13 Doctors and Researchers Awarded Greenberg Prize to End Blindness

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NEW YORK—Thirteen doctors and researchers have been awarded the Sanford and Sue Greenberg Prize to End Blindness, National Geographic Reports. The 13 winners will split the prize of $3 million in gold. The goal of the award, which was established in 2012, is to eliminate blindness. Greenberg started the contest after losing his sight in 1961, as a 20-year-old, due to misdiagnosed glaucoma. This year’s winners will be honored in a virtual ceremony, streaming online Monday, December 14 at 7:00 P.M. Eastern. The ceremony will feature appearances from Art Garfunkel, Margaret Atwood, Al Gore, Sen. Chris Coons, Michael Bloomberg and Diane Schuur. There will also be a tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was a longtime supporter of the End Blindness movement.

This year’s winners are:

Outstanding Achievement Recipients:

• Ravindran Ravilla, Aravind Eye Care System
• G.N. Rao, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute
• Jean Bennett, Center for Advanced Retinal and Ocular Therapeutics, Department of Ophthalmology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
• Gustavo Aguirre, Division of Experimental Retinal Therapies, Department of Clinical Sciences & Advanced Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
• William Hauswirth, Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Florida
• Albert Maguire, Center for Advanced Retinal and Ocular Therapeutics, Department of Ophthalmology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Visionary Award Recipients:

• James Fujimoto, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• David Huang, Casey Eye Institute and Department of Ophthalmology, Oregon Health and Science University
• Eric Swanson, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Zhigang He, Boston Children’s Hospital F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center
• Simon John, Jackson Laboratory, Department of Ophthalmology, Columbia University
• Botond Roska, Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology, Basel
• Masayo Takahashi, RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research; Vision Care, Inc. as part of Kobe Eye Center