Honors and Awards

Thomas Carlow Distinguished Service Award

The award is given at the discretion of the Executive Board to those who have provided a sustained and substantial service to the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society.  It is named after, and honors, the NANOS Founder, Thomas Carlow, who contributed an immeasurable amount of his time and energy founding and then nurturing NANOS.

2019 Recipient
Nancy J. Newman, MD

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Best Abstract Award

This award recognizes the best poster or platform presentation by a resident or fellow. The awardee receives a certificate and a stipend. In 2004 this program was expanded to recognize medical students, residents and fellows with separate awards.

2021 Recipients

  • James A. Sharpe Award by a Fellow: Wesley Chan, MD, MSc - Acute Central Retinal Artery Occlusion Seen Within 24 hours at a Tertiary Stroke Center
  • Resident: Michael James Gilhooley, MB, PhD, FRCOphth - Ectopic Melanopsin for Visual Restoration: Compressed Cell-Specific Promotors – a Translatable Delivery Mechanism
  • Student: Benjamin I. Meyer, BS - Significance of Incidental Imaging Signs of Intracranial Hypertension with Corresponding Fundus Photography: A Prospective Study

2020 Recipients

  • James A. Sharpe Award by a Fellow: Rahul Sharma, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Prognostic Value of the Neurological Pupil Index in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) Patients: The FOTO-ICU Study  
  • Resident: Jenny Hepschke, MBBS, BSc(MED), PhD - Is Visual Snow a thalamo-cortical dysrhythmia of the visual processing system – a magnetoencephalogram study
  • Student: Elizabeth Saionz, PhD - Time is vision: early training enhances vision restoration after occipital stroke

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The Thomas and Susan Carlow Young Investigator Award

This award was established to encourage and recognize basic or clinical research in neuro-ophthalmology by a NANOS candidate or active member. The originality, scientific merit and neuro-ophthalmic interest of a developing investigator’s total body of work combined with a representative new research manuscript will be considered as criteria to determine the award recipient. The award is selected by the Research Committee during the Annual Meeting and need not be given annually. It is not open to NANOS Fellows.

2021 Recipient
Eric Gaier, MD, PhD - “Digital Therapeutic Improves Visual Acuity and Encourages High Adherence in Amblyopic Children

2020 Recipient
Ahmara G. Ross, MD, PhD -  “Development of a Retinal Ganglion Cell Specific Gene Therapy Using SIRT1 Signaling”

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William F. Hoyt Lecture at the AAO Annual Meeting

2019 Recipient
John L. Keltner, MD - “CAR – Unexplained Vision Loss"

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Best Frank B. Walsh Session Paper Presentation by a Fellow

2021 Recipient
Olwen C. Murphy, MBBCh, MRCPI - Oh My GAD!! Something Else?

2020 Recipient
Tatiana Deveney, MD - Look in the Back

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Fight for Sight/NANOS Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

2020 Recipient (presented at the NANOS 2020 Annual Meeting; 2019 FFS/NANOS Award)
Siwei Zhou, MD -  Vascular Tortuosity at the Optic Nerve Head as a Surrogate Measure for Intracranial Pressure in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Using Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography and Optos Optic Nerve Imaging

2019 Recipient (presented at the NANOS 2020 Annual Meeting; 2018 FFS/NANOS Award)
Yosbelkys Martin Paez, MD -  Cognitive and Neurological Screening of Controls in an Age-Related Macular Degeneration Registry

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Pilot Research Grant

2021 Recipient
Lindsey De Lott, MD, MS - “Early deep phenotyping of optic neuritis to inform medical decision making”

2020 Recipient
Michael Dattilo, MD, PhD - “Tree shrew retinal venous pulsations: Toward a system to non-invasively measure intracranial pressure”

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NANOS Dedication Award

2011 Recipient
Thomas J. Carlow, MD

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NANOS Merit Award

The NANOS Merit Award recognizes NANOS members who have made extraordinary contributions of time, energy, and resources to NANOS for the betterment of the organization.

2021 Recipients
Sophia Chung, MD

2020 Recipients
Kevin E. Lai, MD
Kimberly M. Winges, MD

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Daniel M. Jacobson Memorial Lecture

2020 Recipient
Steven Galetta, MD - Optic Neuritis: Past, Present and Future

2019 Recipient
Nancy J. Newman, MD - Leber hereditary optic neuropathy: from bedside to bench to bedside

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J. Lawton Smith Award

2021 Recipients
Lasse Malmqvist, MD, PhD - "Progression Over 5 Years of Prelaminar Hyperreflective Lines to Optic Disc Drusen in the Copenhagen Child Cohort 2000 Eye Study"

Siwei Zhou, MD - "Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein Antibody-Associated Optic Neuritis and Myelitis in COVID-19"

2020 Recipient
Melinda Chang, MD for her article with John Keltner - “Risk factors for fellow eye involvement in non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION)”

2019 Recipient
Hong Jiang, MD for her paper "Altered Macular Microvasculature in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer Disease"

NANOS WIN Leadership Grant

2021 Recipient
Jane Bailey, MD

2020 Recipient
Sangeeta Khanna, MD

2019 Recipient
Barbara Yates, MD

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