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About the program

In 2012, Bayer launched the Global Ophthalmology  Awards Program (GOAP) with the aim of advancing the scientific understanding  and clinical management of retinal ophthalmic disorders. Through grants supporting research and training in  ophthalmology, the program seeks to provide opportunities for treatment  improvement.

  Current Award Recipients

Fellowship Project Award

Dr Jasmina Kapetanovic
Research institution: University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Project title: Developing novel optogenetic tools for the treatment of retinal degenerations
Mentor: Professor Robert McLaren

Huber Martins Vasconcelos Junior
Research institution: Casey Eye Institute/OHSU, Portland, OR, US
Project title: Immune-mediated mechanisms and genotype characterization of patients with retinitis pigmentosa-associated cystoid macular edema
Mentor: Dr Mark Edward Pennesi

Dr Gerardo Ledesma-Gil
Research institution: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, US
Project title: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cardiovascular disease
Mentor: Professor R Theodore Smith

Dr Prerana Shah
Research institution: Aravind Eye Hospital, India
Project title: Preventing ROP blindness in premature infants using tele screening in neonatal care units
Mentor: Dr Renu P Rajan
Research Award

Associate Professor Jeremy Lavine
Research institution: Northwestern University, US
Project title: Identifying the mechanism of beta2-adrenergic receptor dependent choroidal neovascularization

Associate Professor Tengku Ain Kamalden
Research institution: University of Malaya, Malaysia
Project title: The role of pancreatic β cell-specific exosomal microRNAs in pathogenesis of diabetic macular edema

Associate Professor Gerald Liew
Research institution: South West Retina, Australia
Project title: Investigating the metabolomic pathways of age-related macular degeneration to discover new therapeutic targets

Dr Susumu Sakimoto
Research institution: Osaka University, Japan
Project title: Paracrine trophic effect by human pluripotent stem cells – derived endothelial colony forming cells for neurovascular degeneration in retinal disease model

Dr Yu Wakatsuki
Research institution: Nihon University Hospital, Japan
Project title: The effect of pyrrole-imidazole polyamide targeting transforming growth factor β1 on AMD

Professor Shigeo Yoshida
Research institution: Kurume University, Japan
Project title: Identification of periostin-binding proteins to develop therapy against fibrovascular proliferation

Dr Marcia Tartarella
Research institution: CAVIVER Institute, Brazil
Project title: Characterization of retinal lesions in children with congenital zika syndrome

Dr Rosa Fernandes
Research institution: University of Coimbra, Portugal
Project title: ExoSwitch – understanding the switch between dry and wet AMD: Role of exosomes
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