Spring 2014

A Year of Distinction

Johanna Seddon honored by her alma mater and her colleagues in ophthalmology

EyeCenterEvent_015.JPGJohanna Seddon, professor of ophthalmology and director of the Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Genetics Service at Tufts Medical Center, received the 2013 Distinguished Fellow Award from the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her M.D., and the 2013 Philip S. Hench Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Pittsburgh School of Medicine Alumni Association, the highest honor that organization bestows on one of its approximately 7,000 members for outstanding achievements.

The recognition did not stop there. Last summer, Seddon received the Women in Ophthalmology (WIO) award for her leadership in the field and for her contributions as an educator and researcher during the WIO’s annual meeting in Snowmass, Colo. While at the conference, Seddon presented a talk on “Understanding the Mechanisms and Etiology of Macular Degeneration—Genetics and Modifiable Factors.”

In November, she and her research team published their discoveries of novel rare genetic variants related to macular degeneration in Nature Genetics. To date, her team has found half of the known genes related to this vision-threatening disorder, and their discoveries of modifiable risk factors have changed the management of the disease worldwide.

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