Fellowship awards

Ophthalmologist receives $50,000 (USD) grant to continue his work into keratoconus

ICO-Allergan fellowship

Dr Emilio de Almeida Torres Netto has been named as the recipient in the inaugural International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship.

The ophthalmologist was selected for the grant by a panel of judges who reached a unanimous decision.

Dr Torres Netto, from Brazil, will use the $50,000 (USD) funding to continue his work into keratotocus, specifically looking at factors modulating the biomechanics of corneal tissue. He will be looking at three areas of corneal crosslinking technology and aims to produce more effective and safer treatments for keratoconus.

On receiving the award, Dr Torres Netto said: “As a specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery, I am delighted to be able to continue my research in the areas of keratoconus and corneal crosslinking and build on my previous learnings.”

He explained that a major focus of his research will be on the early detection and treatment of keratoconus in children and adolescents.

The ICO-Allergan fellowship was launched in 2017 with the aim of supporting “innovative research that advances the scientific understanding and clinical management of ophthalmic disease worldwide.”

Confirming that the bodies would offer the fellowship next year, director of fellowships at the ICO, Professor Berthold Seitz, said: “We are excited to announce the research fellowship is going into its second year. Working with the ophthalmic community is central to our aim at the ICO and we are proud to support forward thinking research and talent within the professional community.”

The 2018–19 fellowship is seeking applications for research in sub-specialties including the cornea, dry eye, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, retina, tumours and uveitis. Applications will close on 15 January 2019.

For more information, visit the ICO website.