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Dr. Neeru Gupta first Canadian to be nominated to American Academy of Ophthalmology leadership program

Toronto, December 19, 2012

Dr. Neeru Gupta
Dr. Neeru Gupta

Dr. Neeru Gupta, director of the Glaucoma Unit and a Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute scientist, was selected to participate in the 2012 American Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Program. She is the first Canadian to participate in the program.

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, of which Dr. Gupta is a member, was invited by the American Academy of Ophthalmology to nominate an association member to participate in the 2012 AAO Leadership Program. Of the almost 13,000 researchers from around the world, the ARVO leadership recommended Dr. Gupta for her contributions to the association and her leadership in the field.

The year-long program culminated in November with the annual joint conference in Chicago. Of the 18 program participants, only three projects were selected to be presented at the Leadership Development Program final session. Dr. Gupta was one of the chosen three and she presented on St. Michael’s Human Eye Tissue Biobank for Research into Blinding Disease – a first of its kind in Canada – that she co-founded with Dr. Yeni Yucel, a pathologist at St. Michael’s.

Having access to eye tissue is critical for research as it helps scientists understand diseases, like diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, and develop new treatments to prevent blindness. With eye tissue for research becoming prohibitively costly and scarce, St. Michael’s non-profit biobank will be a highly valuable resource for researchers around the world, removing barriers to the study of eye disease and accelerating scientific breakthroughs.