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February 19, 2013

Nickerson receives top ARVO award

Media contact:  Joy Bell, 404-778-3711, jbell@emory.edu

John M. Nickerson, PhD (ATLANTA) The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) has announced this year's class of distinguished Fellows. Eye Center faculty member and researcher John M. Nickerson, PhD, has been awarded the prestigious Gold Fellow status by ARVO, the premier vision research organization in the world.

By accepting this honor as a Fellow, ARVO states that "Fellows will continue to serve as role models and mentors for individuals pursuing careers in vision and ophthalmology research and to further ARVO's vision … to facilitate the advancement of vision research and the prevention and cure of disorders of the visual system worldwide." Nickerson was tapped an ARVO Silver Fellow in 2009, having served on several ARVO committees and in leadership roles over the years. In 2013 he served as the ARVO Awards Committee chair.

Nickerson joined Emory Eye Center in 1991. He currently serves as professor and is vice director of Research. His interests are in retinal degenerative diseases and the genetics behind them. He studies pharmacological and gene therapy approaches to slowing or preventing these degenerations.

Nickerson received his bachelors degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, master’s degree at Michigan State University, PhD at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  He served as a senior fellow and a biologist at the NIH.

 “It is a great honor to be mentioned in the same breath with an elite group of other Gold Fellows from the Ophthalmology Department, including past presidents of ARVO, Hank Edelhauser and Jeff Boatright, and our Ophthalmology department chair, Tim Olsen,” says Nickerson.

Dr. Nickerson has contributed immensely to the academic research community,” says Timothy W. Olsen, director, Emory Eye Center.  “We’re very proud that John has been selected joined this elite group of vision scientists.”

Nickerson has received extramural funding for his research since the mid-1980s. He has received research funding from the National Eye Institute (NIH), the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Fight for Sight, the Knights Templar of Georgia, and Research to Prevent Blindness, among others.

Nickerson is a founding and current editor-in-chief of Molecular Vision, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the dissemination of research results in molecular biology, cell biology and the genetics of the visual system. The journal is rated in the top five of a field of 32 competing journals and is routinely used as an open access exemplar by the National Library of Medicine and The National Institutes of Health Library.

He serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Ocular Biology, Diseases, and Informatics and Clinical Optometry.  He is active on numerous national and international committees and has served institutionally as well, at Emory on the University’s Library Policy Committee. He is a prolific manuscript reviewer for numerous scientific publications.

A sought-after lecturer and visiting professor, Nickerson has been an invited speaker to universities across the United States as well as to international conferences. He has published more than 80 research articles, and numerous book chapters and abstracts.

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