ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Thomas Wubben, MD, PhD, a fellow at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, is a 2018 recipient of a Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation award which supports training and education in vitreoretinal surgery.
Wubben, a fellow in vitreoretinal diseases, researches the root cause of vision loss in numerous retinal diseases -- photoreceptor cell death. He is interested in what stresses retinal photoreceptors when the retina detaches and why the cells often die. He is investigating metabolic reprogramming as a novel strategy to improve photoreceptor survival and preserve vision.
Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Awards are granted annually to outstanding second-year vitreoretinal fellows in training. A panel of physicians, educators and scientists review award candidates and final recipients are selected by the foundation’s board of directors.
The fellowship award recipients will be introduced during the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting.