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Optometry and Vision Science: August 2005 - Volume 82 - Issue 8 - p 641-643
doi: 10.1097/01.opx.0000178058.99860.9d
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Three Academy Fellows Recipients of B&L Visionaries Award

The 2005 Bausch & Lomb Visionaries Recognition Award, a program that honors eye care professionals who embody the highest ideals in vision care, has been presented to the following:

H. Dwight Cavanagh, MD, PhD, FAAO, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas

Richard M. Hill, OD, PhD, FAAO, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Donald R. Korb, OD, FAAO, Korb & Associates, Boston, Massachusetts

George Spaeth, MD, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania

The Visionaries honorees were nominated by their peers and selected by an independent Visionaries Selection Committee comprised of representatives from academia and professional organizations. B & L will equally distribute a total of $80,000 in donations to vision-related, nonprofit organizations chosen by the Visionaries honorees. Drs. Hill and Korb, both leaders in the Academy (AOF Board and Awards Committee chair for the Academy, respectively), have designated the American Optometric Foundation (AOF) as the nonprofit organization to receive each of the $20,000 awards. Each honoree also will receive a Steuben crystal trophy. Visionaries’ photographs and biographies are included in the Bausch & Lomb Visionaries exhibit, displayed at professional meetings and trade shows through 2006. Biographies of the recipients can also be viewed on the web at

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Awards Chair Announces the AAO Awards for 2005

The following individuals were the selections of the Awards Committee for the American Academy of Optometry’s 2005 Awards.

Charles F. Prentice Medal: William Neil Charman, PhD, Dsc

Glenn A. Fry Lecture: Suzanne M.J. Fleiszig, MScO, PhD

International Award: Damien P. Smith, MScO, PhD

William Feinbloom Award: Bruce B. Rosenthal, OD

Carel C. Koch Award: Murray Fingeret, OD, Edwin C. Marshall, OD, MPH

Garland W, Clay Award: George W. Fulk, PhD, OD, Lynn A. Cyert, PhD, OD, Donald E. Parker, PhD

Harris Family Award: Mark Rosenfield, MCO, PhD

Eminent Service Award: Melvin D. Wolfberg, OD, Stanley Yamane, OD

Life Fellowship: Judith Clay, OD, Brien A. Holden, PhD, DSc, Gerald E. Lowther, OD, PhD, Harold Solan, OD, MA

Neumueller Award: Douglas F. Lee

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The AOF Announces the Annual Ezell Fellowship Recipients

The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) proudly announces the 2005 to 2006 recipients of its prestigious William C. Ezell Fellowships. Ezell Fellows are selected on the basis of excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching. The AOF salutes the corporations that sponsored this year’s Ezell Fellowship Program: Advanced Medical Optics (AMO), Bausch & Lomb, CIBA Vision Corporation, Essilor of America, and VISTAKON, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. Additional funding for the Ezell Fellowship Program was provided by the American Academy of Optometry’s Section on Cornea and Contact Lenses and the George S. Mertz Scholarship Fund of the American Optometric Foundation.

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Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) Ezell Fellow

Joy Martin, College of Optometry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas.

Area of Research: Methodology for direct, noninvasive measurement of parafoveal capillary leukocyte pulsatility using an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope.

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Bausch & Lomb Ezell Fellow

Jason Marsack, College of Optometry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas.

Area of Research: Investigation of optical aberration in the keratoconus cornea.

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American Academy of Optometry Section on Cornea and Contact Lenses (CCLS) Ezell Fellow

David Berntsen, College of Optometry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Area of Research: Mechanisms in myopia progression in childhood and clinical evaluation of In Vivo soft contact lens optics.

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CIBA Vision Ezell Fellow

Robert Wojciechowski, National Human Genome Research Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Area of Research: Quantitative Trait Locus (QTL) linkage analysis of refractive error and biometric ocular components in Ashkenazi Jewish and Amish populations.

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George W. Mertz Ezell Fellow

Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Area of Research: Research project defining factors and mechanisms of inflammatory and mechanical complications of silicone hydrogel continuous wear (CW) contact lens use.

