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Elizabeth Shumard Bell, UHCO OPT IV and PhD candidate, was recently published on New Grad Optometry’s website. The article gives a detailed account of why and how she pursued a combined OD/PhD degree as well as the benefits she discovered along the way. Elizabeth’s research focus is on using wavefront technology to design better corrections for patients with keratoconus. She plans to pursue academia after graduating with her PhD degree. To learn more about her journey and discoveries, visit https://newgradoptometry.com/pursue-dual-optometry-degree/.
UHCO has an annual summer research program supported by the National Eye Institute. The purpose of this program is to introduce students in health professional schools to the opportunities for a career that includes clinical or health-related research. This summer 12 students were selected to participate in the program and work with UHCO’s renowned researchers. At the conclusion of the summer the students showcase their work through a poster presentation. Congratulations to our 2018 summer research students!
Jason Porter, PhD, was awarded Silver Fellow status from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) at the 2018 meeting in Hawaii. A total of 24 researchers became Silver Fellows in 2018 and now Dr. Porter joins an elite group of UHCO faculty and alums who are Gold and Silver Fellows, including: Ray Applegate, OD, PhD, Harold Bedell, PhD, Louvenia Carter-Dawson, PhD, Laura Frishman, PhD, Ron Harwerth, OD, ‘64, PhD, Ruth Manny, OD, ‘75, PhD, ‘81,Earl Smith, OD, ‘72, PhD, ‘78, Mark Bullimore, MCOptom, PhD, Susana Chung, OD, PhD and Dennis Levi, OD, ’71, PhD, ‘77. Congratulations, Dr. Porter! To see the full list of 2018 Silver Fellows click here.
The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced that four UHCO researchers - Maria Walker, OD, MS, FAAO; Gareth Hastings, BOptom; Suraj Upadhyaya, OD, FAAO; and Laura Pardon, OD, MS, FAAO - have been selected as recipients of the 2018 William C. Ezell Fellowships. They were among a total of 13 recipients awarded this year.
As UHCO welcomes the 18-19 clinical residents and fellows we say goodbye to our 17-18 family of residents and fellows. Between the University Eye Institute, Community Clinics and external partnerships, UHCO provides 12 residencies and 2 fellowships, each year.
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Dr. Mario Gutierrez ’84 to the Texas Optometry Board (TOB) and he will also serve as the board’s presiding officer. According to Dr. Gutierrez, the TOB will modernize the continuing education (CE) recording process to make it more efficient and easier for licensees to track. The board will also expedite new graduate licensing so that they are able to practice shortly after graduation.
UHCO biomedical engineer Vijaykrishna Raghunathan has received $765,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to examine an understudied part of glaucoma – the ebb and flow of aqueous humor, the liquid in the eye whose regulation controls eye pressure. His work could lead to a pharmaceutical cure for the irreversible disease.