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Mass. Eye and Ear receives NEI grant renewal for 'growing' clinical/scientists
Date:5/10/2010

Boston (May 10, 2010) - The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology, has been awarded a grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute (NEI), to recruit, train and support first-rate clinician scientists to promote translational and clinical research into cures for eye disease.

The NEI renewed a five-year K12 grant to Mass. Eye and Ear (representing the HMS Department of Ophthalmology) this week to fund the Harvard Vision Clinical Scientist Development Program. This program provides financial support, protected research time, mentorship and didactic training to a select group of research-oriented junior clinician-scientists who have recently completed their fellowship programs.

In exchange for considerable salary and development support, candidates are required to spend at least 75% of their efforts on research and development, including potentially receipt of advanced degrees. The Harvard Vision Clinical Scientist Research Program is directed by Reza Dana, M.D. (Professor, Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Mass Eye and Ear Cornea Service) administered by Mass. Eye and Ear (on behalf of all the different components/academic units of Harvard Ophthalmology), and guided by a Program Advisory Committee comprised of faculty from the ophthalmology divisions at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and other Harvard institutions, including the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

"This program allows us to leverage the considerable strengths we have at our many Harvard Institutions (namely our faculty, research and teaching programs) to offer a unique mentored learning and career development program to trainees," said Dr. Miller, Chief of Ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear and Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. "This mechanism helps us to identify, recruit and train the best and brightest junior faculty who will become produ
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Contact: Mary Leach
Mary_Leach@meei.harvard.edu
617-573-4170
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
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