Dr. Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, foremost authority in medical retinal diseases and a pioneer in the treatment of Age Related Macular Degeneration to receive prestigious 2010 Pisart Award from Lighthouse International

April 15, 2011: Dr. Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, one of the world’s foremost authorities in medical retinal diseases is the recipient of the 2010 Pisart Vision Award from Lighthouse International. Dr. Yannuzzi is a professor of clinical ophthalmology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, vice-chairman and director of The Retinal Research Center of the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, and founder and president of The Macula Foundation and a Board Member of Lighthouse International. The prestigious Pisart Award is given annually by Lighthouse International to an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to preventing and treating vision impairment. Lighthouse International is a leading nonprofit organization fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. The Award will be presented at a ceremony at Lighthouse International on April 15, 2011.

According to Mark G. Ackermann, President and CEO of Lighthouse International, “Dr. Yannuzzi is a pioneer and leader in the field. He has shown a deep dedication to improving the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for patients with medical retinal diseases, particularly age-related macular degeneration (AMD).” Dr. Yannuzzi has trained hundreds of residents and fellows throughout the world, spoken at thousands of meetings and advanced the science and understanding of retinal disease. In addition to pioneering several modes of diagnoses and treatment that have led to the enhancement of care for patients with macular diseases, he has authored or co-authored hundreds of peer-reviewed papers, many book chapters and eleven textbooks.

Pisart Award

The Lighthouse International Pisart Vision Award was established in 1981 and is partially funded through a bequest of Mme. Georgette Pisart, a longtime Lighthouse volunteer. This prestigious award carries a prize of $30,000 and a replica of the Pisart sculpture, originally designed by artist Gary Kleiman to represent the rods and cones of the eye.

Nominations are now being accepted through May 23, 2011 for this year’s Pisart Award. The Award is open to anyone who has made a noteworthy contribution to preventing and treating vision impairment. Candidates may be from any field that seeks to ameliorate blindness or to enhance functional vision, including, but not limited to, basic scientific research, engineering, medicine, optometry, rehabilitation and service delivery. Nominators and candidates may reside in, or be citizens of, any country. Nominations may not be made by a candidate or family member. To apply visit www.lighthouse.org/pisart. For more information, call (212) 821-9428 or email kboyle@lighthouse.org. All nominations must be received by May 23, 2011.



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