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                                                                                                                                                                                            Laura Schwartz

                                                                                                                                                                   Phone:800-301-2020 ext. 112





Features projects from some of Ohio’s most talented young scientists


Columbus, OH (October 24, 2012) –A Vision Research Scientific Forum featuring presentations from recipients of  Prevent Blindness Ohio’s Young Investigator Student Fellowship Awards for Female Scholars in Vision Research will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at The Columbus Foundation, 1234 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205. Registration opens at 12:30 pm and the program begins at 1:00 p.m. The Scientific Forum is co-sponsored by Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership and Prevent Blindness Ohio and is open and free to the public.


Stephanie A. Hagstrom, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic will speak about “Bringing Research from the Lab Bench to the Public: A Challenge to Women in Science.”


Student fellow presentations will be given by:

Keerthana Bolisetty, from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, is investigating whether a non-invasive ocular measurement can be used to monitor changes in intracranial pressure. Her findings may lead to exploration of how clinicians can use this measurement in following the efficacy of treatment in idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) patients. This non-invasive measurement could save vision by allowing earlier evaluation and management of ineffective treatments.


Puneet Sodhi, from The Ohio State University College of Optometry, is conducting research which has the potential to contribute to the development of novel pupil testing strategies that could impact the ability to detect glaucoma in initial stages of this progressive disease thus providing the opportunity for earlier treatment. Glaucoma often known as the “sneak thief of sight” is a leading cause of blindness.


To register for the Forum, contact Laura Schwartz at 614-464-2020 ext. 112 or e-mail

The Prevent Blindness Ohio Female Fellowship Award provides training support for future generations of outstanding female scientists committed to pursuing biomedical, behavioral or clinical research careers relevant to the mission of Prevent Blindness Ohio – to prevent blindness and preserve sight. To apply for the 2013 Young Investigator Student Fellowship Awards for Female Scholars in Vision Research, log on to: Applications are due February 15, 2013.


The Award Program is supported by a grant from The Reinberger Foundation and The Sarah E. Slack Prevention of Blindness Fund Muskingum County Community Foundation.


About Prevent Blindness Ohio

Prevent Blindness Ohio, founded in 1957, is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. Prevent Blindness Ohio is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the country’s second-oldest national voluntary health organization. For more information or to make a donation call 800-301-2020 or visit us on the web at



Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership

Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership (AEPPP) is a statewide collaboration that addresses the growth of aging eye challenges in Ohio. The mission of the AEPPP, an initiative supported by the Ohio Department of Aging, is to develop a strategic plan of action to address issues relating to vision care public policy, vision care services, vision education, and vision research that impact the quality of life for Ohio's seniors now and in the future.