Cynthia Owsley, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for clinical research in the Department of Ophthalmology at UAB, has been elected to the Prevent Blindness America Board of Directors. Prevent Blindness America is the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization.
Owsley, who holds the Nathan E. Miles chair in ophthalmology, is an award-winning researcher, published author and consultant on vision health issues. Her focus as a PBA board member is to facilitate a scientific evidence-based approach in the development of eye care policies. Owsley recently served on Prevent Blindness America’s Research Review Committee and is the incoming chair of the Prevent Blindness America Scientific Advisory Committee.
She is the director of the Clinical Research Unit in the UAB Department of Ophthalmology and also serves as co-director of the Center for Research on Applied Gerontology at UAB. Her research program focuses on aging-related eye disease and vision impairment and is funded by a number of organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, Research to Prevent Blindness, EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, Prevent Blindness America and General Motors Corporation.