American Academy of Optometry Announces Dr. Stacey S. Choi as 2018 Career Development Awardee

The American Academy of Optometry is pleased to announce Stacey S. Choi, PhD, as the 2018 Academy Career Development Award recipient. The Academy will provide a maximum of $50,000 in direct costs per year for up to two years, potentially renewable once for a total of up to four years of funding. The Ohio State University will provide matching funds, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000 per year for each year of funding.

Dr. Choi, an assistant professor in The Ohio State University College of Optometry, was selected from a pool of applicants by an Academy committee based on her potential for growth and future major extramural funding. The funding will help support her research focused on cellular level structural changes in the retina associated with the onset and progression of myopia through ultrahigh resolution in vivo imaging of individual photoreceptors (PR) and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells extending out to the mid periphery in children.

 

The Career Development Award is designed for optometric educators and/or scientists involved in vision research as long as the case can be made for the potential to acquire future extramural funding. Preference is for innovative, original, independent, Principal Investigator driven projects. It has been recognized for some time that young investigators, including optometric investigators, take many years after the inception of their careers before successfully acquiring Federal research funding. In fact, the mean age of first time National Institutes of Health (NIH) grantees is over 40 years of age. In an effort to positively influence and reduce the age at which early stage optometric researchers attain large scale federal support, the Academy launched the Career Development Award.

 

“It is a great honor to receive the American Academy of Optometry Scientific Research Career Development Award. The award will allow me to use the latest retinal imaging technology to address some of the fundamental, unanswered, research questions in the area of the regulation of eye growth, especially relating to myopia, and also to make a meaningful contribution to currently available treatment strategies,” Dr. Choi said in a statement.

 

Her primary research interest ranges from the clinical application of adaptive optics (AO) to high resolution retinal imaging and psychophysics. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Choi’s research has focused on studying various retinal and optic nerve diseases as well as understanding retinal physiology and function in both normal and diseased retinas using AO retinal imaging systems and clinical functional tests such as multifocal electroretinogram (mfERG) and visual field (VF) analyzer.