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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: 2016

Fellowship Project Award

Dr. Shymanga Borooah
Current institution: University of Edinburgh, UK
Research institution: University of California San Diego, USA
Title: Testing disease modifying treatments for macular degeneration
Mentor: Professor Ayyagari

Dr. Jessica Shantha
Current institution: Emory University, USA
Research institution: University of California San Francisco, USA.
Title: Pathogenesis and treatment of Ebola-Associated Uveitis
Mentors: Dr. Acharya and Dr. Yeh

Dr. Paul Steptoe
Current institution: Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK
Research institution: Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK
Title: Defining post Ebola virus disease ophthalmic sequelae and opportunities for intervention
Mentors: Dr. Semple and Mr. Beare
Research Award Recipients: 2016

Assistant Professor Eiko K. De Jong
Research institution: Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Title: Elucidating novel biomarkers for AMD progression

Professor Dr. Antje Grosche
Research institution: Institute of Human Genetics, Germany
Title: PDGF signaling of Müller cells and pericytes in a model of retinal neovascularization

Associate Professor Alex Hewitt
Research institution: Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Australia
Title: Optimization of CRISPR/Cas gene editing in the retina

Assistant Professor Junyeop Lee
Research institution: Yeungnam University, South Korea
Title: Pericyte-associated choroidopathy as a pathogenesis of DME and AMD

Dr. Yoko Okunuki
Research institution: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, USA
Title: Targeting miR-155 to restore microglia and rescue photoreceptor cell loss in retinal detachment

Assistant Professor Yoko Ozawa
Research institution: Keio University, Japan
Title: Development of a new neuroprotective approach for retinitis pigmentosa

Professor Sobha Sivaprasad
Research institution: Institute of Ophthalmology London, UK
Title: Development of automated analysis of ultra-widefield fluorescein angiography images

Dr. Sofia Theodoropoulou
Research institution: Bristol Eye Hospital / Academic Unit of Ophthalmology, UK
Title: The role of an immunomodulatory cytokine and its associated pathways in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration
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Date of preparation: February 2017
Job code: G.MKT.SM.STH.02.2017.1236