Henry F. Edelhauser, PhD, received the Proctor Medal and delivered the Proctor Lecture at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on May 2. Dr. Edelhauser, the director of research for Emory Eye Center, was presented with ARVO's highest honor for his groundbreaking work on the physiology of the corneal endothelium and for "elegant translational research from basic science to clinical applications."
His lecture focused on the fine balance the eye maintains between corneal transparency and edema. He has described the factors that affect the corneal endothelial cells, which maintain corneal transparency, and those substances that contribute to the breakdown of the cells that lead to loss of corneal transparency.
Upon receiving the high honor, Dr. Edelhauser said, "I'm truly humbled to be so honored by my peers. In accepting an award of this sort no man stands alone, with him are all of his teachers and all of his graduate students, fellows, and co-workers. The Proctor Medal is the highest kudo any ophthalmic researcher can receive because it is awarded by men and women whom I respect beyond all others."
"We are thrilled that Henry Edelhauser has been recognized for the fine work he does," said Thomas M. Aaberg, Sr., director of Emory Eye Center. "He is a consummate scientist, and we are fortunate to have him leading our ongoing research at Emory Eye Center."
Dr. Edelhauser received his PhD in physiology from Michigan State University and joined the Department of Physiology and Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin as an assistant professor in 1966, becoming a full professor in 1975. In 1989, Dr. Edelhaser became the Ferst Professor and director of Ophthalmic Research at Emory Eye Center. His research interests, in addition to corneal endothelial physiology, include ocular drug delivery, surgical pharmacology and toxicology. His research has bridged the gap between the laboratory and the clinic, and he has been involved in developing intraocular irrigating solutions (BSS Plus) for phacoemulsification and vitrectomy.
He served as president of the ARVO in 1991. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, and he has been the recipient of research grants from the National Eye Institute. Dr. Edelhauser has received numerous awards, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor and Senior Achievement Awards in 1988 and 2000, respectively, the Castroviejo Medal in 1999, and the Alcon Research Award in 1999.
The Proctor Medal has been awarded in past years to researchers from Germany, Canada, and the United States (University of Washington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Schepens Eye Institute in Boston), to name just a few.
He resides in Dunwoody (30350) with his wife Barbara.