Taking Next Steps
Introducing the recipient of the inaugural ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship
Ruth Steer |
Many of you will be familiar with the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) fellowships that support promising young ophthalmologists from low-resource countries with international training. In 2018, the ICO – in partnership with Allergan – also offered a new opportunity: the ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship. Open to young clinician researchers from all countries, this $50,000 award supports the recipient in continuing their research at an institute of their choice for one year. An esteemed judging panel of clinicians met at the ARVO 2018 meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, to consider the applications, and selected Emilio de Almeida Torres Netto as the recipient of this inaugural fellowship.
“It was a unanimous decision,” says Berthold Seitz, Director of the Department of Ophthalmology at Saarland University Medical Center, Homburg/Saar, Germany, and Director of ICO Fellowships. “Torres Netto truly fulfilled all the criteria; he has published extensively in the field, has numerous conference contributions, and has an excellent research project in keratoconus and corneal crosslinking (CXL).”
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