Moran Fellow and U of U Medical Student win NANOS Best Abstract Awards


Moran Neuro-ophthalmology Fellow, Krista Kinard, MD, trumped tough competition to receive the “Best Abstract by a Fellow Award” at the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society’s (NANOS) 40th Annual Meeting. Her abstract, “Chronic Migraine is Associated with Reduced Corneal Nerve Fiber Density and Length,” by Kinard K, Crum A, Warner JEA, Katz B, Mifflin MD, Smith AG, Digre KB, was entered in the “Posterior Afferent Visual Pathway (Post-Chiasmal)” category.

Kinard’s additional areas of training and specialization include ultrasound of the orbit and ectrophysiology techniques. After completing training, Kinard will continue to work in neuro-ophthalmology, ultrasound, electrophysiology, and general ophthalmology, providing medical and surgical care.

“I chose to come to Moran because of the quality and caring of the faculty as well as the clinical and surgical training—I am amazed by the dedication of faculty,” says Kinard.

Matthew A. Miller, a University of Utah School of Medicine student, won “Best Abstract by a Student” for “A Comparison of Clinical Features of Pseudotumor Cerebri Secondary to Tetracyclines and Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension,” by Miller MA, Digre KB, Bair CM, Crum A, Katz BJ, Warner JEA, in the category of "CSF, Intracranial Hypertension, Intracranial Hypotension, etc." Miller also has worked as an undergraduate researcher and is a BEST scholarship awardee and BioURP grantee.

The competition was tough this year: there was a 35 percent increase in abstract submissions alone, resulting in 245 entries! Awardees, recognized for the best poster or platform presentation by a resident or fellow, receive a certificate and stipend.

As a professional-member organization of more than 500 fully trained ophthalmologists or neurologists, NANOS seeks to promote the field of neuro-ophthalmology by supporting all forms of education, encouraging research and fostering clinical expertise. In addition to acknowledging young researchers through awards, NANOS is committed to recognizing them by publishing their work in the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, contributing to numerous professional seminars, and providing an email discussion list for lively clinical exchanges. This year’s meeting was held in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, March 1-6, 2014.

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