School education programs including M.D., Ph.D., postdoctoral, and residency training.

Faculty 2013/07
Dr. Alan Sugar

Alan Sugar, M.D., Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Vice Chair, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, was awarded the University of Michigan Medical School Outstanding Clinician Award. This award recognizes the exemplary performance of a practicing clinician or program leader of innovation in clinical care.

Faculty 2013/06
Dr. David Musch

For the third time, David C. Musch, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, is the recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Secretariat Award. This honor recognizes special contributions to the Academy and to ophthalmology, including Dr. Musch's role as overall methodologist for both the Ophthalmic Technology Assessment and Preferred Practice Pattern committees, and for his participation as methodologist in the Cornea Preferred Practice Pattern materials.

Faculty 2013/05
Dr. Sayoko Moroi

Sayoko E. Moroi, M.D., Ph.D., professor and glaucoma specialist, received an award for Best Paper in the glaucoma session at a recent symposium of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Moroi’s paper was titled, Association of Aqueous Humor Dynamic Markers in Glaucoma with Canaloplasty Surgery.

 

Resident 2013/05
Dr. Monica Michelotti

Monica Michelotti, M.D., second-year resident, is the recipient of the Michigan Ophthalmology Trainee Career Development Award (MOTCDA) for her research proposal, “Analysis of Healthcare Delivery Systems in the US and UK through the Prism of Ophthalmology.”

Resident 2013/05
Dr. Ryan Fante

Ryan J. Fante, M.D., second-year resident, is the recipient of the Michigan Ophthalmology Trainee Career Development Award (MOTCDA) for his research proposal, "Vitreous Cytokine and Chemokine Profile in Macular Edema Secondary to Diabetes and Central Retinal Vein Occlusion."

Resident 2013/05
Dr. Ira Schachar

Ira H. Schachar, M.D., second-year resident, is the recipient of the Michigan Ophthalmology Trainee Career Development Award (MOTCDA) for his research proposal, "Laser Retinectomy for the Treatment of Glaucoma." 

Resident 2013/04
Dr. Andrew Stacey

Andrew Stacey, M.D., a first-year resident, received a Best Poster Award at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Chicago.  His poster, based on research he initiated while at Ohio State University,  was titled PO165 Risk of Ocular Blood Splatter during Oculoplastic Surgery.

Faculty 2013/03
Dr. Philip Gage

Philip J. Gage, Ph.D., has been awarded a National Glaucoma Research grant from the BrightFocus Foundation (formerly the American Health Alliance Foundation). The goals of this project are to further characterize the clinical and pathological features of a promising new model for studying the mechanisms leading to glaucoma.

Faculty 2013/03
Dr. Jonathan Trobe

Jonathan D. Trobe, M.D., Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Professor, Department of Neurology, has been awarded the 2013 Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching in clinical sciences.  The most prestigious clinical teaching award granted by the U-M Medical School, this honor recognizes exemplary commitment to the education of medical students.  One of fewer than 15 individuals to be board-certified in both ophthalmology and neurology in this country, Dr. Trobe has developed innovative teaching materials and taught medical students, resident physicians, and practitioners across the world in both specialties for over a third of a century. 

Faculty 2013/02

Kellogg is well represented among grant awardees under MCubed, a U-M program that  funds innovative pilot studies fostering multidisciplinary teamwork. Proposals were submitted by teams of three and were required to represent at least two disciplines. Our faculty winners and their Mcubed projects are:

Dr. Victor Elner


Victor Elner, M.D., Ph.D.: A genome-wide DNA methylation study in giant cell arteritis

View the proposal

Dr. Thiran JayasunderaDr. Naheed Kahn


Thiran Jayasundera, M.D. and Naheed Kahn, Ph.D.: A computer model to help patients find the genes linked to inherited retinal diseases


View the proposal

Dr. Sayoko Moroi


Sayoko Moroi, M.D., Ph.D.: Novel drug delivery and treatments for glaucoma

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Dr. David Musch


David Musch, Ph.D., M.P.H.: Antacid medications as anticancer agents improve patients survival and clinical outcome

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Dr. Roni Shtein


Roni Shtein, M.D.
: Characterizing the efficacy of crosslinking (keratoconus)

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Dr. Joshua SteinDr. Denise John


Joshua Stein, M.D.
and Denise John, M.D.: A novel glaucoma drainage device

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Dr. Kwoon Wong


Kwoon Wong, Ph.D.
: Virtual reality as a surrogate sensory environment for evaluation of human luminous environment

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Faculty 2013/02
Dr. Julia Richards

