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Pflugfelder honored for contributions to ophthalmology

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Dr. Stephen Pflugfelder, professor of ophthalmology, delivered the Binkhorst Lecture and received the Binkhorst Medal at the annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery / American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators, held May 3-7 in San Diego. This honor is conferred annually on the world's most prominent ophthalmologists and recognizes Pflugfelder for his significant contributions to the science and practice of ophthalmology. His talk was titled, "The Quest for Tear Stability."

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Shetlar Elected President-Elect of AAOOP

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Dr. Debra Shetlar, associate professor of ophthalmology, was elected as president-elect of the American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists at the society’s recent meeting in Chicago. She will serve as president of the society in 2020-2022.

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As part of a new $6 million grant from the NIH National Eye Institute, Drs. Jeffrey RogersTim Stout and Rui Chen, along with colleagues at UC Davis, will study naturally-occurring ocular diseases in nonhuman primate models of human retinal disease, and use those models to develop therapies for the loss of photoreceptor cells in the retina. 

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Fu awarded for macular degeneration research

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Dr. Yingbin Fu, associate professor and the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Endowed Chair in ophthalmology, has earned the 2018 Helen Juanita Reed Award for Macular Degeneration from the BrightFocus Foundation. Fu's lab studies the biological mechanisms underlying various types of neurodegeneration and aging. The award will be presented at the Association for Vision and Ophthalmology annual conference held in April in Honolulu.

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Lewis awarded the 2018 Marshall Parks Bronze Medal

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Dr. Richard Lewis, professor of molecular and human genetics, ophthalmology, pediatrics and medicine, was awarded the 2018 Marshall Parks Bronze Medal from the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at its 44th Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. Lewis is the first non-pediatric ophthalmologist to be honored. He was recognized as the major intellectual force in applying molecular technologies to inherited ocular disorders especially afflicting infants, children and adolescents. He has authored more than 520 publications and holds 10 U.S. patents.

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Stout honored by eye institute

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Dr. Timothy Stout, chair and professor of ophthalmology, was honored as the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus at the Doheny Eye Institute Society of Scholars annual alumni dinner on Jan. 6 in Los Angeles in recognition of his contributions to research, education and patient care. The dinner was part of the Doheny Society of Scholars and UCLA Ophthalmology Clinical Challenges Conference.

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