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Second Russ Prize lecture to welcome renowned interdisciplinary eye expert

Anna Hartenbach and Colleen Carow | Mar 19, 2018

Second Russ Prize lecture to welcome renowned interdisciplinary eye expert

Anna Hartenbach and Colleen Carow | Mar 19, 2018

The Russ College of Engineering and Technology will welcome biomedical engineer and ophthalmologist David Huang, one of five 2017 recipients of the National Academy of Engineering’s Russ Prize, for a special lecture on Thurs., March 29, from 2-3 p.m., in Irvine 199. A reception will follow from 3-3:30 p.m.

Following co-recipient Eric Swanson’s February lecture on the 2017 prize, Huang, who is Peterson Professor of Ophthalmology and a professor of biomedical engineering at the Oregon Health and Science University, will discuss “Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT): From Innovative Idea to Indispensable Tool.” Huang, along with Swanson and three other recipients, received the prize for developing OCT.

One of the most widely used technologies for imaging in the human eye, OCT is an essential tool for the treatment of blinding diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, helping diagnose millions of patients with eye disease at early treatable stages, before irreversible loss of vision occurs.

Huang, who will discuss OCT’s uses, is known for his clinical applications of laser and optical technology to eye diseases. He has contributed to the development of polarization-sensitive-OCT, swept-source-OCT, anterior eye OCT, and OCT angiography technologies. With these technologies, he pioneered new applications in anterior eye diseases, glaucoma, and retinal diseases. He has been issued 19 patents and 18 pending in the areas of OCT, OCT angiography, mobile health testing, tissue engineering and laser corneal surgery. His pivotal OCT article, published in Science in 1991, has been cited more than 12,000 times.

Huang holds an M.D. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California, and fellowship training at Emory University School of Medicine in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery.

The $500,000 biennial Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize recognizes a bioengineering achievement that significantly improves the human condition. Modeled after the Nobel Prize, it was created with a charitable gift to Ohio University from Russ College alumnus Fritz Russ, BSEE ’42, HON ’85, and his wife, Dolores.

Part of the Stocker Lecture Series, the talk can be viewed via live stream.