For the first time, a specialist from Latin America received the distinction in the Gold category of the ARVO Fellow awards. This is the recognition given annually by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO, for its acronym in English). The winner was Dr. Juan Gallo, who works as a Conicet researcher and directs the Translational Medicine Research Institute.
Composed of members from seventy-five countries, ARVO is the world’s largest vision and ophthalmology research organization. Its mission is to promote research in the knowledge of the visual system in order to prevent, treat and cure its alterations. It was founded in 1928 by 73 eye doctors and today it has more than 10,000 members from all over the planet.
The ARVO Fellow title is an honor created to recognize ARVO members for their individual leadership achievements and contributions to the association. “ARVO Fellows serve as role models and mentors for individuals who bet their careers to excel in Vision and Ophthalmology research and help further ARVO’s mission,” the association maintains.