Allergan Foundation Research Grants

Allergan Foundation is now AbbVie Foundation.

As you are probably aware, AbbVie’s acquisition of Allergan was completed in May of last year.

The Allergan Foundation has been an ardent supporter of research projects with AAOF and the Foundation appreciates their generous contributions over the years. Beginning in 2021, The Allergan Foundation has transitioned to The AbbVie Foundation.

The AbbVie Foundation is currently defining the guidelines and procedures related to any grant funding mechanism that it may support, and it is anticipated that final decision making related to this will extend into the summer months.  Currently it is unknown how similar any new mechanism of funding may be relative to the previous Allergan Foundation Research Grant. As we learn additional information, updates will be posted on this website.

If you have questions, please email Bob Gray, VP of Philanthropy,



Stacey S. Choi,  PhD, FAAO
The Ohio State University (OSU), College of Optometry and Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Havener Eye Institute
Project: Characterization of inner retinal changes in glaucoma suspects in comparison to glaucoma patients and age-matched controls through adaptive optics retinal imaging


Suzanne MJ Fleiszig, OD, PhD, FAAO
University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry
Project: Relationship between COVID-19 and the Eye

Loretta B. Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD, FAAO
Case Western Reserve University
Project: Modeling Corneal Endothelial Cell Health Parameters as Predictors of Keratoplasty Stress

Alison M. McDermott, PhD
Northumbria University
Project: Therapeutic Potential of Medicinal Maggot Secretions for Ocular Surface Disease 

Rose Y. Reins, PhD
The Ocular Surface Institute, University of Houston College of Optometry
Project: Evaluation of Vitamin D treatment for Dry Eye induced ocular surface inflammation

Steven Allan Burns, PhD, FARVO, FAAO
Indiana University School of Optometry
Project: High resolution, adaptive optics imaging of the trabecular meshwork in vivo

Nicole Carnt, PhD, BOptom, FAAO
Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney
Project: An investigation of the host immune reaction in response to corneal infection

Nancy A. McNamara, OD, FAAO

University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry
Project: Defining the role of corneal epithelial progenitor cells in the pathogenesis of immune-mediated, aqueous-deficient dry eye disease
Photo Credit: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI/NIH)

Suzanne MJ Fleiszig, OD, PhD, FAAO

Stacey Choi
Stacey S. Choi,  PhD, FAAO