Honors & Awards

Dr Taraprasad Das elected Vice President of VISION 2020 India for 2011 – 2014.

Dr Srinivas Marmamula awarded PhD from UNSW, Sydney, Australia. He created history – joining the Institute 17 years ago as a student in the Diploma in Ophthalmic Techniques program to now completing his doctorate!

Prof D Balasubramanian, Director – Research, was presented the BITS (Birla Institute of Technology & Science) Pilani Distinguished Alumni Award 2011 "in recognition of his significant and outstanding contribution to entrepreneurship" at its convocation held on August 28, 2011.

City Centre, Madhapur
Completes One Year!

LVPEI's first City Centre at Madhapur, Hyderabad completed one year of operations on August 16, 2011, seeing 14,842 OP patients (9356 new) and performing 905 surgeries. Congratulations!

Talks @ LVPEI

Professor Anil K Gupta, IIM, Ahmedabad

Innovation across Boundaries and Barriers: Towards
Open and Empathetic Innovation Models

Mr Sumit Dagar, Interaction Engineer, Film Maker, TED Fellow

Invention and Work on the Braille Phone

Prof Amod Gupta, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Role of Fundus Autofluorescence in Retinal Imaging

Dr Anthony Atala, Wake Forest University, USA

Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends

Dr Jesson Martin , Indiana University School of Optometry, USA

Unbiased Estimation of Refractive State of Aberrated Eyes

82nd Vision Centre Inaugurated

LVPEI's 82nd Vision Centre (VC) at Cherla village (attached to the secondary care Nava Bharat Eye Centre at Paloncha) was inaugurated on August 19, 2011. The VC's rent, the Vision Technician's salary and accommodation are being taken care of by the Managing Director of CARE Hospital, Nampally, Dr D N Kumar. Mr Rajesh, senior Vision Technician is helping to set up the VC; it is supported by the Latter-day Saint Charities, USA.

The 200 people who attended the inaugural included Circle Inspector Mr Prasad Rao, Sub Inspector Mr Nagaraju, ophthalmologist Dr Shyam Sundar Rao, District Health and Medical Officer Dr Shesha Reddy, and Mr CVK Rao, veteran theatre artist and eminent writer.

About 800 children from Rahul Vignyan School, an initiative of Dr Kumar, participated in the inaugural and performed several dances. Two students Pawan and Sharmila gave talks on the themes: "Can a child help raise awareness?" and "How can a child help its own neighborhood to utilize the Cherla VC services?".

Mr Prasad Rao undergoes an eye check-up

Students of Rahul Vignyan School perform a Dappu dance

10th Rural Satellite Eye Care Centre

LVPEI's 10th satellite centre - Dr Kommareddy Raja Ram Mohan Rao Eye Centre - near Gudavalli village, Cherukupalli mandal, Guntur district, was inaugurated on August 24, 2011. The centre is a beautiful building located in a rural location surrounded by green fields. There is a tremendous need for accessible and quality eye care in the area. The Centre's supporters, Dr K Varaprasad, a renowned general surgeon and some of his family members (also doctors), are serving the population of the village for the past 35 years, covering 3 districts with an OPD of 300-400 patients daily.

Mr M Venkata Subbaiah (former MLA) lights the lamp; also seen Dr Kodali Mohan, brother of Dr Varaprasad (centre)

For the inauguration, Dr Varaprasad (who was unwell) sent a message paying tribute to his teacher and mentor Dr Kommareddy Rajaram Mohan Rao, Professor of Surgery and former VC, Nagarjuna University. The OPD started with the lighting of the lamp by Dr Kodali Mohan. The centre uses the Electronic Medical Records system. The Cherukupalli team was led by Dr Sulochana.

Artists' Workshop at LVPEI, Hyderabad campus, in which 16 artists from New Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata
participated (August 2-6, 2011)

Mr Paramjit Singh Mr Sidharth Gurucharan Singh Mr Manu Parikh Mr Veer Munshi Mr Prabhakar Kolte Ms Madhvi Parikh

Excellence • Equity • Efficiency


Feedback from Visitors

I had mailed you in December 2010 regarding my son Tarun (name changed). My son has tuberous sclerosis and related vision issues. We are heavily indebted to doctors and rehabilitation therapists at your hospital. Our son was being seen by Dr Niranjan Pehere for quite some time. We learnt that he had shifted to your new facility at Vijayawada. Since both Hyderabad and Vijayawada are equidistant for us and since he had been extremely sincere and understanding, we decided to go to Vijayawada.

Dr Niranjan is one of the best doctors with you! I say this with full confidence and experience of being a doctor myself. He is all ears to every minute problem that we narrate, whether it is related to his specialty or not. He heard everything, made mental notes, and gave us typed suggestions as notes! This was awesome because we did not see any pen or paper anywhere near him when we discussed our son's problems, but he made notes and prepared suggestions for each of them, typed them and gave us a print!! It was a miracle! I am yet to meet such a dedicated, learned, as well as patient doctor in my life.

