Foundation awards first Publications Grant

Corresponding author Khabir Ahmad got the good news in January. His paper was accepted for publication in ARVO’s Investigative Ophthalmology &Visual Sciences (IOVS) journal, and he would be the first author to receive a $1,000 Publications Grant from the ARVO Foundation to help publish the research.

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Khabir Ahmad, MBBS, MSc

“The grant has been very valuable as it has enabled publication of our study, which provides significant insights into barriers to eye care in a marginalized community where policy, service delivery and healthcare research is often neglected,” said Ahmad, director, Office of Surgical Research, Department of Surgery, Aga Khan University in Pakistan. “Thank you ARVO.”

The paper, entitled “Self-perceived barriers to eye care in a hard-to-reach population: The Karachi Marine Fishing Communities Eye and General Health Survey,” was published in late February. Contributing authors are Anthony B. Zwi of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Tanveer A. Chaudhry of Aga Khan University and independent consultant Daniel Tarantola.

ARVO launched its Publications Grant in 2014 to help authors who need funding assistance to publish in one of its three journals. The grants are supported by contributions to the ARVO Foundation and provide funding to several authors per year.

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