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Mass. Eye and Ear Ophthalmologist Pedram Hamrah, M.D., Receives Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award

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Boston (Aug. 31, 2011) – Pedram Hamrah, M.D., a physician and researcher at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and a resident of Cambridge, Mass., has been awarded the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Career Development Award.
 
Dr. Hamrah’s research interests include corneal and transplantation immunology, corneal imaging and inflammatory corneal disorders. In addition to his position as full-time staff member in the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, he is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and the Henry Allen Cornea Scholar.

“Dr. Hamrah is an extremely accomplished faculty member who leads an innovative program in the field of immuno-corneal imaging. His extensive research training in immunology and significant publications in the field are indicative of his dedication to the field his ability to become an effective independent clinician-scientist,” said Joan W. Miller, M.D., Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass General Chief of Ophthalmology and Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

The RPB Career Development Award, established in 1990, helps recruit young doctors to eye research and support promising junior ophthalmology faculty. The award includes a $250,000 grant. To date, the program has recruited 156 vision scientists to research positions in departments of ophthalmology at universities across the country.

About Mass. Eye and Ear
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. Under the direction of Mass. Eye and Ear’s board of directors, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Schepens Eye Research Institute recently formed the world’s largest and most robust private basic and clinical ophthalmology research enterprise. For more information, call 617-523-7900 or visit http://www.masseyeandear.org/.

About RPB
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 binding eye diseases. For information on RPB, RPB-funded research, eye disorders and the RPB Grants Program, go to www.rpbusa.org.