Miller, Schuman receive ARVO/Pfizer Ophthalmics award

10/24/05

Rockville, Md. -- The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) announced today that Joan W. Miller, MD, and Joel S. Schuman, MD, have been selected to receive the 2006 ARVO/Pfizer Ophthalmics Translational Research Award during ARVO's Annual Meeting to be held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in May 2006.

The ARVO/Pfizer Award is presented to honor excellence in research and fundamental scientific discoveries, concepts and novel technologies, leading to clinical evidence of diagnosis, prevention, or amelioration of the pathological eye and/or an understanding of the normal vision processes. The award is presented to two researchers annually.

Miller was selected for her research in non-human primates, and subsequent translation to humans, leading to the development of photodynamic therapy of neovascular age-related macular degeneration. She is the Henry Willard Williams Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. In addition, Miller is Chief of Ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. She is a past recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, the Alcon Research Institute Award, and the Retina Research Award of the Club Jules Gonin. Miller is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology.

Schuman was chosen for his role as a key researcher in the development of optical coherence tomography that is widely used clinically in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma and retinal diseases. He is Eye and Ear Foundation Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In 2002, Schuman received the Alcon Research Institute Award of Excellence and, the following year, the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Senior Achievement Award. He serves on numerous editorial boards for vision-related journals including Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science and Glaucoma Today, and is also a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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