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ARVO 2015 Achievement Awards


The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)  presented the 2015 Achievement Awards at the annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. Two SERI/MEE scientists are among the top awardees.

Dr Joan W. Miller and Dr Patricia A. D'AmorePatricia A. D'Amore, PhD received the Proctor Medal and Joan W. Miller, MD was  awarded the Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Miller is Chief of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Massachusetts General Hospital; Henry Willard Williams Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School. 
The Weisenfeld Award is presented to an individual in recognition of distinguished scholarly contributions to the clinical practice of ophthalmology. It was established as a tribute to Mildred Weisenfeld's outstanding contributions to the field, which include the founding of Fight for Sight in 1946.  

An internationally recognized expert in the field of angiogenesis, Dr. D'Amore is the Director of Research at Schepens and Director of the Howe Lab at Mass. Eye and Ear, as well as the Charles L. Schepens Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. Established in 1949, The Proctor Medal honor's Dr. Francis I. Proctor, an ophthalmologist who conducted extensive research on the etiology and treatment of trachoma. This prestigious award honors outstanding research in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology. This was the first ophthalmology-related award to honor non-clinicians in the field.

At the 2015 ARVO Annual Meeting in Denver, Dr. D'Amore presented the Proctor Award Lecture "Regulation of retinal vascular growth: development, pathology and therapy". Dr. Miller presented the Weisenfeld Award Lecture titled "Beyond VEGF".