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Dr. Ambati To Receive Award For Contributions To Vision Research

June 15, 2009

Adapted from the University of Kentucky

Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chairman of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky, has been chosen to receive the 2010 Cogan Award from The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). ARVO is the leading vision research organization, composed of over 12,000 members internationally.

Since 1988, ARVO has annually recognized one individual younger than 40 years of age who has made important and worthwhile contributions to research in ophthalmology or visual science that are directly related to disorders of the human eye or visual system, and who shows substantial promise for the future.

Specifically, the Cogan Award is presented to Ambati for exceptional contributions in the understanding of the role of innate immune system in the mechanisms and treatment of age-related macular degeneration.

"I am delighted and honored to be chosen for this prestigious award," Ambati said. "This award recognizes the important contributions that the talented young scientists in my research group have made in advancing the understanding of how macular degeneration develops and how it can be better diagnosed and treated. While such recognition from my peers is tremendously gratifying, my professional mission is to hasten the day when blindness due to macular degeneration becomes a faded memory."

Ambati's lab has made numerous foundational contributions in macular degeneration research with numerous papers published in Nature, Nature Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Ambati is the Dr. E. Vernon Smith & Eloise C. Smith Endowed Chair in Macular Degeneration, and he was the first ophthalmologist to win the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research. He was also elected to The American Society for Clinical Investigation, and serves on the editorial board of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences.

Ambati will receive the Cogan Award and deliver the Cogan Award Lecture at the ARVO annual meeting in May 2010 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

On behalf of its donors, Macular Degeneration Research, program of the BrightFocus Foundation, is proud to have Dr. Ambati's contributions as a member of its Scientific Review Committee, and to have funded him for several very important studies involving macular degeneration. We sincerely congratulate him for being chosen to receive the 2010 Cogan Award.

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