American Academy of Optometry Foundation announces the 2017-2018 Allergan Foundation Research Grant Award Recipient

ORLANDO, FL (October 2, 2017) – The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), in partnership with the Allergan Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 recipient of the Allergan Research Grant. The highly competitive grant is awarded to a talented optometrist and/or vision scientist who is an Academy member and is currently undertaking cutting edge research in the areas of glaucoma and/or the anterior segment. This is the fourth year that the Allergan Foundation has sponsored this generous grant through the AAOF.

Congratulations to Rose Y. Reins, PhD, Assistant Professor at The Ocular Surface Institute, University of Houston College of Optometry. She has been awarded a $60,000 grant for her project, “Evaluation of Vitamin D Treatment for Dry Eye-induced Ocular Surface Inflammation."  Rachel Redfern, OD, PhD, FAAO, Assistant Professor at The Ocular Surface Institute, University of Houston College of Optometry, is the co-investigator on this project.   

 

 

 Rose Y. Reins, PhD

 

 

 

 

Rachel Redfern, OD, PhD, FAAO

 

"The American Academy of  Optometry Foundation is pleased to partner with the Allergan Foundation to recognize individuals whose work will contribute to the future of optometric care. “We congratulate Dr. Reins and her team on her award and cutting edge research that will eventually improve our patients eye health,” said AAOF President David Kirschen, OD, PhD, FAAO.

Dr. Reins and her team will be honored for their achievement at the annual AAOF Celebration Luncheon during Academy 2018 San Antonio.

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is a 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization that develops and provides financial support for optometric research and education in vision and eye health to improve patient clinical care. The AAOF is a proud affliate of the American Academy of Optmetry.