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George Rosenwasser, MD, Receives the 2015 R. Townley Paton Award

EBAA presented its 2015 R. Townley Paton Award to George O.D. Rosenwasser, MD, CEBT, on November 13 during the Fall Educational Symposium in Las Vegas, NV. This award is the highest honor for corneal surgeons, presented annually to an ophthalmologist for his/her outstanding contribution to eye banking and EBAA. For more information, click the link below.

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Mohit Parekh Wins "Best Paper" Award of EBAA/Cornea Society Fall Educational Symposium

During the 2015 EBAA/Cornea Society Fall Educational Symposium in Las Vegas, November 13, Mohit Parekh was presented the “Best Paper” Award, sponsored by SightLife. This award is given to recognize the best paper by a resident or corneal fellow. For more information, please click the link below.

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30th Annual Run for Vision Draws Hundreds

EBAA’s 30th annual Run for Vision, held November 15, 2015 at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, was a treat for the over 300 participants, which included ophthalmologists, eye bankers and donor family members. For race results and photos, please click the link below.

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EBAA Joins Utah Lions Eye Bank for its New Facility Opening

Utah Lions Eye Bank has opened a new facility. EBAA Director of Finance Bernie Dellario visited staff and toured the new eye bank September 30-October 1. A collage of the visit can be seen below.

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EBAA Releases New Issue of International Journal of Eye Banking!

The second issue of the International Journal of Eye Banking, EBAA’s online, peer-reviewed publication, is now available. Visit the Journal’s website to view this issue and how to submit papers for the next issue.

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CEO Kevin Corcoran Featured on Non-Profit Leadership Podcast

Kevin was invited to contribute to the “Through the Noise” podcast, and the result was a free-wheeling 30-minute discussion about eye banking and corneal transplantation and the impact they have on both recipients and donor families.

Visit Through the Noise’s website to hear the program.

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EBAA Presents Three Prestigious Awards during Annual Meeting

During its 54th Annual Meeting, June 3-6, EBAA presented its most valued awards to the following individuals who promote cornea donation and work diligently to make sight restoration a reality for thousands of cornea recipients each year.

Jackie Malling, RN, CEBT – 2015 Leonard Heise Awardee
Rev. Arthur Lillicropp – 2015 Gift of Sight Awardee
Ernest Franchell IV and Family – 2015 Crystal Cornea Awardees

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New Members Elected to EBAA Board of Directors

On June 5, during the 54th Annual Meeting, EBAA’s House of Delegates voted the following new members into office on the Board of Directors. These newly-elected board members will begin their tenure on July 1.

At-Large Member – Tony Bavuso, Saving Sight
Large Eye Bank Representative – Michael Tramber, Miracles in Sight
Medium Eye Ban Representative – William Buras, Southern Eye Bank
Small Eye Bank Representative – Jay Lugo, Idaho Lions Eye Bank

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New Logo and Website Displayed at Annual Meeting

EBAA unveiled a new logo at its 2015 Annual Meeting. This was the centerpiece of a rebranding exercise that included a redesign of the association’s website and its internal and external publications. This effort is intended to freshen the association’s look and provide greater flexibility to its communications.

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Larger DSAEK grafts linked to reduced graft failure

The American Academy of Ophthalmologists reported that investigators analyzed the influence of graft size on outcomes in patients who had Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) for Fuchs endothelial dystrophy or pseudophakic bullous keratopathy. Among 131 patients, 8.40% experienced endothelial graft failure: 17.86% with trephine sized grafts <9 mm; 7.69% for 9 mm and 3.84% for 9.5 mm. Graft failure was significantly associated with endothelial cell density (P=0.039) and graft trephine size (P=0.04), suggesting that larger grafts make it possible to transplant a greater number of cells, potentially increasing long-term graft survival. British Journal of Ophthalmology, June 2015

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