The Endre A. Balazs Prize
This prize was made possible in part by a grant from Abbott Medical Optics.
The Council of ISER awards an International Prize to honor a distinguished scientist whose outstanding contributions provide significant progress in the field of experimental eye research. This prize was named the Endre A. Balazs Prize to honor Endre Balazs for his distinguished work in eye research and his contributions to the organization of the International Society for Eye Research. Previous recipients: Hans Bloemendal (1984), James Rae (1986), Laszlo Bito (1988), Anders Bill (1990), Jose A. Zadunaisky (1992), Joe G. Hollyfield (1994), Elke Lütjen-Drecoll (1996), Carlos Belmonte (1998), Nicolas G. Bazan (2000), Thomas Mittag (2002), Neville Osborne (2004), King-Wai Yau (2006), Ilene K. Gipson (2008) and Joseph C. Besharse (2010).
The 2012 recipient of this Prize is: Gerard A. Lutty, PhD, Department of Ophthalmology, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA. The title of his lecture will be: “The genesis of the human ocular vasculatures.”
The Ernst H. Bárány Prize
The Council of ISER awards an International Prize in honor of Professor Ernst H. Bárány, for his distinguished work in the field of ocular pharmacology. This award will be presented to a distinguished scientist who has made outstanding contributions in research that increases our understanding of ocular pharmacology directly related to or applicable to glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, or related retinal diseases. Previous recipients: Johan Stjernschantz (2002), Elke Lütjen-Drecoll (2004), Paul Kaufman (2006), Anthony P. Adamis (2008) and Martin B. Wax (2010).
The 2012 recipient of this Prize is: Peter Kador, PhD, FARVO, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Nebraska Medical Center, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Omaha, NE, USA. The title of his lecture will be: “Developing Drugs for Age-Related Ocular Diseases.”
The Ludwig von Sallman Prize
Ludwig von Sallmann was a distinguished international ophthalmologist and ophthalmic investigator who served on the staffs of Vienna, Peking and Columbia Universities and the Ophthalmology Branch of the former National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness at the National Institutes of Health. His wife, Henrietta von Sallmann, established a trust fund to award, in his memory, a cash prize of at least U.S. $30,000 every two years to an individual who has distinguished himself or herself by making a significant contribution to vision research and ophthalmology. Previous recipients: Tsuneo Tomita (1984), Gerald Westheimer (1986), Daniel Albert (1988), Richard F. Brubaker (1990), John E. Dowling (1992), Sohan Singh Hayreh (1994), David M. Maurice (1996), Denis A. Baylor (1998), Helga E. Kolb (2000), Steven K. Fisher (2002), Jonathan Stone (2004), Eliot Berson (2006), Samuel Miao-Sin Wu (2008) and Robert S. Molday (2010).
The 2012 recipient of this Prize is: Eberhart Zrenner, MD, Center for Ophthalmology, Institute for Ophthalmic Research, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany. The title of his lecture will be: “Restoring Vision in Patients Blind from Hereditary Retinal Degeneration: Results from a Clinical Trial with Subretinal Electronic Implant Alpha IMS.”
Retina Research Foundation’s Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research
The Council of ISER accepted a proposal from the Retina Research Foundation (RRF), Houston, Texas, to present the Foundation's Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research at ISER's biennial congresses beginning in 1986. Nominees for and recipients of the award are selected by Foundation officials interacting with a committee appointed by the ISER Council.
Founded in 1969, Retina Research Foundation is a publicly supported, tax-exempt charitable organization that conducts an ongoing program of basic vision science research devoted to the retina and retinal diseases.
The Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research was created by the Directors of Retina Research Foundation and endowed by the Trustees of The Kayser Foundation to honor and perpetuate the memory of long-time friend and dedicated benefactor of RRF, Paul Kayser. Through this award both organizations are demonstrating the conviction they shared with Mr. Kayser that blindness caused by retinal disease is a global concern and must be addressed accordingly. It is thus the purpose of this award to foster greater awareness of the need for intensive study of the retina, its role in the visual process, and the retinal diseases that threaten and/or destroy eyesight by recognizing outstanding achievement and sustaining meritorious scientific investigations worldwide.
The Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research is a $50,000 award that comprises a personal honorarium for the recipient(s) and a research grant awarded to his/her/their research institution to support the research for which the award was received. Previous recipients: Shom S. Bhattacharya and Alan F. Wright (1986), Dennis Baylor (1988), Berndt Ehinger and Neville Osborne (1990), Alan M. Laties (1992), Alan C. Bird (1994), Akimichi Kaneko (1996), Anita E. Hendrickson (1998), Debora B. Farber (2000), Dennis M. Dacey (2002), the research consortium composed of: Gregory Ackland, Gustavo Aguirre, Jean Bennett, William Hauswirth, Samuel Jacobson, Albert Maguire (2004), Dean Bok (2006), John E. Dowling (2008) and Frank S. Werblin (2010).
The 2012 recipient of this award is: Robert E. Anderson, MD, PhD, Department of Ophthalmology, Dean McGee Eye Institute; Department of Ophthalmology and Cell Biology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. The title of his lecture will be: "AD Stargardt’s Disease: Biochemical Basis and Therapeutic Approaches.”