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Jan. 20,  2010

Emory Eye Center Researcher Awarded Senior Scientific Investigator Award

News Article ImageP. Michael Iuvone, PhD

P. Michael Iuvone, PhD, director of research at Emory Eye Center, has been granted a $75,000 Senior Scientific Investigator Award by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB).

The award supports nationally recognized senior scientists conducting eye research at medical institutions in the United States. Iuvone is one of 169 scientists at 56 institutions so honored since the award was established in 1987.

"Nominating Dr. Iuvone for this award was a tremendous honor for me," says Timothy W. Olsen, director of Emory Eye Center. "Now our director of research, he has been recognized by a leading private philanthropic group. Through a highly competitive peer review process, Dr. Iuvone has been acknowledged as a leader in vision research.

"Dr. Iuvone is world renowned for his work in neuromodulation and cell signaling," says Olsen. "I'm excited to see him develop a strong translational research program at Emory."

Iuvone says, "I am very grateful to RPB for this award. The funds provided will facilitate my laboratory's efforts to identify new drug targets for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration."

Iuvone has served as director of research at Emory Eye Center since fall 2009. Prior to that, he served for 31 years in the Department of Pharmacology at Emory University. Iuvone, originally from New York, received his BS in Psychology at the University of Florida. He completed his graduate work there, earning his doctorate in Neurosciences. His post-doctoral experience was conducted at the National Institute of Mental Health. He came to Emory in 1978, serving in the Pharmacology Department and was promoted to full professor in 1990. Iuvone has held a joint appointment in ophthalmology since 1980.

Iuvone served as scientific program planner at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology for many years and currently is on the program planning committee for the biannual meeting of the International Society of Eye Research. He also served on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant review study section for six years, as ad hoc reviewer for seven years, and as an editorial board member of five distinguished journals, including the Journal of Neurochemistry, Experimental Eye Research and Molecular Vision. He was named a Fellow of ARVO at the society's 2009 annual meeting, along with three other Emory Eye Center faculty members, Drs. Henry Edelhauser, John Nickerson and Hans Grossniklaus.

Iuvone currently serves as principal investigator on a NIH grant that deals with retinal function, which provides basic science information relevant to eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He is a co-investigator on several other NIH grants dealing with myopia, ocular melanoma, and circadian rhythms in health and disease. His publications include more than 140 articles published in peer-reviewed literature. He also holds two U.S. patents that deal with the pharmacological treatment of ocular development. At Emory, he has served on 13 separate university committees. His teaching service at Emory includes mentoring seven graduate students and 11 postdoctoral fellows and directing several graduate courses.

He holds memberships in the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, among others. He is a sought-after speaker on retinal function.

RPB is the world's leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions for research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding eye diseases.

Emory Eye Center has a mission to conduct pioneering research into blinding eye diseases, to educate and train eye professionals, and to provide excellent patient care. The Department includes 33 ophthalmologists, eight optometrists, 11 basic scientists, 11 post-doctoral fellows, and nine researchers in other Emory departments who hold joint appointments in the Emory University School of medicine's Department of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology research is supported by current NIH funding of $20 million through 2010. The Department remains in the top rankings (#9 - 2009) by U.S. News & World Report for the 14 years the magazine has held a ranking for Ophthalmology. It also ranks in the Top Ten in the peer-reviewed Ophthalmology Times annual report.


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