Awards Committee

Awards Committee


The Awards Committee (AWD) solicits and reviews nominations annually for ARVO awards.


  • Reviews and ranks nominations.
  • Evaluates the awards program to ensure that new trends in the field are addressed.
  • Chair reports to the Board of Trustees on the Committee's recommendations of top candidates for the awards at one of the two board meetings held during the ARVO Annual Meeting.


AWD consists of one member from each Scientific Section to ensure that there is adequate coverage of all relevant research fields. AWD members are past awardees, past Board members, or members distinguished in their field. Ex officio AWD members do not participate in the evaluation of the nominees or in voting. AWD includes at least one former Cogan Award recipient and at least two former Proctor/Friedenwald Award recipients. The length of service is four years.


The committee as a whole meets during the ARVO Annual Meeting and conducts business via ARVOConnect and e-mail and if needed by conference call during the year.


Chair and VN Representative

Laura J. Frishman, PhD, FARVO

Section: Visual Neuroscience
University of Houston
Houston , Texas
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/07/2020

EY Representative

Beau B. Bruce, MD, PhD

Section: Eye Movements/Strabismus/Amblyopia/Neuro-Ophthalmology
Emory University
Decatur , Ga.
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/02/2019

IM Representative

Michelle C. Callegan, PhD, FARVO

Section: Immunology and Microbiology
University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
Oklahoma City , Okla.
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/06/2021

BI Representative

Anneke I. Den Hollander, PhD

Section: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center
Nijmegen , Netherlands
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/05/2022

RE Representative

Wolfgang Drexler, PhD, FARVO

Section: Retina
Medical University Vienna
Vienna , Austria
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/05/2022

CO Representative

Juana Gallar, MD, PhD, FARVO

Section: Cornea
Universidad Miguel Hernandez-CSIC
San Juan de Alicante , Spain
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/02/2019

AP Representative

Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald, PhD, FARVO

Section: Anatomy and Pathology
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis , Tenn.
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/07/2020

PH Representative

Catherine A. Opere, PhD

Section: Physiology and Pharmacology
Creighton University
Omaha , Neb.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/05/2022

GL Representative

Maria Moussalli, MD

Section: Glaucoma
Hospital Italiano
Capital Federal Buenos Aires , Argentina
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/02/2019

LE Member

Vasanth Rao, PhD

Section: Lens
Duke University
Durham , N.C.
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/07/2020

RC Representative

Enrica Strettoi, PhD

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
CNR Neuroscience Institute
Pisa , Italy
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/05/2022

CL Representative

Rohit Varma, MPH, MD, FARVO

Section: Clinical and Epidemiologic Research
University of Southern California
Los Angeles , Calif.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/05/2022

VI Representative

David R. Williams, PhD, FARVO

Section: Visual Psychophysics and Physiological Optics
University of Rochester
Rochester , N.Y.
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/06/2021

Trustee Liaison

Louis R. Pasquale, MD, FARVO

Harvard Medical School
Boston , Mass.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/04/2023

Ex Officio

Iris M. Rush, CAE

Executive Director

Staff Committee Liaison

Kerin Miller

Awards and Grants Specialist