Memphis – Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Christian Brothers University (CBU) professor of biology, has been selected as a 2010 Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc. (ARVO). Fellows are named for their individual accomplishments, leadership and contributions to the Association. They aid individuals seeking careers in vision in the field of ophthalmology research and help further the Association’s mission to research the prevention and cure of visual disorders. Fellows are chosen based on a point system including serving on boards and as a journal reviewer.
Since joining ARVO in 1987, Fitzgerald has reviewed numerous journal articles, facilitated the introduction of CBU students to the Association and served on a panel for animal care that specifically worked on the care and surgery related to birds, in addition to annually presenting professional papers and posters.
Aside from her work with ARVO, Fitzgerald has been on faculty at CBU for 15 years and is currently, professor of Biology where she heads the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) program. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee, Center for Health Sciences and a consultant for Academic Research Programs at the Southern College of Optometry. In 2002, she took a sabbatical to work with Dr. Anton Reiner on a National Institute of Health-funded grant entitled “Neural regulation of choroidal blood flow.” Since 1977, more than 150 of Fitzgerald’s articles and abstracts have been published. Fitzgerald has been an international symposium speaker and organizer; along with serving on multiple committees to advance the profession.
Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Memphis State University and a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Tennessee.
ARVO, founded in 1928 in Washington, D.C., is an international organization with 12,500 members. Members of ARVO reside in over 70 countries and are both clinic and basic researchers. The Association is a leading international forum for vision research and is a primary advocate for vision science worldwide.