Dr Soumyava Basu has been invited into the Center of Excellence on Extrapulmonary TB set up at AIIMS, New Delhi, to formulate guidelines for diagnosis and management of various forms of extrapulmonary TB.
The Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh ESL Narasimhan felicitated the Cornea and Eye Bank teams of LVPEI on 14 January 2015 for creating history in the field of Corneal Transplantation by becoming the first Institute ever in the world to achieve 20,000 corneal transplants across its network. He lauded the Institute's efforts and commitment to quality eye care. Dr Gullapalli N Rao said it was significant to achieve this distinction in a country where organ donation and transplantation have long been considered as insurmountable challenges. The dedicated team at LVPEI has contributed to the evolution of modern eye banking and specialized cornea care in India.
LVPEI's 12th Secondary Service Centre - Edward and Soona Brown Eye Centre - was inaugurated on 12th January 2015 at Dhulipalla village, Sattenapalli mandal, Guntur district. The Centre was inaugurated by Mr Edward Brown and Ms Soona Brown in the gracious presence of Sri Kodela Shivaprasad Rao, Speaker, Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Assembly; Dr Kamineni Srinivas, Hon'ble Health Minister, Andhra Pradesh; Sri Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Member of Parliament, Narasaraopet; Mrs Nanapuneni Rajakumari, Member of Legislative Council, Andhra Pradesh and local community leaders.
A team of students from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School visited the Kuchukulla Ramachandra Reddy Eye Centre at Thoodukurthy, Mahbubnagar District on 9 January 2015, as part of their Innovation for Humanity project. Leah Sbriscia, Ryan Ross, Vivi Wzhao and Emmanuel Opati were the team members.
Sudhakar and Sreekanth Ravi Eye Centre at Markapuram, Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh, celebrated its 7th anniversary on 3rd January 2015. Dignitaries present included Former MLA Sri Kandula Narayan Raddy, MLA Sri Jamke Venkat Reddy, Municipal Chairman Smt Vakkalagadda Radhika, MPC Sri Malakondiah, DSP Sri Venkatratnam and others.
Dr Srinivas Marmamula has secured the highly competitive 'Wellcome Trust / DBT India Alliance' Early Career fellowship to support his research on "Visual impairment in the elderly" for the next five years.
LVPEI's 110nth Vision Centre was inaugurated at Narasayapalem village in Guntur district, near Bapatla,on 28 December 2014. Dr Ratna Babu, a reputed orthopaedic surgeon in Guntur, donated the fully renovated facility including operating expenses for three years. The equipment was funded from a grant from LDS Charities of Salt Lake City in the US.
Dr Gullapalli N Rao was felicitated on 27 December 2014 at the Lingala Vision Centre by the centre's donors and members of the Ashram Foundation. Present on the occasion were Sri Mallavarapu Venkata Appaiah (Trustee, Ashram Foundation) and Smt Manikyamma, Sri Mallavarapu Ramakrishna Rao (Chairman, Ashram Foundation), Smt R Shyamala (Secretary, Ashram Foundation), Dr M Harinath (Vice Chairman, Ashram Foundation), Chief Guest Sri V Rama Rao (Former Governor of Sikkim), Smt Ch Shyamala (Sarpanch, Lingala), Smt K Ratnakumari (Trustee, Ashram Foundation) and others.
Tapas Padhi received the 2014 ARVO Foundation/Pfizer Collaborative Research Fellowship Award for his 'Efficacy of Wide-field Retinal imaging in the diagnosis of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) on a mobile imaging platform' to be done partly at University of Michigan and partly at LVPEI Bhubaneswar.
Dr Srinivas Marmamula was awarded a Travel Grant for the Asia-ARVO 2015 Meeting to be held in Japan.
Alumna Dr Kopal Mittal has won the Dr Mohan Lal memorial gold medal in Paediatric Ophthalmology at the 49th Annual Confernece of the UP State Ophthalmic Society 20-21 December 2014 in Noida
A Fun Camp was organized on December 21, 2014 at Kailasagiri Park, Visakhapatnam for visually impaired children. Over 30 visually impaired children and an equal number of siblings, family members, staff and volunteers participated. the range of games and competitions included picking beats from the sand, identifying fruits and vegetables with tactile clues, tug of war, antakshari, passing the ball, quiz, musical chair, balloon blasting, walking with rope and child-parent interaction. Prizes and gifts were distributed.
The 18th Anniversary of Bhosle Gopal Rao Patel Eye Centre, Mudhole, Adilabad District, was organized on 20 December 2014. Donor Bhosle Narayan rao Patel lit the lamp and the other dignitaries present included Sri Andhe Ramulu, Divisional Superintendent of Police, Bhainsa; Sri B Anil, Sarpanch, Mudhole; Dr Dhamodhar Reddy; Dr Shiva Prasad; Sri Shivakumar Bachuwar and others. Best Employee award was given to Sri Narendhar.
Dr Subhadra Jalali was invited as chief speaker at the ROP program at the Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital, Kolkata on 14th December 2014. She spoke on 'ROP: An overview', 'Born too soon: reflections of an ROP blind child', 'Vision rehabilitation after ROP treatment in preterm babies', and participated in the hands-on teaching and case evaluation of ROP babies.
The Dr PRK Prasad Centre for Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired held its 17th annual Integrated Fun Camp on December 13, 2014 at Jalvihar - a popular water park - at necklace Road in Hyderabad.
The Fun Camp had over 370 participants in all including the visually impaired, their siblings and family.
Collaborative research by Dr. Sayan Basu, - Consultant Corneal Surgeon and Scientist, LVPEI, working with Prof. James L. Funderburgh, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Associate Director of the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, has resulted in the discovery of potent limbal stem cells in the eye that possess the ability to restore lost sight. Corneal scarring following infection or injury to the eye affects more than 250 million people worldwide and has blinds over 6 million of them. Dr Basu found that when the stem cells were applied to damaged corneas they healed and became clear again within four weeks of treatment. The research findings were published in The findings, published today in Science Translational Medicine on December 11, 2014 and can potentially rescue vision for millions of people worldwide and decrease the need for corneal transplants. Since the stem cells used were from the same personís eyes by simply layering the cells over the damaged area with biological adhesive called fibrin glue,there would be no need for donors or fear of rejection and failure. The disruptive new treatment is now in clinical trials at LVPEI.
LVPEI partnered with World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF) to launch 'Mobile Apps 4 Climate Change: A Citizen Science Programme for Schools in Metros' on 9th December 2014. The project is developed by Dr V Shubhalaxmi, Founder and Director at Ladybird Consulting LLP, who is the sole winner from India of the ĎAlumni Innovation Engagement Fundí annually announced by the United States Department of International Alumni Exchange. Ashutosh Richhariya, Associate Director and Head - Institute of Translational Research, Engineering and Advancement of Technology and Faculty - Srujana (LVPEI-MITRA Center of Innovation), is a member of the alumni team. The project involves development of 3 three mobile apps on urban birds, butterflies and trees of four metros: Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad that will bring urban biodiversity information on the fingertips of the users. The dignitaries present on the occasion included Chief Guest Mr P K Sharma, PCCF (WL) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Telangana Forest Department; Mr Anil Kumar V Epur, Chairman, WWF-India; Ms Vanitha Datla, Chairperson, CII Telangana Office and schoolchildren from prominent schools.