2023 ARVO Achievement Award recipientsFebruary 28, 2023
Proctor Medal: Eric A. Pierce, MD, PhD, FARVO (BI)
Eric Pierce is the Chatlos Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and the founding director of the Ocular Genomics Institute at Mass Eye and Ear. Pierce’s research program is focused on improving our understanding of the genetic causality of inherited retinal degenerations (IRDs), and developing genetically informed therapies for these disorders. His work has led to the identification of several IRD disease genes, helped highlight the importance of non-coding mutations in IRDs, and supported clinical translation of therapies for several genetic forms of retinal degeneration.