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Dec. 12, 2006 -- No. 597

Wright receives achievement award
from American Academy of Ophthalmology

Dr. John D. Wright Jr., associate professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, has received the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The award recognizes Wright's contributions to the academy.

To receive this award, an ophthalmologist must have made contributions to the profession through educating others, as well as serving in leadership roles. Contributions include serving as an instructor, authoring scientific papers and posters, presenting scientific exhibits, chairing a subspecialty day and serving as a committee member, state society presidents, trustees and authoring or co-authoring academy educational materials.

The award was presented in November during the academy's 2006 joint meeting in Las Vegas. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons.

Wright is a pediatric ophthalmologist and ophthalmic pathologist. He has a special interest in strabismus, amblyopia and eye tumors in children and adults. He has been a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty since 2002.

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UNC-Chapel Hill postdoc
part of R&D 100 research team

Dr. Christopher Parham, a UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine postdoctoral fellow, was part of a Brookhaven National Laboratory team awarded a 2006 R&D 100 Award. Parham works in the laboratory of Dr. Etta Pisano, vice dean for academic affairs in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Kenan Professor of radiology and biomedical engineering.

The Brookhaven team developed the first device able to focus a large spread of high-energy X-rays. Parham's research at Carolina focuses on developing a new clinical imaging system for breast imaging called diffraction enhanced imaging. The Brookhaven X-ray research was conducted in parallel to his imaging studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

R&D 100 awards are given annually by R&D Magazine for the top 100 technological achievements of the year and recognize practical applications of science.

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