Julia E. Richards, Ph.D., the Harold F. Falls Collegiate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and professor of Epidemiology in the U-M School of Public Health, is one of ten recipients across the nation to win an award for Audacious Goals in Vision Research, a challenge sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI). Dr. Richards’ proposal, Fountains of Youth for the Eye, draws on her years of work in glaucoma genetics.   Complex diseases like AMD and glaucoma are thought to be caused by a combination of environmental factors and multiple gene mutations. Now Dr. Richards proposes that, instead of developing many separate treatments for all of the different late-onset diseases, we could use one general approach that would delay the development and onset by “backshifting” the ocular aging process. Dr. Richards will present her concept at the NEI Audacious Goals Development Meeting, Feb. 24-26 in the Washington, D.C. area.  Ultimately, the most compelling audacious goals will help to frame new research directions over the next decade for the NEI and the broader vision research community. Read the full story.

Faculty 2013/01
Dr. Terry BergstromDr. Michael Smith-WheelockDr. Jonathan Trobe

 

Terry J. Bergstrom, M.D., Michael W. Smith-Wheelock, M.D., and Jonathan D. Trobe, M.D., are among the inaugural class of inductees to the U-M Medical School League of Educational Excellence for their commitment and effectiveness in teaching. Our faculty was cited for their passion for sharing knowledge and for educating the next generation of Michigan physicians and scientists.

Faculty 2013/01
Dr. Elizabeth Du

Elizabeth Du, M.D., Clinical Instructor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, received the Coursera project award in the amount of $10,000 for her course proposal titled, "Cataract Surgery:  An Interactive Online Course."  Dr. Du's online course will be available to residents and post-graduate trainees worldwide in July, 2013 via Coursera's free, online delivery platform.

Faculty 2013/01
Dr. Donald Puro

Donald G. Puro, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, was the recipient of a National Eye Institute R01 grant entitled, “Retinovascular pathophysiology: focus on proliferative retinopathy.” Under this grant, Dr. Puro will study the pathophysiology of proliferative retinopathy, a major sight threatening complication of diabetes that is characterized by aberrant new blood vessel growth on the retinal surface. Findings of this research could lead to new pharmacological targets for treating complications of diabetes, retinopathy of prematurity, and other serious eye disorders.

Research 2012/12
Max Stem

Maxwell Stem, M.D., with support from faculty mentors Thomas Gardner, M.D., M.S. and Joshua Stein, M.D., M.S., was awarded a grant from the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) to study how the diagnosis of a complication from diabetes might impact subsequent hemoglobin A1c values.  The researchers hope to learn more about how patients react to the news that their diabetes is progressing, which could help clinicians devise new strategies for treating people with diabetes.

 

Resident 2012/12
Dr. Crandall Peeler

Crandall E. Peeler, M.D., a second-year resident, received the Department’s Michigan Ophthalmology Trainee Career Development Award, a new academic grant program that encourages residents and trainees to pursue projects they are passionate about.  Dr. Peeler will travel to Bhairawa, Nepal to evaluate whether a low cost automated fundus camera can improve screening efforts in rural areas. A central question in his project is whether health care workers with little training in ocular photography can use the portable camera to capture high-resolution fundus photographs used to diagnose eye disease. His goal is to help remote clinics identify patients who should be referred to larger medical centers where higher level care for eye disease is available. Read his blog.

 

Resident 2012/11
Dr. Patricia Ple-Plakon

Patricia Ple-Plakon, M.D., a second-year resident, received the award for best paper presented by a fellow or resident from the Cornea Society and the Eye Bank Association of America on November 9, at the 2012 Fall Educational Symposium.  Dr. Ple-Plakon’s award-winning paper was titled, "Tissue Characteristics and Reported Adverse Events after Corneal Transplantation.”

Faculty 2012/10
Dr. Alon Kahana

Alon Kahana, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Helmut F. Stern Career Development Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, was named the Mrs. William Davidson Emerging Scholar by the Taubman Emerging Scholars Program at the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute. Created to support early career physician-scientists whose laboratory work aims to translate basic research into new treatments for disease, the Emerging Scholars program connects University of Michigan 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.  Dr. Kahana’s research focuses on the use of stem cells to regenerate eye tissue lost to injury or disease.   

Faculty 2012/10
Dr. Julia Richards

Julia E. Richards, Ph.D., and her co-author received the “Outstanding Academic Title” award for the textbook "The Human Genome: A User's Guide" Third Edition, by Julia E. Richards and R. Scott Hawley.  The award comes from the journal Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, the publication of the Association for College and Research Libraries. A review in the June 2011 issue of Choice notes:  “It [the book] addresses all of the topics traditionally covered in a human genetics textbook without reading like a textbook. It strikes a perfect balance between being rigorous and engaging, and deserves to be included among the most popular current human genetics works.” 

