Research to Prevent Blindness

How Research to Prevent Blindness Worked To Advance Ophthalmology

Weeks and Swift receive AUPO award

Recently, the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) recognized Research to Prevent Blindness for its continued commitment and service to AUPO and academic ophthalmology. From left: AUPO Executive Vice President Bartly J. Mondino, RPB President Diane S. Swift, and RPB Chairman David F. Weeks.

As recently as the 1960s, ophthalmology was a second-tier medical specialty in the United States. Most medical schools relegated eye care to the division of surgery. With little research money available, few basic scientists focused their work on eyes.
The organization helped elevate academic programs and create NEI to increase funding for eye research.


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