Ilene K. Gipson AwardA

Women's Eye Health (WEH) is pleased to announce the Ilene K. Gipson Award. Presented as part of the WEH Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting (ARVO), the award recognizes a WEH member who has advanced our goals and mission, which include:

  • Continuing as a leading source of information regarding eye diseases that are more prevalent in women;
  • Raising awareness of the fact that two-thirds of blindness and vision impairment occurs in women;
  • Educating the public regarding good eye health practices;
  • Advocating for women’s vision research and public awareness.

Award recipients must be a current Women's Eye Health member and may not have received the award previously. The recipient must be present to receive the award, unless there are exigent circumstances.

Nomination and Selection Process
Candidates can be nominated by members of the WEH Executive Committee or Advisory Board by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Nominations are accepted June though November each year. The award recipient is selected by vote of the Executive Committee.

About Ilene K. Gipson, PhD

Dr. Ilene Gipson began her career in vision research at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, where she became an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology. In 1979, she was recruited to the Schepens Eye Research Institute. She rose through the ranks from Assistant to Senior Scientist at the Institute, and in 1997 became Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and also the Ocular Surface Scholar at the Institute.

Dr. Gipson founded Women's Eye Health in 2001 in response to the troubling reality that 2/3 of the world’s population of blind and visually impaired persons are women.

Dr. Gipson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the MERIT Award from the National Eye Institute and the Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Investigator Award. In May, 2007, Dr. Gipson received The Friedenwald Award; this award is one of the two achievement awards given annually at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting to honor the outstanding research of senior scientists in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology.  

To read more about Dr. Gipson, please click here.

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