Harvard Medical School Ophthalmologist Ivana Kim, M.D., Receives Grant from Research to Prevent Blindness

January 12, 2009

Boston (Jan. 12, 2009) –Ivana Kim, M.D., clinician-scientist in the Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School and ophthalmologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary has been granted a $60,000 Physician-Scientist Award from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB). These awards allow physicians at medical institutions in the United States to devote more time to clinical eye research activities, providing greater opportunities for specialized study with direct application to the human condition. Dr. Kim is one of only 40 physicians who have received the award since it was established in 2000.

“This grant will allow Dr. Kim to investigate the genetic basis of uveal melanoma, the most common malignancy of the eye and despite treatment advances, still a deadly cancer. Dr. Kim, collaborating with researchers at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass., hopes to develop molecularly targeted therapy for choroidal melanoma,” said Joan W. Miller, M.D., Chief of Ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear and Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

Founded in 1824, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is an independent specialty hospital providing patient care for disorders of the eye, ear, nose, throat, head and neck. Mass. Eye and Ear is an international leader in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology research and a teaching partner of Harvard Medical School. For more information, call 617-523-7900 or visit http://www.mass.eyeandear.org.

RPB is the world’s leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions for research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding eye diseases. For information on RPB, go to www.rpbusa.org.