ARVO is honoring Gullapalli N. Rao, MD, of LV Prasad Eye Institute with the 2011 Kupfer Award for his outstanding accomplishments as a researcher, ophthalmologist and humanitarian. He is the former president of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness, an organization founded by Carl Kupfer, MD, for whom the award is named, and is committed to moving forward with the agenda to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.
The Kupfer Award was first presented in 1993 to Carl Kupfer, MD, who served as Director of the National Eye Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health, for 30 years. This award is honors those who have demonstrated distinguished public service on behalf of eye and vision research.
The Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO) is the largest eye and vision research organization in the world. Members include more than 12,500 eye and vision researchers from over 80 countries. ARVO encourages and assists research, training, publication and knowledge-sharing in vision and ophthalmology.