The Dr. David L. Epstein Award is given annually to a well-established, senior investigator with a documented history of conducting eye and vision research in glaucoma and mentoring clinician-scientists to independent academic and research careers. The award supports a collaborative project for the mentor and mentee related to glaucoma.
The award was created by Dr. Epstein's family with the intention of furthering his long-standing determination and interest in solving the complex issues of glaucoma through well-conceived and executed scientific research focused on finding the causes and new treatments for the disease. The first award of $100,000 was presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting.
Applications open Aug. 1 - Oct. 1
2023 Dr. David L. Epstein Award recipients
Pradeep Y. Ramulu, MD, PhD (mentor) and Jithin Yohannan, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute (Baltimore, Md.)
Improving the Enrollment and Implementation of Glaucoma Neuroprotective Trials by Harnessing Deep Learning
Joshua Stein, MD, MS (mentor) and Lev Prasov, MD, PhD
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Using Big Data and Familial Studies to Define Novel Glaucoma Genes
Jamie Craig, MBBS, FRANZCO, DPhil (mentor) and Owen Siggs, MD, DPhil (mentee)
Flinders University, Australia
Investigating the utility of polygenic risk scores to prevent blindness in primary open-angle glaucoma
Jeffrey Goldberg, MD, FARVO (mentor) and Julie Cho, MD, PhD (mentee)
Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University
Functional effects of therapeutics for neuroprotection and regeneration in a model of glaucoma
Harry A. Quigley, MD, FARVO (mentor) and Thomas V. Johnson, MD, PhD (mentee)
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Stem cell transplantation for RGC replacement and optic nerve regeneration
Janey Wiggs, MD, PhD, FARVO (mentor) and Ryan Collantes, MD (mentee)
Harvard Medical School
Genetics of childhood glaucoma in the Philippines: genetic testing, gene discovery and implications for treatment
David Huang, MD, PhD, FARVO (mentor) and Liang Liu, MD (mentee)
Oregon Health & Science University
Structural OCT and OCT angiography to diagnose and monitor glaucoma progression
Jonathan G. Crowston, MBBS, FRCOphth, FRANZCO, PhD (mentor) and Peter van Wijngaarden, MD, PhD, FRANZCO (mentee)
University of Melbourne, Centre for Eye Research Australia
Energy supply in glaucoma: the role of oligodendrocyte-mediated lactate transport in maintaining the integrity of ganglion cell axons in the optic nerve
About David L. Epstein
The Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Dr. Epstein served as chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Duke University School of Medicine for 22 years before he passed away on March 4, 2014. He was a longtime ARVO member and served as president in 1992. Dr. Epstein received the 2013 Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology for his distinguished scholarly contributions to the clinical practice of ophthalmology. He developed novel drugs for the treatment of glaucoma, leading to 10 patents that involve all aspects of ophthalmic patient care and treatment.
Dr. Epstein authored more than 230 scholarly papers and consulted in glaucoma clinical care while maintaining an active glaucoma research program. He is credited with inspiring generations of young ophthalmologists as a gifted mentor and teacher with a Socratic teaching style. In 2012, he received Duke University School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award.
Dr. Epstein also served on numerous national scientific advisory boards, and as president of the Chandler-Grant Glaucoma Society in 1992 and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology in 2013.