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  • Wrapped in Gratitude: Caring for Donor Families

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 12/08/2016

    Learn more about aftercare programs that are currently in place at eye banks around the country!

    Eye banks hold donors and donor families in the highest regard.  In this webinar, attendees hear about some of the aftercare programs that are currently in place at eye banks around the country.  Attendees learn how to foster relationships with donor families by establishing supportive services to ensure positive outcomes for families and corneal donation. Watch the webinar to learn about how other organizations are caring for their donor families after donation!

    Length of Recording: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1


    Rebekka McCollom

    Hospital & Community Relations Coordinator, KeraLink


    Rebekka McCollom has worked passionately in the community of organ, eye and tissue donation for over 10 years. As a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Public Relations, she began working for Life Alliance Organ Procurement Organization in 2015. Rebekka has served on several committees within Donate Life Florida and AOPO before moving to Orlando, FL. She became part of the Donor Development team with the local Blood bank where she worked for 5.5 years increasing blood donations throughout Central Florida.  Rebekka has been in my position as a Hospital & Community Relations Coordinator with KeraLink for over 2.5 years.

    Debbie May-Johnson

    Eversight

    Rebecca Grossman

    Family Services Manager, SightLife

  • Writing Stronger Research Grant Proposals & Scientific Abstracts

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 10/26/2016

    Learn more about how to write a strong and impactful grant proposal or scientific abstract.

    Eye bankers are becoming more involved in research and are seeking financial support for that research or submitting their findings as scientific abstracts for presentation at a variety of scientific meetings. Writing a strong and impactful grant proposal or scientific abstract can be the difference of having a project receiving funding or being presented at a national meeting and never having the chance to complete or present a study. During this presentation, Dr. Dupps provides tips and tools for writing strong grant proposals and scientific abstracts, while Dr. Woodward gives information and guidance regarding the EBAA Richard Lindstrom Research Grant application process, and Dr. Jeng provides updates and tips regarding the abstract submission processes for the EBAA Scientific Symposium and Fall Educational Symposium. Purchase the recording today to learn how you can strengthen your grant proposal and abstract writing skills!

    Length of Recording: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1


    William J. (BJ) Dupps, Jr., MD, PhD

    Ophthalmologist, Cole Eye Institute


    William J. (BJ) Dupps, Jr., MD, PhD is a native of Catawba Island, Ohio. After studying Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, he earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering and an M.D. (Alpha Omega Alpha) as a Medical Scientist Training Program fellow at the Ohio State University. After an internship in Indianapolis, Dr. Dupps completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa and was the inaugural fellow in a two-year Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute. 

    Dr. Dupps joined the Cole Eye Institute in 2006 with joint appointments in Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering and Transplantation. He has academic appointments in engineering at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University. His clinical interests include refractive surgery, intraoperative imaging in corneal transplantation, and predictive models for disease risk and treatment response in corneal ectasia. Dr. Dupps founded the Ocular Biomechanics and Imaging Laboratory, where he leads a team exploring the biomechanics of refractive surgery and corneal ectasia and developing engineering approaches to optimizing corneal therapy through biomechanical measurement and computational modeling. His work has been supported by NIH KL2 and R01 Bioengineering Research Grant awards, the National Keratoconus Foundation, an Ohio Third Frontier Innovation Platform Award and philanthropic gifts. 

    His honors include a Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award, an American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Achievement Award, the Kritzinger Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery/AAO, and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Ohio State University College of Engineering. Dr. Dupps was accepted to membership in the American Ophthalmological Society in 2016. He is an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology, is Vice-Chair of the AAO Practicing Ophthalmologist Curriculum Committee, and recently completed his term on the AAO Regulatory, Research and External Affairs Committee. Dr. Dupps has been Associate Editor for the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery since 2007. He is also an Associate Editor for Translational Visual Science and Technology and an Executive Editor at Experimental Eye Research. He has published 96 journal articles, 22 book chapters, and has delivered over 130 invited presentations. He has contributed to several patents and received the Cleveland Clinic’s first Early Career Innovation Award in 2009 for founding OptoQuest, a technology spinoff company. 
    He has been married to Gretchen, a volunteer with the American Medical Association Alliance, for 24 years, and they have 3 children: Alexandra, Christian and Adrianne. They live along Lake Erie where Dr. Dupps enjoys kayaking, reading, and playing guitar.

    Bennie H. Jeng, MD

    Associate Medical Director, SightLife


    Bennie H. Jeng, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Jeng is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and he completed his residency training and chief residency at the Cole Eye Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, followed by a fellowship in cornea and external diseases at the Proctor Foundation/University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He was on the faculty at the Cole Eye Institute and then UCSF prior to his current position. Dr. Jeng was a past participant of the EBAA Physician Leadership Program, as well as a past member of the Board of Directors. He is currently the Chair of the Scientific Programs Committee and also serves on various EBAA committees including the Medical Advisory Board, Accreditation Board, and Research Committee.  Dr. Jeng is an Associate Medical Director of SightLife.

    Maria Woodward, MD

    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Michigan


    Maria Woodward, MD, is a board-certified corneal specialist and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University of Michigan. She is passionate about the gift of sight provided by deceased persons to patients requiring corneal transplantation. Her research seeks to improve eye banking tissue processes, highlighted threats to tissue supply, and established clinical correlations of tissue characteristics and patient outcomes. Since 201, Dr. Woodward has served on the Research committee for the Eye Bank Association of America and as chair from 2016-2018 and is a past participant of the Physician Leadership Program. She serves on the research committee and medical advisory board for Eversight.