CNIB awards Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati with 2014 Chanchlani Global Vision Research Award

 Dr. Jayakrisha Ambati receives his award from Dr. Sherif El-Defrawy and Dr. Keith Gordon

On Thursday, February 26, 2015 CNIB presented Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati with the 2014 Chanchlani Global Vision Research Award at the University of Toronto. 

CNIB’s vice president of research, Dr. Keith Gordon, visited Dr. Ambati during the rounds at University of Toronto to present him with the award. The award presentation was followed by a private dinner where a cheque for $25,000 was presented to Dr. Ambati for his findings pertaining to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). 

 Dr. Ambati has made many seminal discoveries that contribute to our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of AMD, a condition which affects over a million Canadians. He has also helped contribute to our fundamental understanding of physiology and disease in the retina and in the cornea.His research has also contributed to, the development of novel therapeutics to prevent and treat AMD. Dr Ambati’s research has been published in many of the world’s premier scientific journals and has been hailed in articles in both Nature and Science. 

“AMD is one of the most common eye conditions causing vision loss, and Dr. Ambati’s research represents extremely important and original contributions to the field. We’re honoured to present him with this award,” said Keith Gordon, Vice-President, Research, CNIB. 

The CNIB Chanchlani Global Vision Research Award was established by Vasu and Jayshree Chanchlani in collaboration with the Toronto Netralya Lions Club and the Toronto Doctors Lions Club to support the best research in the field of vision science and rehabilitation, worldwide. Valued at $25,000, the award reinforces CNIB’s dedication to promote vital, world-class research to explore the causes of blindness and vision loss, potential cures, treatments and prevention. 

About CNIB

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About the Chanchlani Global Vision Research Award

The CNIB Chanchlani Global Vision Research Award was established in 2011 with the goal of encouraging world researchers in the area of vision science and vision rehabilitation. The award is consistent with the goals of CNIB of conducting and funding world-class research to reduce the impact of sight loss in people’s lives. The award is given to vision scientists anywhere in the world who have made a major original contribution to the fields of vision science or vision rehabilitation.


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