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Research Awards at ARVO

RANZCO Fellows, Prof Jonathan Crowston and Prof Robyn Guymer received awards for their research in eye health at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) held in Seattle from 1 to 5 May.

Prof Jonathan Crowston received the inaugural Dr David L. Epstein Award from the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research in recognition of his research in glaucoma.
This Award is in honour of Dr David L. Epstein who is considered to be one of the most influential leaders in the world of glaucoma and glaucoma research over the past 30 years. The Award is given annually to a well-established, senior level investigator with documented history of conducting eye and vision research in glaucoma.

Prof Crowston, Ringland Anderson Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Melbourne and Managing Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), was delighted to be selected as the recipient of this prestigious Award. Dr Peter van Wijngaarden (also from CERA) will be Prof Crowston’s mentee, and will investigate energy transport from oligodendrocytes to retinal ganglion cell axons and determine how this impacts the retinal ganglion cell response to advancing age and physical and metabolic stress at the optic nerve head.

Prof Robyn Guymer was honoured with the Carolyn K. McGillvray Award from the BrightFocus Foundation for Macular Degeneration Research.
The award will allow Prof Guymer to study the underlying mechanisms by which debris accumulates in the retina in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Understanding this this process may lead to novel treatments for early AMD.

Prof Guymer is a senior investigator at CERA who initiated the genetic study of AMD and established the McComas molecular genetics laboratory. Her research team conducts clinical trials into the treatment of AMD and epidemiological studies into its risk factors, and has been responsible for introducing new treatments and investigative tools into clinical practice. She is CERA’s lead investigator on the bionic eye project.

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Last updated: November 29, 2018

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