Annual Rabb-Venable Excellence in Ophthalmology Research Program

The Rabb-Venable Research Award is named in honor of Dr. Maurice Rabb, Jr. and Dr. H. Phillip Venable, two pioneering African American ophthalmologists and researchers. Dr. Rabb, who died in 2005, was internationally known for his pioneering work in cornea and retinal vascular diseases. Dr. Venable was the first African American to join the faculty of Washington University in 1958. He died in 1989 and was well known in St. Louis for his efforts to educate and train young African American physicians in the field of ophthalmology.

Each year, medical students and ophthalmology residents/fellows are invited to apply for this research award. Research may be in any of the subspecialties of ophthalmology and emphasize the latest developments in the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of the many sight-threatening diseases and conditions which affect minority patients as well as the general population.

Travel grants to the National Medical Association Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in Honolulu, HI will be awarded. Each will cover round-trip airfare to Honolulu, hotel costs and ground transportation. While at the convention, the awardees will present their research and meet with a NEI representative. The Rabb Venable program will start with a welcome dinner and orientation on Friday evening July 26,2019 and end on Sunday July 28, 2019 with the program participants' research presentations. The Saturday workshops focus on public speaking skills, grant writing and funding opportunities.

The NMA-Ophthalmology Section meeting will take place Saturday July 27 - Tuesday July 30, 2019. Participants are encouraged to attend the Ophthalmology Section meeting and stay through July 30.

The application deadline for RV Excellence in Research program is April 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. central time. Criteria by which research projects will be judged include: The importance of the research question; its potential impact (e.g. to patient care, healthcare disparities, etc.); quality of the study data; data analysis; background knowledge of subject; and knowledge/discussion of the limitations of the study, including the next steps the researcher would pursue. Applicants to the Rabb-Venable Research program must be a medical student or ophthalmology resident/fellow. Applicants must submit an abstract consistent with our program guidelines.

Medical students interested in ophthalmology may apply as an "observer" to learn more about the field and Rabb Venable program, and to encourage them to submit an abstract the following year. Current ophthalmology resident may also apply as an observer to learn more about the program and prepare themselves for abstract submission in a subsequent year.