Ambati Receives Junius-Kuhnt Award

Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, received the Junius-Kuhnt Award from the University of Bonn in Hamburg, Germany, for his group's outstanding work and commitment to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) research.

The Junius-Kuhnt Award honors physicians and scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the study and treatment of AMD, and has been awarded annually since 2007 at “Makula Update,” an annual congress of German retina specialists.

This award is named after the German ophthalmologists Paul Junius and Kuhnt Hermann who, at the University Eye Clinic of Bonn, were the first to describe the neovascular, “wet” form of AMD. Their 1926 monograph entitled, "The disk-shaped degeneration of the retinal center," was the world's first on AMD, and is still considered a milestone in ophthalmic medical history. Ambati is first non-European winner of this award, and delivered a lecture on CCR3 as a diagnostic and therapeutic target for AMD.

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