Tufts Eye Scientist Wins ARVO First Place Prize

Affiliated with New England Eye Center
Chung-Jung Chiu DDS PhD Wins $25,000 Award

BOSTON (March 15, 2009) - Tufts University School of Medicine scientist Chung-Jung Chiu, DDS, PhD, has brought great honor to the school and its Department of Ophthalmology winning first place in this year's ARVO Foundation for Eye Research (AFER) competition. The award program is part of the ARVO/AFER-Merck Innovative Ophthalmology Research Awards program and carries a $25,000 prize, the bulk of which goes to the primary investigator.

Dr. Chiu is a scientist in theHuman Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA). He holds a secondary affiliation as a research assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology (New England Eye Center).

His project's manuscript, "Diet, Supplement and Risk of Age-related Macular Degeneration in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study" was awarded first place in the Back-of-the-eye diseases topic. The award will be presented in the ARVO keynote session (ARVO 2009 Annual Meeting is in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 3-7).

About the ARVO-AFER/Merck Innovative
Ophthalmology Research Award (IORA)

With a grant from Merck & Co., Inc., AFER presents this series of biennial awards intended to encourage young researchers to undertake investigative work in critical areas of ophthalmology that may one day lead to meaningful improvements to patients’ lives.

Formerly Merck’s Chibret Award, created in honor of French ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Chibret, IORA is open to researchers aged 45 years or younger who hold an MD, a PhD or an equivalent doctoral level degree.

Since the Award was established in 1982, many young recipients have made dramatic contributions to scientific knowledge in the field of ophthalmology, as Dr. Chibret did more than 100 years ago. Over the years, all these young researchers have displayed the same inventiveness, realism and rigor that drive all scientific discoveries.

Contact Information

Chung-Jung Chiu DDS PhD
Scientist III, JM USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
Tufts University
711 Washington St., Room 628
Boston MA 02111
E-mail: cj.chiu@tufts.edu


About New England Eye Center (NEEC)

New England Eye Center is the Ophthalmology Department for the Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. A leading academic teaching and research hospital, New England Eye Center trains physicians from all over the world each year. New England Eye Center offers a full range of comprehensive ophthalmology including treatments for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, pediatric ophthalmology, refractive and aesthetic surgery. New England Eye Center has 7 locations throughout Massachusetts including it’s main office in Boston at the Tufts Medical Center.