American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces The Inaugural 2017 Joseph T. Barr Early Cornea and Contact Lens Recipient

ORLANDO, FL (July 7, 2017) – Yuno Iwabuchi, fourth year OD/MS student and teaching assistant at Pacific University College of Optometry, was chosen by a committee of members in the Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) as this year’s inaugural recipient for the Joseph T. Barr Early Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award.

The award is intended to provide MS, PhD, vision science, or physiological optics student attending a North American School/College of Optometry research seed funding for a project in cornea/ocular surface or contact lenses. Patrick J. Caroline, FAAO, Associate Professor and Director of Contact Lens Research at Pacific University College of Optometry, said “Dr. Iwabuchi embodies that extremely rare mix of researcher and clinician. All of us here at Pacific look forward to Yuno’s future contributions, which will undoubtedly be numerous and of the highest clinical and academic standards.” 

Of the five applicants who applied to the program, Yuno presented an impressive resume of experience in clinical, volunteer service, research, and lecture presentation. Yuno will receive a $2,000 education award and a $750 travel fellowship to attend the Academy 2017 Chicago annual meeting in October. 

The American Academy of Optometric 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 and is an affiliate of the AAO.