July 27, 2007

Investigator’s vision research lands award

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Min Chang, M.D., has received a young investigator award for his vision research. (photo by Anne Rayner)

Min Chang, M.D., assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, has received the Robert E. McCormick Scholar Award from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB).

The $55,000 award is part of RPB's Special Scholar program, designed to support outstanding young scientists who are conducting research of unusual significance and promise into the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding diseases.

“Min is very creative in the way he approaches his research,” said John Penn, Ph.D., vice-chair of Ophthalmology and director of research for the Vanderbilt Eye Institute. “His work relates to a fundamental aspect of epithelial cell biology, and he has applied his effort to all of the epithelial cells of the eye — from the cornea in the front of the eye to the retina in the back. Accordingly, the implications of his findings have proven important for a wide variety of eye diseases.”