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Essilor of American Ezell Fellow

Lisa Ostrin, College of Optometry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas.

Area of Research: Studying human and monkey dynamic and static accommodation using objective methods of measurement and the effects of various pharmacological agents on the accommodative system.

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VISTAKON Ezell Fellow

Ling Chi Huang, College of Optometry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas.

Area of Research: Expression and functional activities of antimicrobial peptides at the ocular surface and functional roles of the epithelial-derived anti-microbial peptide LL-37 at the ocular surface.

The Ezell Fellowship Program, named after the founding President of the AOF, William C. Ezell, OD, was established to provide opportunities to talented postgraduate students who wish to pursue careers in optometric research and education. To date, over 200 William C. Ezell Fellowships have been awarded since the inception of the program in 1949. The 2005 to 2006 Ezell Fellows will be honored at the AOF’s Annual Research Luncheon on December 11, 2005, during the American Academy of Optometry’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

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Academy Fellow Named 2005 American Optometric Association (AOA) Young Optometrist of the Year

The AOA Young Optometrist of the Year Award recognizes a doctor of optometry in active practice <10 years who shows remarkable leadership skills when serving his or her profession, patients, and community. Congratulations to Kristine Eng, OD, FAAO, of Orinda, California.

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National Eye Institute Launches David G. Cogan Ophthalmic Pathology Collection

The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced a new online resource for pathologists, ophthalmologists, optometrists, and students. The David G. Cogan Ophthalmic Pathology Collection, a study and teaching collection of clinical ophthalmic cases and their pathology, is now available worldwide from the NEI.

“The Cogan Collection will serve as a critical component to further our understanding of eye diseases and their treatments,” said NEI director Paul A. Sieving, MD, PhD. “Knowledge of pathology is absolutely essential to the overall study and understanding of eye diseases. The Cogan Collection has the enormous potential to impact the teaching of ophthalmic pathology and clinical ophthalmology with the resultant improvement in diagnosis and treatment of patients.”

The Internet-accessible Cogan Collection comprises 1,040 cases and 3,000 slides. The clinical descriptions and photographs were collected by David G. Cogan, MD, during his career as both a clinical and research ophthalmologist.

Prior to coming to the NEI, Dr. Cogan served as director of the Howe Laboratory of the Harvard Medical School for 33 years. During this time, he contributed greatly to the direction of ophthalmic research and made significant contributions to the field of neurology. He also served as chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School; chief editor of the Archives of Ophthalmology; and member of the editorial boards of Investigative Ophthalmology and the Albrecht Von Graefes Archiv fur Klinishe und Experimentelle Ophthalmologie. Dr. Cogan was also among the initial members of the National Advisory Eye Council of the NEI. When Dr. Cogan retired from Harvard in 1973, Carl Kupfer, MD, who was the NEI director at the time, invited him to join NEI as a senior scientist and clinician. He conducted research and worked with young investigators at the NEI for 20 years before his death in 1993. Dr. Cogan contributed in many areas of research, patient care, and education, and authored more than 500 articles. During this time, Dr. Cogan asked Dr. Kupfer to preserve his collection of clinical cases and pathology reports from more than 6,000 patients by archiving them as a study and teaching collection of ophthalmic pathology. When Dr. Kupfer stepped down from the NEI Directorship in 2000, a position he held for 30 years, he began assessing Dr. Cogan’s collection of clinical materials and ophthalmic pathology slides.

“From the start, I was excited by the possibility of making Dr. Cogan’s vast collection available to students and eye care professionals worldwide,” said Dr. Kupfer. "The primary purpose of this database is to serve as a study and teaching tool. Without a doubt, understanding pathology enhances the ability to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases of the eye and visual system. Anyone in the world with Internet access can call up the material and use it for study, teaching, and other purposes." Through the efforts of Dr. Kupfer and others at NEI, a portion of Dr. Cogan’s pathology slides and clinical descriptions have been electronically converted and are available online.

