Minority Fellowship Travel Grants


Each year the Diversity Initiatives Committee awards three minority fellowship travel grants. The ARVO SACNAS Eye and Vision Research Award is given to an individual with the best vision and ophthalmology-related abstract from the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference of that year. The ARVO Vision Research Minority Fellowship Award is awarded to an individual who has won a Rabb-Venable Excellence in Ophthalmology Award at that year's U.S. National Medical Association's annual convention (two awards given each year). The Rabb-Venable award is named in honor of Dr. Maurice Rabb, Jr., and Dr. H. Phillip Venable, two pioneering African American ophthalmologists and researchers. For more information about these grants, please contact awards@arvo.org.

2020 ARVO Minority Fellowship Travel Grant recipients

Carla Ramos, PhD  |  ARVO SACNAS Eye and Vision Research Award recipient 2020 ARVO SACNAS Award recipient - Carla Ramos

Winning project: Stimulation of Retinal Glia Cells by Palmitic Acid

Carla Ramos, PhD, is a postdoctoral trainee at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her research focuses on retinal glia cells and their inflammatory responses to diabetic-associated stimuli. She obtained her BS in Microbiology at UC Santa Barbara, and her PhD in Molecular and cellular biology at the University of Michigan. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif.

Amani A. Davis |  ARVO Vision Research Minority Fellowship Award recipient 

ARVO Vision Research Minority Award Amani DavisWinning project: Ocular Findings in Patients with Isolated Sagittal Synostosis

Amani Davis is a native of Pittsburgh, Penn. Attending Washington University in St. Louis for undergraduate in philosophy neuroscience, psychology, he spent two years working with Ken K. Nischal at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He hopes to continue doing research in pediatrics and ophthalmology throughout medical school and beyond. He would like to pursue a career in ophthalmology, with particular emphasis in treating underserved populations. His research interests include craniosynostosis, retinopathy of prematurity and social needs assessment.

Matthew Tadrus, MD  |  ARVO Vision Research Minority Fellowship Award recipient

Winning project: Toric Intraocular lens implantation in patients with high astigmatism secondary to keratoconus, post penetrating keraoplasty or post refractive ectasia

Recipients from prior years

2019 ARVO SACNAS | Jared Tangeman | Resetting the Epigenome during Retinal Pigment Epithelium Reprogramming towards Retina Regeneration 

2019 ARVO VRMF | Dianne Barrett, MD | Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Thickness in Migraine and its Correlation to Duration and Severity of Disease

2019 ARVO VRMF | Davis Uzochukwu Anugo | A novel therapeutic approach for treating corneal alkaline burn injury by targeting Fidgetin-like 2, a microtubule regulator

2018 ARVO SACNAS | Lewis Marquez | Downregulation of Cytochrome C Oxidase Following IOP Elevation in Rat Model of Glaucoma Is Attenuated By Αb-Crystallin Core Peptide (ABCP)

2018 ARVO VRMF | Joah F. Aliancy, MD | Long-term capsular clarity with a disc-shaped intraocular lens

2018 ARVO VRMF | Caryn Cobb | Micro-Cannula Technique in Periorbital Rejuvenation

2017 ARVO SACNAS  |  Jesse Velasco  |  Characterizing the effects of SPHK1 knockout in the mouse neural retina

2017 ARVO VRMF  |  Deanna Lyttle, MD  |  Levodopa as a possible treatment of visual loss in nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION)

2017 ARVO VRMF  |  Akosua Nti, MD  |  Analysis of the African American and Hispanic sub-groups in the IIHTT treatment trial

2016 ARVO SACNAS  |  Stephanie Landeros  |  Effects of human retinal progenitor cells on glial and immune cell reactivity in the RCS rat

2016 ARVO VRMF  |  Ahmara Gibbons Ross, MD, PhD  |  The threshold of ultraviolet light energy to eliminate acanthamoeba

2016 ARVO VRMF  |  Ijeoma S. Chinwuba  |  Systemic associations of macular retinoschisis, hemorrhagic cysts, and retinal folds in children

2015 ARVO SACNAS  |  Sierra Warren  |  Improving underwater vision with amphibious contact lenses

2015 ARVO VRMF  |  Nikisha Q. Richards  |  Ophthalmic presentation of giant cell arteritis in African Americans

2015 ARVO VRMF  |  Alexis K. Warren  |  Bevacizumab (Avastinâ) as a treatment alternative for threshold retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)

2014 ARVO SACNAS  |  Daniel Foster  |  Using change blindness to study the effect of visual attention on neural activity in visual area v4

2014 ARVO VRMF  |  Alexandros Pappas  |  Success of intraocular pressure control in glaucoma patients undergoing canaloplasty with and without cataract extraction in a single center setting

2014 ARVO VRMF  |  Dianne Barrett  |  Identifying candidate proteases to degrade cochlin using biochemical and bioinformatic techniques

2013 ARVO SACNAS  |  Emily Sales  |  Retinal Ganglion type specific Axon Targeting to the Superior Colliculus in EphrinA2/EphrinA5 Knock-out Mice

2013 ARVO VRMF  |  Ian A. Thompson  |  CFH and HTRAI risk alleles in Caucasian and African American ocular sarcoidosis patients

2013 ARVO VRMF  |  O’Rese J. Knight  |  Comparison of confocal corneal endothelial image analysis methods