Dr. Fuensanta A. Vera-Diaz, assistant professor of optometry at the New England College of Optometry (NECO), was recently named recipient of the 2017 Academy Career Development Award from the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).
Dr. Vera-Diaz was reportedly selected from a pool of applicants by an Academy committee based on the potential for growth and future major extramural funding. The funding will help her support her hypothesis-based, yet clinically-focused research that emphasizes optometric procedures and therapies related to prevent and treat refractive error and amblyopia.
Through the award, AAO will provide a maximum of $50,000 in direct costs per year for up to two years, potentially renewable once for a total of up to four years of funding. And NECO will reportedly provide matching funds, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000 per year for each year of funding.
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Source: American Academy of Optometry