Thomas Ach, M.D., Awarded First Prize at German Ophthalmology Meeting
- Created on October 09, 2013
Dr. Ach’s research was a microscopic examination of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), cells in the eye considered central to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of vision loss in the elderly worldwide. His poster showed that these cells remarkably maintain their total population even while accumulating a fluorescent age-pigment called lipofuscin. These results are important both for evaluating the role of this intracellular age pigment in AMD and validating the use of autofluorescence for imaging RPE health in patients.
This work was supported by the National Eye Institute and the German Research Foundation and was done in collaboration with investigators in the UAB Department of Computer and Information Science, the Schepens Eye Research Institute (Boston), and New York University Langone Medical Center.