Faculty 2012/10
Dr. Bret Hughes

Bret A. Hughes, Ph.D., Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, was awarded a P30 grant from the National Eye Institute (NEI). The renewal of this grant provides continued funding for the Vision Core Center which comprises five modules: Electronics and Computer Support Module, Functional Assessment Module, Instrument Shop Module, Molecular Biology Module, and a Morphology and Imaging Module. These modules and their staff provide technical support and resources to enhance the NEI R01-funded research of 15 vision scientists, foster collaborations in the vision science community, and assist in the development of pilot projects for new NEI R01 grant proposals.

Faculty 2012/09
Dr. Denise John

Denise A. John, M.D., FRCSC, Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, was selected as a representative to attend the 2012 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar.   The three-day professional development seminar will take place on September 7-10, 2012, and is targeted at physicians and Ph.D. scientists holding medical school appointments and considering leadership positions within their discipline, department, or institution. 

Resident 2012/09
Dr. Abigail Fahim

Abigail T. Fahim, M.D., Ph.D., second-year resident, is the recipient of the inaugural Michigan Ophthalmology Trainee Career Development Award (MOTCDA) for her research proposal, “X-Chromosome Inactivation Ratios and Variable Expressivity in Heterozygotic Female Carriers of RPGR Mutations.”

Resident 2012/09
Dr. Kristen Nwanyanwu

Kristen Harris Nwanyanwu, M.D., M.B.A., third-year resident, is the recipient of the National Medical Association-Ophthalmology Section, Rabb-Venable Research Award for excellence in ophthalmic research. The award is named in honor of Dr. Maurice Rabb, Jr. and Dr. H. Philip Venable — two pioneering African American ophthalmologists and researchers, and recognizes Dr. Nwanyanwu's research presentation entitled, "Predicting Progression from Non-proliferative to Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy."

Dr.  Nwanyanwu was also awarded a University of Michigan Medical School Diversity & Career Development grant in the amount of $2,000 for her research proposal application entitled, "The Influence of social networking on the decision to seek eye care at an academic medical center."  Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D., served as Advisor on this research.

Faculty 2012/08
Dr. Peter Hitchcock

Peter F. Hitchcock, Ph.D., Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology, was appointed as an Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School. Throughout his career, Dr. Hitchcock has been very involved in graduate and postdoctoral training at Michigan. In addition to current and past trainees mentored in his laboratory, Dr. Hitchcock was a former director of the U-M Neuroscience Graduate Program, founding director of the Office of Postdoctoral Studies at the U-M Medical School, and he currently serves as director of U-M’s Vision Research Training Program.

Faculty 2012/08
Dr. Thomas Gardner

Thomas W. Gardner, M.D., M.S., Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Molecular & Integrative Physiology, was named as the first Healthy Eyes Taubman Scholar by the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the U-M Medical School and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  JDRF and the Taubman Institute will support a three-year grant to study novel treatments and biomarkers for diabetic retinopathy, the most common eye-related complication of diabetes.  JDRF's grant to Dr. Gardner is supported by the Ford Motor Company Fund as part of JDRF's Healthy Eyes Project, an initiative focused on diabetic eye disease to ensure that the substantial progress in retinopathy science is translated into treatments for people with diabetes.

Resident 2012/08
Dr. Ira Schachar

Ira H. Schachar, M.D., MSc., received the first-place award for research by a resident for his presentation, “Quantification of Fundus Autofluorescence in Age-Related Macular Degeneration” at the 2012 Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (MiSEPS) meeting in August, 2012.  Dr. Schacher’s attendance at the MiSEPS meeting was a result of his receiving the 2012 George Slocum Research Award from the University of Michigan Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Faculty 2012/08
Dr. Brenda Bohnsack

Brenda Bohnsack, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, received the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Career Development Award.  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.

Dr. Bohnsack's research focuses on congenital eye abnormalities, such as Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome and primary congenital glaucoma — which are important causes of blindness in children and young adults. Her goal is to better understand the genes that regulate eye development and use this information to prevent blindness in children with congenital eye diseases.


Faculty 2012/07
Dr. Joshua Stein

Joshua D. Stein, M.D., M.S., a glaucoma specialist and researcher at Kellogg, was awarded the prestigious Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Physician-Scientist Award. The award is given to distinguished physician-scientists who are nationally recognized in their subspecialty and extensively engaged in eye research.  Dr. Stein, a health services researcher, primarily studies patterns of eye care, racial disparities in eye care, the quality of well-being of patients with eye diseases, and the clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness of ophthalmic interventions. His investigations use enormous health care databases, an approach that provides data for a greater and more diverse group of patients than can be captured in most traditional clinical studies. The findings generated from this type of research can play a pivotal role in shaping future health policy.

