The JDRF has awarded Lloyd Paul Aiello, M.D., Ph.D., the 2017 JDRF Mary Tyler Moore and S. Robert Levine Excellence in Clinical Research Award. The announcement was made during the JDRF One Conference in Chicago, Ill.
Dr. Aiello is Director of the Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center, and Professor of Ophthalmology and Vice Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.
This award is named in honor of JDRF chairman, the late Mary Tyler Moore, who had type 1 diabetes for over 40 years, and her husband, S. Robert Levine, M.D. It is given to recognize outstanding clinical and translational type 1 diabetes research.
Dr. Lloyd Paul Aiello was the inaugural chair of the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network and focuses his clinical and research interests on eliminating vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy and other related retinopathies.
His research aims to determine the underlying biochemistry and molecular mechanisms of these diseases, then develop and test novel therapeutic interventions through rigorous translational and clinical trial research.