Merck Innovative Ophthalmology Research Awards

The Merck & Co Inc. Innovative Ophthalmology Research Award (IORA) was formerly Merck's Chibret Award, created in honor of French ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Chibret. IORA is designed to encourage researchers to undertake investigative work in critical areas of ophthalmology. First awarded in 2009, the IORA was presented through the ARVO Foundation as a biennial award thanks to a generous grant from Merck.

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. View previous recipients awarded through the ARVO Foundation.

Recent recipients

View the 2015 Merck Innovative Ophthalmology Research Award recipients.