Faculty 2012/07
Dr. David Antonetti

David A. Antonetti, Ph.D., Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, was appointed a member of the National Institutes of Health Diseases and Pathophysiology of the Visual System Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, for the term beginning July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2016.  Members are selected on the basis of achievement in their scientific discipline, including quality of research, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities.

Faculty 2012/07
Dr. Alon Kahana

Alon Kahana, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Helmut F. Stern Career Development Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, was awarded a grant from the Michigan Eye Bank for his research proposal, “Chemical genomic screen for modifiers of Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome: a pilot study to identify novel therapeutics of anterior segment dysgenesis."  This research has the potential to lead to breakthroughs in the prevention of blindness secondary to Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome and to advance treatment paradigms for other congenital vision-robbing diseases.

Fellow 2012/07

 

 

Three incoming fellows were awarded the 2012-2013 Heed Fellowship Award from the Society of Heed Fellows.  The recipients of this prestigious honor include vitreoretinal fellow Nieraj Jain, M.D.; medical retina fellow Jeffrey Sundstrom, M.D., Ph.D.; and glaucoma fellow Paula Anne Newman-Casey, M.D. 

Faculty 2012/07

Dr. Cagri BesirliDr. Brenda Bohnsack

 

Two incoming faculty members were awarded the 2011-2012 Heed Fellowship Award from the Society of Heed Fellows.  The recipients of this prestigious honor include pediatric glaucoma fellow Brenda Bohnsack, M.D., Ph.D. and pediatric retina fellow Cagri G. Besirli, M.D., Ph.D.

Faculty 2012/07
Dr. Roni Shtein

Roni M. Shtein, M.D., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, is the recipient of the University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Outstanding Research Mentor Award.  One of only six sponsors to receive this award, Dr. Shtein is recognized for her contributions to the mentorship and development of future young scholars and researchers in both academic and career pursuits.  "Dr. Shtein has motivated me to strive for excellence and continues to give me an exceptional research experience," says Nilesh Raval. "Her powerful methods of mentorship have motivated me to become a mentor to others."

Read about the project in LSA Today: www.lsa.umich.edu/lsa/archives/ci.aneyeondisease_ci.detail

Faculty 2012/06
Dr. David MuschDr. David Zacks Dr. Michael Smith-WheelockDr. Roni Shtein

Four faculty members were recognized by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) for their invaluable volunteer contributions to advancing the mission of the AAO and the profession of ophthalmology worldwide. Recipients include: David C. Musch, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology; David N. Zacks, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Michael Smith-Wheelock, M.D., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs, and Ambulatory Care Unit Medical Director; Roni M. Shtein, M.D., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Faculty 2012/06
Dr. Jonathan Trobe

Jonathan D. Trobe, M.D., Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Professor, Department of Neurology, received the American Academy of Ophthalmologists Life Member status. 

Faculty 2012/06
Dr. Alan Sugar

Alan Sugar, M.D., Professor and Associate Chair, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, received the American Academy of Ophthalmologists Life Member status. 

Faculty 2012/06
Dr. Tom Gardner

Thomas W. Gardner, M.D., M.S., Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Molecular & Integrative Physiology, was awarded the Research to Prevent Blindness Physician-Scientist Award. This award is given to distinguished physician-scientists who are extensively engaged in eye research. Dr. Gardner's research focuses on the development of improved means to detect early stage dysfunction of the retina in patients with diabetes — with the goal of helping these individuals maintain good vision.

Faculty 2012/06
Dr. John Heckenlively

John R. Heckenlively, M.D., Paul R. Lichter Professor of Ophthalmic Genetics, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Director of the Center for Retinal and Macular Degeneration, was the recipient of the Health and Human Services, Department of National Institutes of Health R21 Grant, entitled, "Investigation of autoimmune anti-retinal antibodies (ARA) in Diabetes." Under the grant, Dr. Heckenlively will investigate whether eye related complications of diabetes — including retinal changes, such as cystic edema, retinal thickening, or reduced night vision are related to circulating ARAs. This information could be used by physician-researchers to develop more effective treatments for these conditions and ultimately contribute to preventing major vision loss in patients with diabetes.

Faculty 2012/06
Dr. Sayoko Moroi

Sayoko E. Moroi, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health R01 grant. This grant, entitled, "Aqueous humor dynamic components that determine intraocular pressure variance" is designed to address a critical barrier that limits our understanding of why glaucoma drug response is unpredictable. The data generated from this project will be used to identify biomarkers and environmental factors that profile poor response to treatment and large eye pressure fluctuation. Dr. Moroi will address this critical barrier by focusing on physiological factors that predict eye pressure response to drugs.

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