For more information and to access the David G. Cogan Ophthalmic Pathology Collection, visit:

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NIH SeniorHealth Website

The NIH continues to expand its website. The public and professional community can examine the NIHSeniorHealth website for accurate, up-to-date information on glaucoma, cataract, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and low vision.

For more information:

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New President and CEO of Lighthouse International

Tara Cortes, RN, PhD, has been named President and CEO of Lighthouse International. Dr. Cortes has joined the Lighthouse after serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Patient Care Operations, Bridgeport Hospital, Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Cortes succeeds Barbara Silverstone, DSW, as President and CEO of Lighthouse International.

Dr. Cortes’ extensive clinical, managerial, administrative, and academic experience have included work in institutions ranging from Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Medical Center; Rockefeller University and Hospital; Hunter College School of Nursing; Mount Sinai Hospital and School of Medicine, and New York University Medical Center. A graduate of Villanova University and New York University, where she received her PhD in Nursing Science and Research, Dr. Cortes was named a fellow in the highly competitive Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow program.

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William T. Schmidt Named CEO of the Foundation Fighting Blindness

Mr. Schmidt, 45, has extensive experience as a senior executive for a number of high profile and respected health research advocacy organizations. Notably, Mr. Schmidt spearheaded a successful effort to increase Type 1 diabetes federal research programs by $240 million in new and dedicated funding over a three-year period for research projects at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mr. Schmidt previously served as Director of Government Affairs for the Epilepsy Foundation of America and was an associate attorney in the health law department at McDermott, Will, and Emery. “I look forward to working with the talented people there on innovative ways to raise the funds needed for research in promising areas including genetics, gene therapy, retinal cell transplantation, artificial retinal implants, and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies. We want to facilitate the movement of discoveries in these areas through clinical trials and on to the patients who need them. I’m thrilled to be part of this effort,” Mr. Schmidt said.

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Essilor Student Grant Recipient

Optometry students across the country submitted case studies in hopes of winning the annual Varilux Student Grant Award from Essilor of America. This year, the honor belongs to Stacy Hufnagel, a third year student at Indiana University College of Optometry, who wrote the winning case study, “Application of Varilux Ellipse in a Young Unilateral Pseudophake.” Hufnagel and a guest each received an all-expense paid trip to AOA/AOSA meeting where she was honored at the 14th Annual Varilux Optometry Super Bowl. Each year, the winning student from each school receives $1,000 grant and an entry into the national judging for a chance to become the national winner. The contest is open to third and fourth year Optometry students.

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Automotive Collaboration with Ophthalmology

Can you imagine driving without 20/20 vision? Can you imagine a vehicle that actually helps you drive with 20/20 vision? A vehicle with digital screens rather than mirrors and virtually no blind spots? The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO) is attempting to achieve these things with the help of both vision and automotive experts. The “Eye and The Auto” meeting was held on June 23 to 25, 2005.

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Bausch & Lomb to Nearly Double R&D Center

B&L announced a major expansion that will nearly double the eye health company’s main research and development center located in Rochester, NY. The $35 million project includes $25 million for new construction and $10 million for renovations, equipment, and machinery. The new two-story 75,000 square foot glass and brick wing will house laboratories and offices, and the company is adding up to 200 research jobs over the next two years as it continues to increase its investment in new product research and development. Construction is scheduled for completion in early 2007.

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Essilor Sponsors 2005 Dallas Fort Worth Spring Special Olympics

Essilor of America, as the subsidiary of the Official Worldwide Supplier of Ophthalmic Lenses to Special Olympics-Lions Club International Opening Eyes Program, was on hand for the events, held in Fort Worth on April 23, and in Dallas on May 6 to 7. Approximately 700 Essilor volunteers were present at the event to help coach and offer support to the athletes and their families. Athletes were given the opportunity to participate in events such as track, long jump, softball throw, and shot put. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for participants eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities (mental retardation). Programs such as Special Olympics provide avenues for participants to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy. The sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship creates a sense of unity among the families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

© 2005 American Academy of Optometry