RANZCO Fellow Jonathan Crowston has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Dr. David Epstein Award by the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research in recognition for his research in glaucoma.
The award, a US$100,000 prize, was established by the late Dr. Epstein’s family to honour his commitment to the scientific understanding and cure of glaucoma. Dr. Epstein is widely considered to be one of the most influential leaders in the world of glaucoma and glaucoma research over the past 30 years. He died in March 2014.
Professor. Crowston will receive the award at the ARVO 2016 Annual Meeting in Seattle, which takes place from 1–5 May.
Professor Crowston is the Ringland Anderson Professor of Ophthalmology and Managing Director of Centre for Eye research Australia (CERA). He is a director on the CERA Board, CERA Technologies, and CT Operations. He is also a director on the Vision CRC Board, ORIA Board and the World Glaucoma Association Board of Governors.
Professor Crowston’s current research interests are focused around ageing and neuroprotection of the optic nerve, in particular the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in optic nerve vulnerability to injury. He has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia), Australian Research Council and the Wellcome Trust (UK) and has published over 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts and co-authored three books.