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Prevent Blindness announces the recipient of its 2017 Joanne Angle Investigator Award

Published: 06.06.2017

Prevent Blindness announced the recipient of its 2017 Joanne Angle Investigator Award as Brian J. Song, MD, MPH, at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Department of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. The Award has been presented for the study, “Glaucoma Detection in Diabetes Teleretinal Programmes.”

The Joanne Angle Investigator Award is a research grant, presented annually, to scientifically-based studies that seek to end unnecessary vision loss.  To date, Prevent Blindness has awarded more than $1 million to eye and vision research projects. The award was named after Joanne Angle who served with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) for many years as well as volunteered for Prevent Blindness as part of the National Board of Directors and various committees.

Brian J. Song, MD, MPH

“Over the past decade, the increasing utilization of telemedicine for diabetic retinopathy has shown tremendous potential to change the fundamental approach to eye disease screening which has not been feasible in the past. One feature that has been common to successful telemedicine screening models for other eye diseases is direct visualization of eye pathology in higher risk individuals,” said Dr. Song.  “My research will establish much-needed optic disc imaging standards that will potentially be a significant contribution to enhance early detection and reduce vision loss from glaucoma.”


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