"The ARVO Foundation is thrilled with Alcon's most generous gift," said ARVO Foundation Chairman John E. Dowling, PhD. "Alcon has already done an enormous amount to advance research in visual science and ophthalmology and the present gift is yet another example of their commitment and forward-thinking in support of eye and vision research."
In announcing the gift, Gerald D. Cagle, PhD, Alcon's Senior Vice President for Research and Development noted, "Alcon Laboratories is pleased to join hands as a 'Partner in Progress' with the ARVO Foundation. A primary objective of the ARVO Foundation is to foster scientific interactions between basic scientists and clinicians. Alcon's commitment of $500,000 will be directed toward innovative initiatives supporting clinician-scientists, an integral component for such interactions"
Beginning in 2006, the keynote lecture at ARVO's Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will be known as the ARVO/Alcon Keynote Session. Past keynote speakers at the Annual Meeting, which attracts over 9,500 researchers, have included leading vision scientists from around the world including a Nobel Prize winner.
The first ARVO/Alcon Early Career Clinician-Scientist Research Awards will be presented at the 2006 ARVO Annual Meeting. Designed to recognize the importance of clinician-scientists in the ophthalmic research community, selection will reflect the quality of each winner's research presented at the ARVO Annual Meeting. Candidates will be clinicians with an academ
Contact: Elinore Tibbetts
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology