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AAO Foundation Announces Allergan Foundation Research Grant Recipient

She’s a professor at Case Western Reserve University.




AAO Foundation Announces Allergan Foundation Research Grant Recipient

Loretta B. Szczotka-Flynn

(PRESS RELEASE) ORLANDO, FL – The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), in partnership with the Allergan Foundation, announces Loretta B. Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD, FAAO, as the 2019-20 recipient of the Allergan Foundation Research Grant.

Flynn is a professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She has been awarded a $60,000 grant for her project, “Modeling Corneal Endothelial Cell Health Parameters as Predictors of Keratoplasty Stress.”

Her co-investigators include:

Primary Investigator:

  • Loretta B. Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD, FAAO


  • Tracy Nguyen OD, PhD, FAAO; SUNY College of Optometry
  • Tim McMahon OD, FAAO; University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Muriel Schornack OD, FAAO; Mayo Clinic Department of Ophthalmology
  • Christine Sindt OD, FAAO; Iowa Department of Ophthalmology
  • Langis Michaud OD, FAAO; Montreal School of Optometry

This competitive grant is awarded to talented optometrist and/or vision scientist, who are Academy members, and are currently undertaking cutting edge research in the areas of glaucoma and/or the anterior segment. This is the sixth year the Allergan Foundation has sponsored the grant through the AAOF.

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation partners with the Allergan Foundation to recognize individuals whose work will contribute to the future of optometric care. “We congratulate Dr. Szczotka-Flynn and her expert clinician-scientist team on their grant award. Their cutting-edge research will directly improve the care we are able to provide for our patients.” said AAOF President Pete Kollbaum, OD, PhD, FAAO.

Szczotka-Flynn and her team will be honored for their achievement at the annual AAOF Celebration Luncheon at Academy 2019 Orlando on Saturday, Oct. 26.


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