IRRF/Macula Awardees

2023 IRRF/Macula Society Grantees

The International Retinal Research Foundation (IRRF) has partnered with The Macula Society to form The Macula Society/IRRF Award.  The Award is in accordance with the Macula Society’s purpose of providing a forum for the presentation and dissemination of the most current and most advanced scientific information and research in retinal vascular and macular diseases.  This […]

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Charles DeBoer, MD, PhD

2023 Robert Machemer MD and International Retinal Research Foundation Fellowship

Charles DeBoer, MD, PhD Clinical Instructor, Ophthalmology The members of the Board of The Robert Machemer Foundation have awarded the 2023 Robert Machemer MD and International Retinal Research Foundation Fellowship to The Stanford Health Care Byers Eye Institute, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA, to Charles DeBoer, MD, PhD.  Dr. DeBoer is a board-certified, fellowship-trained vitreoretinal […]

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2023 Loris and David Rich Postdoctoral Scholar

Joel Jovanovic, PhD Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Nashville, Tennessee Project Title: The role of microglia-mediated inflammation on the cell fate of proliferating Müller glia following p27Kip1 inactivation and outer retina degeneration in aged mice Joel Jovanovic, PhD has been selected as the 2023 Loris and David Rich Postdoctoral Scholar […]

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2023 Charles D. Kelman, MD Postdoctoral Scholar

Marco Bassetto, PhD University of California Irvine, USA PROJECT TITLE: Pharmacological treatment for maculopathies based on oral administration of new visual cycle modulator Dr. Bassetto developed his PhD in the field of ocular drug delivery. His early research aimed at establishing methods to enhance permeation of therapeutics within the eye after non-invasive, topical application. Most […]

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2023 Retina Society/IRRF Awardees

In 2023, 13 grant applications across the spectrum of basic, translational and clinical science were received for consideration for funding by the Research and Education Fund and Grant Awards program.  All were carefully reviewed by a committee consisting of Jason Hsu, Nora Lad, Eric Nudleman, Susanna Park, Yannis Paulus, Charles Wycoff and David Zacks. The 2023 […]

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2023-RPB/IRRF Catalyst Award for Innovative Research Approaches for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

RESEARCH PROJECT TITLE: Mechanobiology of Choroidal Vascular Loss in Early Age-related Macular Degeneration Kaustabh Ghosh, PhD Associate Professor of Ophthalmology David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA Doheny Eye Institute Dr. Ghosh will study how the blood vessels in the outer retina (choroidal vessels) degenerate early on in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Dr. Ghosh recently discovered […]

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2023 IRRF/Macula Society Grantee Thomas Wubben, MD, PhD

Thomas Wubben, MD, PhD University of Medicine, Medical School, Kellogg Eye Center Project Title: Elucidating the Role of Glutamine Catabolism in Cone Photoreceptor Metabolic Homeostasis and Survival Dr. Wubben’s research focuses on the intersection of retinal metabolism and vitreoretinal disease.  Understanding the metabolic pathways that support retinal cell function and survival and how these pathways […]

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Luis Arias, MD

2023 IRRF/Macula Society Grantee Luis Arias, MD

Luis Arias, MD Head, Retina Department of Ophthalmology, Bellvitge University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain. Project Title:  Application of New Molecular Technologies in the Genetic diagnosis of hereditary Retinal Dystrophies After a Fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida, USA, Dr. Arias return to the University of Barcelona where he is now Associate Professor […]

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Daniel Ting

2023 IRRF/Macula Society Grantee Daniel Ting

Daniel Ting, MBBS (Hons), M Med (Ophth), FAMS, PhD (UWA) Project Title:  A Multi-Model Explainable Artificial Intelligence System Using Weekly Supervised Deep Learning Techniques to Detect and Prognosticate Center-Involving Diabetic Macular Edema Requiring Treatment via a Web-3 Based Digital Platform. Dr. Ting is the current Associate Professor in Ophthalmology with Duke-National University Singapore Medical School […]

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