BOSTON (May 10, 2017) – NEEC Researcher Johanna M. Seddon, MD, ScM received the 2017 Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology at the annual conference of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). The award, given by Fight for Sight, was for her distinguished scholarly contributions to the clinical practice of ophthalmology. Dr. Seddon is the founding Director of the Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Genetics Service at Tufts Medical Center/New England Eye Center. Fight for Sight was founded by Ms. Weisenfeld in 1946 to fund promising researchers in the field of vision.
Dr. Seddon is a retina specialist and genetic epidemiologist at New England Eye Center where she is the Founding Director of the Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Genetics Service of Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Seddon is a renowned practicing ophthalmologist and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with all forms of macular degeneration and other retinal disorders.
Dr. Seddon began the Studies of Macular Degeneration and Other Eye Diseases in 1988. She primarily studies macular degeneration, Stargardt Disease, Best Disease, other macular dystrophies, and high myopia. Her research has helped to develop better treatments as well as establish ways to prevent macular degeneration and other eye diseases.
ARVO is the world's premier eye and vision research organization. Its members number nearly 12,000 researchers from more than 75 countries. ARVO advances research worldwide into understanding the visual system and preventing, treating and curing its disorders.
The Mildred Weisenfeld award was established as a tribute to her outstanding contributions to the field which include the founding of 'Fight for Sight' in 1946. As a young woman with retinitis pigmentosa, Weisenfeld found support was directed to charitable assistance for those with vision disorders. She believed that by encouraging research and researchers, the result would have a greater impact, according to ARVO.
The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc. (ARVO) was founded in 1928 in Washington, DC by a group of 73 ophthalmologists. ARVO was originally named the Association for Research in Ophthalmology (ARO), but the word "vision" was added in 1970 to better reflect the scientific profile of our members.
New England Eye Center (NEEC) is the ophthalmology department for Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. New England Eye Center offers a full range of comprehensive ophthalmology including treatments for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, pediatric ophthalmology and aesthetic surgery. New England Eye Center is also a leading provider of Laser Vision Correction in Greater Boston and New England offering a full range of vision correction procedures for all types of eye conditions.
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Johanna M. Seddon, MD, ScM
Director, Ophthalmic Epidemiology
& Genetics Service