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Boulton to serve as visual systems study section member

Apr. 4, 2013

Michael Boulton, Ph.D., who will join the IU School of Medicine July 1 as the first director of basic science research at the Glick Eye Institute and Merrill Grayson Senior Professor in Ophthalmology, has been selected to serve as a member of the Biology of the Visual Systems Study Section at Center for Scientific Review from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2017.


Michael Boulton, Ph.D.

Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Service on a study section also requires mature judgment and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group.

Membership on a study section represents a major commitment of professional time and energy as well as a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science. These functions are of great value to medical and allied research in this country.

Dr. Boulton’s participation in the study section will help assure the quality of the NIH peer review process, express appreciation of the IU School of Medicine for the NIH’s support of its activities and support the hope and expectation that institutional officials will provide continued support to the school.

Dr. Boulton’s research focuses on age-related changes in the retina and retinal neovascularization. He holds grants from the National Institutes of Health for his research into age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He currently serves as director of research and professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Florida

Dr. Boulton earned a doctorate in vision sciences at the University of Westminster and Institute of Ophthalmology, London. He was appointed a Fight for Sight Fellow before taking a faculty position at the University of Manchester. He has also served as chair of the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at Cardiff University and director of the AMD Center at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

At the IU School of Medicine, Dr. Boulton will serve secondary appointments as a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and of optometry and vision science. He will also receive an appointment to the graduate school faculty.

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