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Rewarding strides in cataract research

Richard T. Mathias, PhD, Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been named the 2017 Kinoshita Lecturer by the National Foundation for Eye Research (NFER).

This prestigious international award was established in 1989 to honor Dr. Jin H. Kinoshita for his outstanding contributions to vision research. The award is given for meritorious research that contributes to the understanding of the etiology and prevention of cataract development.

Dr. Mathias will present a special lecture on his work in December 2017 at the biennial International Conference on the Lens research meeting in Hawaii. He will also receive an honorarium of $15,000 and a commemorative plaque.

NFER is a non-profit organization founded in 1949, which encourages research, supports fellowships for young scientists, and sponsors national and international meetings and workshops to find the cause, and to develop a non-surgical treatment for cataracts.

In the course of a 40-year career that has been continuously funded by the National Eye Institute of the NIH, Dr. Mathias has made substantial contributions to our understanding of the normal physiological properties of the lens that are compromised in the process of cataract development. He has produced a comprehensive model of how the numerous transport systems of the lens are integrated to generate the lens circulation, which plays a critical role in lens homeostasis, and is compromised in both genetic and age related forms of cataract.