10 Eye Specialists Earn National Awards for One-Page Proposals

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The National Eye Institute recognized 10 ophthalmologists and eye specialists in its Audacious Goals Challenge, awarding winning one-page proposals to advance eye research and medicine with $3,000 and an opportunity to present their ideas at a conference hosted in Washington, D.C., by the NEI later this month.

Four of the winners are physicians: Rajesh Rao, M.D., of Washington University School of Medicine and The Retina Institute in St. Louis, Mo.; Jeffrey Stern, M.D., Ph.D., of Capital Region Retina in Albany, N.Y.; Russell Van Gelder, M.D., Ph.D., of University of Washington in Seattle; and Janey Wiggs, M.D., Ph.D., of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

The full list of winning authors and their entries, which included in vivo gene therapy and regenerative treatments for retinal diseases, can be found here.

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