He also took care of small issues like our food, our stay and even conveyance to reach the hospital! Who cares or bothers about anybody so much nowadays?

Our son is doing great! He has some vision related issues, which we are sure will be solved to the extent possible, under the care of doctors like Dr Niranjan. This young and learned doctor needs to be appreciated by one and all.

Dr Anand A Kulkarni
Dharwad, Karnataka
August 25, 2011

To Dr Virender Sangwan

Honourable sir,

I am glad to thank you for your treatment of my son. Your genius mind and skills saved my son's eye. We had lost hope when he was injured. But your masterful operation changed the life of my son. Now his vision is good, he can read and write well. Our family thanks you! We will never forget you and your kind nature and will be grateful to you forever. We hope god blesses you with a long life, so that you can give sight to many more patients.

Thakorbhai M Panchal
Ranoli, Vadodara District, Gujarat
August 23, 2011

Our Support in August


Mr Kshitish Chandra Mohanty

Mr T Suresh Rao

Ms Kirteemayee Roul


Dr Subhabrata Chakrabarti

Mr Jagadish Gullapalli

Dr D N Kumar

Mr Sudeep Kumar

Mr Ashok Malpani

Mr Surya Narayana Murthy

Mr Srinivas Pothapragada

Mr Koppolu Purushotham Rao

Mr TV Rama Rao & TV Kanaka Durga

Ms Behmand Prathiba Randeria

Mr B Srinivasula Setty


Ms Pattola Vasantha Reddy


Mr G Kodanda Ram


Mr Prakash C Laha

Mr Sudhir Prakash


Mr Kamal & Ms Dharamsi Jamnadas

Indian Eye Research Group Meet

Ch Mohan Rao, Director, CCMB presents a plaque to Dr Usha P Andley

Prof Augusteyn receives a plaque from Dr V R Muthukkaruppan, Director of Research, Aravind Medical Research Foundation

The Indian Eye Research Group (IERG) meeting (July 30-31, 2011) was bigger than usual (both in terms of registration and the scientific deliberations), with 230 registered delegates and 184 presentations. A special lecture on "Next Generation DNA Sequencing" was delivered by Sandor Proteomics Ltd, which also supported a dinner. The delegates gave their approval for bringing the IERG meetings under the ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) umbrella to be conducted as the IERG – India ARVO chapter from next year.

This year's Bireswar Chakrabarti Oration was delivered by Dr Usha P Andley from the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The First Prof D Balasubramanian Oration was delivered by Prof Robert C Augusteyn from Vision CRC, Sydney, Australia. The LVPEI faculty and fellows who bagged prizes at the meeting were Sonika Rathi, Uday K Addepalli, Asa Narsaiah, Rebecca Sumalini, Ganeshwer Rao Musada, Vasundhara Vauhini, T Venkata Amarnath, P Shailaja Reddy, and Manish Kumar Sinha.

Understanding the Biology of Diseases

As a run-up to IERG and to commemorate
LVPEI's 25th anniversary year, a special
symposium "Approaches to Understanding
the Biology of Diseases" was organized on
July 29, 2011. Over 100 delegates attended
the program. Six women scientists, who
have done remarkable work in disease based
biology, presented their research. They were:
Prof Surekha M Zhingde, Advanced Centre
for Treatment, Research and Education in
Cancer, Mumbai; Dr Mitali Mukerji, Institute
of Genomics and Integrative Biology, CSIR,
New Delhi; Dr Vidita Vaidya, Department
of Biological Sciences, TIFR, Mumbai; Dr Chitra Mandal, Indian
Institute of Chemical Biology, CSIR, Kolkata; Prof Jaya Sivaswami
Tyagi, AIIMS, New Delhi; and Dr Chitra Kannabiran, LVPEI,
Hyderabad. The meeting was supported by Sandor Proteomics,
Novartis-Alcon, GE Healthcare and Pearala Agencies.

Thadikonda Seminar in Pharma Sciences

Prof Uday Kompella

Dr Javed Iqbal

The Thadikonda Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences was held on August 22, 2011, in appreciation of the generous endowment given by Dr K Paul Thadikonda, President of Eminent Services Corporation, Frederick, MD, USA. The program had two keynote speakers: Prof Uday Kompella from the University of Colorado and Dr Javed Iqbal, who heads the Institute of Life Sciences at Hyderabad. The other speakers included Dr Ahmed Kamal (IICT), Radha Rangarajan (who runs a start-up company, Vitas), Prof Anand Kondapi (Biotech Dept, UoH), Prof P Yogeeswari (BITS Pilani, Hyderabad campus), Dr Vijaya Ratna (Andhra Univ, Waltair) and Dr Neelima D Tangellamudi (Institute of Life Sciences).


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