LVPEI’s 12th Secondary Centre at

LVPEI’s 12th Secondary Service Centre - Edward and Soona Brown Eye Centre - was inaugurated on 12th January 2015 at Dhulipala village, Sattenapalli mandal, Guntur district. Dignitaries present included donors Mr Edward Brown and Ms Soona Brown, Member of Parliament Sri Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Assembly Sri Kodela Sivaprasad Rao, Health Minister

of AP Dr Kamineni Srinivas, Member of AP Legislative Council Smt Nannapaneni Rajakumari and others.

Governor’s Felicitation for World Record of 20,000 Cornea Transplants

The Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Sri ESL Narasimhan felicitated the Cornea and Eye Bank teams on 14 January 2015 for creating history 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.


The LVPEI family deeply mourns the loss of John Hyman on 16 January 2015. John and Mavis Hyman funded the Miriam Hyman Children’s Eye Care Centre (MHCECC) at LVPEI Bhubaneswar in memory of their daughter Miriam who was killed in the “7/7” London bombings of 7 July 2005. It was John’s support of the idea that saw the setting up of the Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust and his wish to use the funds in a developing country to bring services where they could best be used. The LVPEI family will remain committed to John Hyman’s wish by ever expanding the activities of the Miriam Hyman Children’s Eye Care Centre.


Awards & Honours

Srinivas Marmamula won the Wellcome Trust/ DBT India Alliance Early Career fellowship to support his research on ‘Visual impairment in the elderly’ for the next five years.

Subhadra Jalali was the Guest Speaker at the Banaras Hindu University Old Students’ Association Hyderabad’s event to mark Mahatma Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya’s Jayanti on January 11, 2015 at the DRDO Auditorium in Kanchanbagh.

Soumyava Basu has been invited to the Center of Excellence on Extrapulmonary TB at AIIMS, New Delhi, to formulate guidelines for diagnosis and management of various forms of extrapulmonary TB.

Ramam Atmakuri attended the Annual Volunteer Planning meeting of the PMI Technology Advisory Group (TechAG), 21-25 January in USA.

Alumna Kopal Mittal won the Dr Mohan Lal memorial gold medal in Paediatric Ophthalmology at the 49th Annual Conference of the UP State Ophthalmic Society 20-21 December 2014 in Noida.

Fifth Bijayananda Patnaik Lecture

Prof Sharat Chandra, Director, Centre for Human Genetics, Bangalore, delivered the Fifth Bijayananda Patnaik Memorial Lecture on ‘Genes and Genome’ on 16 January 2015, the Foundation Day of LVPEI Bhubaneswar. He spoke about the socio-legal and

scientific implications of developments in genetic engineering. Present on the occasion was Dr Kalsi Patnaik, wife of Dr Bijayanada Patnaik and their family members. The event culminated with a medley of delightful cultural performances from the staff at LVPEI Bhubaneswar.

Participation at All Odisha Students Union of the Visually Impaired

Soumya Panda and Sumita Lima from the NTPC Centre for Sight Enhancement and Rehabilitation for the Visually Challenged at LVPEI Bhubaneswar participated at the 10th Annual Program of All Odisha Students Union for the Visually Impaired held at Utkal University, Bhubaneswar on 23 January 2015. The team exhibited assistive devices and received good response from the audience.

Markapuram Centre’s 7th Anniversary



Eminent Visitors/ Updates

Ms Amanda Huang, Senior Program Manager, The Fred Hollows Foundation – China; Ms Baojie, Vice Consultant, Office of Medical Administration, Health and Family Planning Commission, Inner Mongolia; Mr Bilige, Deputy Director, International Mongolia Hospital, lnner Mongolia; Mr Zhang Guishen, Deputy Director and Ms Fan Limin, Deputy Director, Hohhot Chaoju Ophthalmic Hospital of Red Cross Society, Inner Mongolia; 24 December.

Dr James Chodosh, Boston, USA; Dr Jose Gomes, Sao Paolo, Brazil; Dr Namrata Sharma, New Delhi, India; Dr Alejandro Navas, Mexico; Dr Enrique Graue, Mexico; Dr Yonathan Garfias, Mexico, for the Workshop on Ocular Surfaces; 29-31 January.

Dr Milind Pande, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon & Medical Director, Vision Surgery & Research Centre, UK, for a Guest Lecture on ‘Refractive Cataract Surgery’; 24 January.


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