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About the Program

In 2012, Bayer launched the Global Ophthalmology Awards Program (GOAP) with the aim of advancing the scientific understanding and clinical management of retinal ophthalmic disorders. Through grants supporting research and training in ophthalmology, the program seeks to provide opportunities for treatment improvement and to encourage ophthalmologists to further develop their skills in the management of retinal disorders.

 Current Award Recipients: 2017

Fellowship Project Award

Dr. Hernán Andrés Ríos Calixto
Research institution: Fundación Oftalmológica Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia
Project title: Neural networks for detection of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema
Mentor: Dr. Francisco J. Rodríguez

Dr. José Ronaldo Lima de Carvalho, Jr
Research institution: Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Project title: Optimizing prognostication for bestrophin retinal dystrophy using multi-modal imaging
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Tsang

Dr. Jorge Andrés Orellana-Ríos
Research institution: New York University School of Medicine, NY, USA
Project title: Validated autofluorescence in age-related macular degeneration
Mentor: Professor R. Theodore Smith

Dr. Mital Shah
Research institution: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Project title: Understanding cone degeneration in retinitis pigmentosa using in vivo high-resolution retinal imaging with adaptive optics
Mentor: Professor Susan Downes

Research Award

Dr. Anouk Georges
Research institution: GIGA Institute, University Hospital of Liège, Belgium
Project title: Modulating synaptogenesis in mouse iPS-derived 3D retinal cultures: A strategy to enhance neural circuit reconstruction post-transplantation

Professor Robyn Guymer
Research institution: Centre for Eye Research Australia, Melbourne, Australia
Project title: Improving visual outcomes for neovascular AMD using tablet-based monitoring in the home

Dr. Caspar Jonker
Research institution: Margaret M. Dyson Vision Research Institute, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, USA
Project title: Generation of an in vitro model of retina and choroid to study and screen drugs for blinding diseases

Assistant Professor Atsuhiro Kanda
Research institution: Faculty of Medicine and Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University, Japan
Project title: Crosstalk between glycans and their binding partners in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy

Assistant Professor Ingeborg Klaassen
Research institution: Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Project title: Endothelium-specific PLVAP as a potential therapeutic target in the treatment of DME

Dr. Hetian Lei
Research institution: Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
Project title: PI3K and pathological retinal angiogenesis

Assistant Professor Hidetaka Matsumoto
Research institution: Department of Ophthalmology, Gunma University School of Medicine, Japan
Project title: The role of TRPV4 in photoreceptor cell death after retinal detachment

Associate Professor Steven Yeh
Research institution: Emory Eye Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Project title: Serologic and molecular diagnosis of infectious uveitis in a viral hemorrhagic fever zone
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Date of preparation: February 2018
Job code: G.MKT.SM.STH.02.2018.1543