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Laura Goldberg, OD ‘16, Receives Travel Grant to attend AOA meeting in Denver

Laura Goldberg.

Third year student chosen to receive the Elmer H. Eger Memorial Student Travel Fellowship

Third year student Laura Ann Goldberg, OD ‘16 has been selected to receive the Elmer H. Eger Memorial Student Travel Fellowship Award. This $750 award helps cover travel expenses to attend Academy 2014 in Denver.

This scholarship is part of the Academy’s effort to encourage students to actively participate in the exchange of ideas with young investigators interested in optometric science. At the conference, Ms. Goldberg will present her work on the role of atropine in color and luminance emmetropization mechanisms.

Discussing her research, Ms. Goldberg explains, “Control of myopia progression is an important topic in today‚Äôs vision research field. Atropine, a muscarinic antagonist, has been used for a considerable time in clinical treatments to slow myopia progression in children. However, the molecular control factors of these pathways are still not well understood. The question we are trying to answer is whether color and luminance pathways for emmetropization (focusing) are influenced by different effector molecules including atropine. An understanding of the molecular substrates for color and luminance emmetropization mechanisms will help reveal the biochemical pathways and further the potential for molecular control of myopia. We hope that our work may ultimately lead to a more effective treatment of myopia progression.”

Laura Goldberg and other student researchers with Dr. Frances Rucker Rucker Lab Group