With the completion of the new Health and Biomedical Sciences Building II (HBSB), the University Eye Institute patient parking lot has relocated.
For information on where to park go to https://www.opt.uh.edu/parking
From The University of Houston College of Optometry
UHCO student selected as AOSA-APHA National Liaison
Christina Klein, OPT IV, was recently selected as the American Optometric Student Association (ASOA) - American Public Health Association's National Liaison for 2019-2020 academic year. There were many strong candidates, but Christina's experience, work ethic, goals and passion were a few of aspects that led the group to selecting her in representing this AOA affiliate organization on a national level.
UHCO Research Receives Grant Funding
Fight for Sight, a nonprofit supporting eye and vision research, recently announced their 2019 grant recipients. Three of UHCO’s own were named: Nicole Karson, OPT III, OD/MS student; Apoorva Karsolia, PhD student; and Samuel Adade, PhD candidate, all received support for their research projects.
Nicole has been working with Wendy Harrison, OD, PhD, doing research on diabetic retinopathy. Apoorva and Samuel work in Vallabh Das, PhD’s lab, whose focus is to better understanding the neural mechanisms that are affected in the different forms of strabismus in order to develop rationally based therapies.
Congratulations to all three!
About Fight for Sight Fight for Sight (FFS) was founded in 1946 by Mildred Weisenfeld, who lost her vision to retinitis pigmentosa, to promote awareness and funding for eye research. FFS invests in the future of eye and vision research by funding promising scientists early in their careers. They have provided over $20 million in grants to more than 3,000 eye researchers. Support from Fight for Sight has directly or indirectly contributed to numerous major advances in understanding, diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, including development of retinal gene therapy, the intraocular lens (IOL), donor cornea preservation, glaucoma medications and the use of lasers in ophthalmology.
Each year the American Academy of Optometry recognizes distinguished individuals who have made countless important contributions to advancing the profession of optometry. “Our Academy is only as good as the people we honor. In 2019 we are honoring the best; our best teachers, researchers, clinicians, and rising stars of the future,” remarked John G. Flanagan, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO, Awards Committee Chair.
This year, two UHCO faculty members and a recent graduate from the Class of 2019 are being honored for their contributions, bringing distinction to the college. They will be recognized this October at the joint American Academy of Optometry and World Council of Optometry meeting along with the other honorees.
To see the full list of awards https://www.aaopt.org/detail/news/2019/07/16/announcing-2019-award-recipients