Daniel T. Organisciak, Ph.D., has been named a 2009 Gold Fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). A professor and former chair of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Organisciak also directs the school's Petticrew Research Laboratory, which was established in 1995 in honor of Stanley and Mary Petticrew of Springfield, Ohio. Research at the laboratory focuses on the role of environmental light in vision disorders.
ARVO selected Organisciak for the honor based on his accomplishments as a researcher and scientist, in addition to his leadership and activities within the association. He was inducted at the 2009 ARVO annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in May.
The ARVO Fellow designation was created to recognize longstanding members with an extensive record of research and service. Fellows are encouraged to serve as role models and mentors and to advance the association's mission to promote vision research and prevent and cure of disorders of the visual system. Organisciak joined 71 other ARVO members from around the world in being selected as an inaugural Gold Fellow.
In 2008, ARVO also presented Organisciak with a Distinguished Service Award for his contributions as trustee and vice president for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology membership section.
Founded in 1928, ARVO is an international organization whose membership includes some 12,500 clinical and basic scientists in more than 70 countries. The association's mission to encourage and assist research, training, publication and dissemination of knowledge in vision and ophthalmology.
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