CRANBURY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ophthalmology Times®, a leading multimedia platform dedicated to ophthalmologists, announced the top five finalists of the 2020 Research Scholar Honoree Program on Thursday, Nov. 5, through a live virtual event.
“Each year, we look forward to acknowledging the researchers devoted to advancing the field through our Research Scholar Honoree Program,” said Mike Hennessy Jr., president and CEO of MJH Life Sciences™, parent company of Ophthalmology Times®. “The passion of the ophthalmic community is truly invigorating, and we look forward to the application of the research shared through this program to continue improving patient outcomes.”
To qualify for this exclusive recognition program, fellows and residents involved in unique and notable research in retinal disease submitted an abstract and a short summary outlining the contributions of their research to the retinal community. All submissions were then reviewed by a panel of expert judges, and the top research submissions were invited to present their research in a live virtual event hosted by Ophthalmology Times®. Following their presentations, five winners were selected by faculty judges present at the meeting.
The top five honorees are as follows:
First place – Charles Miller, M.D., Ph.D., fellow, Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, “The Proteome of Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy: New Insight Into the Central Role of Extracellular Matrix”
Second place – Jamie Odden, M.D., MPH, resident, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, “Intravitreal Injections and Endophthalmitis: Does Lidocaine Gel Change the Risk of the Infection?”
Third place – Samir Patel, M.D., vitreoretinal fellow, Wills Eye Hospital, Mid Atlantic Retina, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, “The Impact of Systemic Immunosuppression on Endophthalmitis After Intravitreal Anti-VEGF Injections”
Fourth place – Tina Felfeli, M.D., resident, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, “Significance of Early Outer Retinal Findings on En Face and Cross-Sectional Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging of Eyes With Macula-Off Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment”
Fifth place – Anna Stulova, M.D., fellow, department of ophthalmology, faculty of fundamental medicine, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, “Early Visual Functions Deficiency and OCT-A Changes at the Preclinical Stage of Diabetic Retinopathy: A Prospective Study”
The 2020 Research Scholar Honoree Program is chaired by Rishi P. Singh, M.D., and faculty judges include Thomas A. Albini, M.D., Seenu M. Hariprasad, M.D. and Jonathan L. Prenner, M.D.
“Opportunities of this caliber have long-lasting implications in regard to future exploratory work by young professionals of the field,” said Singh. “As a champion of the program since its inception, I am ecstatic to be a part of it for another year and look forward to the contributions that are to come through the legacy of this program.”
All research presented at the virtual event will also be published online within ophthalmologytimes.com and the top five summaries will be featured in an edition of Ophthalmology Times®.
This program is supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. To view the complete list of honorees and faculty judges, click here.
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