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February 7, 2011


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

Emory Eye Center Recipient of Knights Templar Award

Weeks-examThe Emory Eye Center was recently awarded $39,000 by the Georgia Knights Templar Educational Foundation, Inc. The funding will be used to continue important educational and research opportunities that impact the entire state of Georgia. Over the past several years, the Georgia Knights Templar has awarded some $450,000 to the Emory Eye Center. Included in the 2011 awards are the following:

• A new visual testing model in pre- or non-verbal children, a project of pediatric ophthalmologist Amy Hutchinson, MD. The project will take a previously developed, informal functional visual assessment tool, get a better idea of what level of vision that test actually measures, and then try to rework the test into a more formal test of visual acuity that can be used in handicapped, non-verbal, non-English speaking and very young children.

• Support for the Georgia Knights Templar Lecture in Pediatric Ophthalmology , which will be presented on March 4 by Alan Scott, MD, of Smith-Kettlewell Eye Institute, California Pacific Medical Center. His topic will be “Injection procedures for strabismus.”

• Support for the International Pediatric Congenital Cataract Symposium to be held in New York on March 11. Pediatric ophthalmologist Scott Lambert, MD, has coordinated this important event which will discuss healthcare disparities in the treatment of children born with a cataract. Participants from this country and throughout the world will be present.

• Support for the Emory Eye Center Pediatric Fellowship, which will train an ophthalmologist who wishes to specialize in pediatric ophthalmology.

• Support to complete the sound system within the Emory Eye Center’s Cyrus Stoner Learning Resources Center. The space hosts numerous Grand Rounds, Vision Research Seminars, classes and other special conferences throughout the year in both its Calhoun Auditorium and the Learning Resources Center’s main room.

• Continued support for Molecular Vision, the online journal for physicians and research scientists. Emory Eye Center researchers serve as pro-bono editors for this journal, which has gained international respect since it began.

“We are grateful to the Knights Templar for the continued funding of programs and projects at the Emory Eye Center,” says Timothy W. Olsen, director of Emory Eye Center. “Because of The Knights Templar’s generosity, we are better able to fund pilot phase programs as well as supplement critical portions of other larger scale projects. The focus is always on our mission to help people see as well as they can see.”

Knights Templar Eye Foundation

The Knights Templar Eye Foundation was formed in 1956 to provide assistance to those who face loss of sight and to aid ophthalmology research. The foundation is sponsored by the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar.

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