Curcio honored for macular degeneration research

Christine A. Curcio, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at UAB, was awarded the Prix Soubrane de la Recherche en Ophtalmologie for her work on retinal aging and age-related macular degeneration at the sixth annual Macula of Paris Congress held Jan. 14, 2011, in France. The prize, a limited edition bronze medal, was given to Curcio by Gisèle Soubrane, M.D., Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology and chair emeritus at the University of Paris East-Creteil. Curcio's collaborative work with Northwestern University and other UAB investigators developed a natural history and biochemical model for the cholesterol deposition occurring behind the retina throughout adulthood, contributing to the principal AMD lesions.

Curcio is a permanent member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Eye Institute. In 2002, she became the first recipient of the Roger Johnson Prize for Macular Degeneration Research and a Gold Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in 2010. Curcio has been at UAB since 1990.