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Fitzgerald Named ARVO Gold Fellow


Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald presenting at a recent meeting of the Society for Neuroscience

MEMPHIS – Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Christian Brothers University (CBU) professor of biology, has been elevated to a Gold Level Fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). ARVO Fellows serve as role models and mentors for individuals pursuing careers in vision and ophthalmology research and help further ARVO’s vision “to facilitate the advancement of vision research and the prevention and cure of disorders of the visual system worldwide.”

The Gold Level Fellowship is the highest ARVO designation. Fitzgerald was made a Silver Fellow in 2010, and will be among a select group of only 22 individuals inducted internationally as a Gold Fellow this year. She is the only Gold Fellow in Memphis.

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 19 years. She is currently a professor of biology and heads the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) program at CBU. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences and a part-time professor at the Southern College of Optometry. Fitzgerald has been an international symposium speaker and organizer, and her articles and abstracts have been published widely and internationally.

Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Memphis State University and a PhD from the University of Tennessee.

ARVO, founded in 1928 in Washington, DC, 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.

For more information about the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, visit www.arvo.org.

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Posted by Cory Dugan at 11:28 AM