Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Pediatric ophthalmologist receives physician-scientist career award

Arlene Drack

Arlene Drack, M.D., associate professor of pediatric ophthalmology and ophthalmic genetics in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has been granted a $100,000 RPB Physician-Scientist Award by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB). These awards allow M.D.s at medical institutions in the U.S. to devote more time to clinical eye research activities, providing greater opportunities for specialized study with direct application to the human condition. Only 3 to 5 awards are given each year and Dr. Drack is one of 53 physician-scientists at 27 institutions who have received the award since it was established in 2000.

"Dr. Drack is a dedicated and compassionate physician with a keen interest in vision research. Her efforts involving the genetics of eye disease and gene therapy are bringing us much closer to new treatments for some of our youngest patients ," commented Dr. Keith Carter, professor and head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa.

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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. For information on RPB, RPB-funded research, eye disorders and the RPB Grants Program, go to www.rpbusa.org