Nominations Open - Deadline February 28, 2018

The Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize of The New York Academy of Medicine was established in 1995 in honor of Lewis Rudin, the New York City real estate developer, and is funded by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation with additional support provided by Mr. Jack Rudin.

This $50,000 prize is awarded for the most outstanding scholarly article on glaucoma published in a peer-reviewed journal during the previous calendar year. Nominations are solicited from leaders of the ophthalmologic community and solicited through notices in the Journal of Glaucoma and other publications.

One prize winner is recommended for ratification by the Academy’s Board of Trustees by the Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize Selection Committee, a group of nationally recognized experts in glaucoma research chaired by David H. Abramson, MD of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Medical College of Cornell University.


Nominees for this award must be the first or last author of the 2017 published work and must hold primary responsibility for the research. Authors may nominate themselves but may not submit multiple articles and must choose only one article to submit for consideration by the committee.

Award Notification

The prize winner will be announced within weeks of the submission deadline. All authors of the article receive recognition, however the monetary prize is granted solely to the primary researcher specified in the nomination.

Nomination Instructions

Please complete all relevant areas of the one-page nomination form. Questions or comments regarding the Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize, the instructions, or the nomination form, should be directed to the Office of Trustee and Fellowship Affairs of The New York Academy of Medicine at (212) 419-3645.

Nomination Materials

Nomination materials must be submitted electronically by emailing the completed nomination form with an accompanying electronic copy of the published article as an e-mail attachment to [email protected].

Nomination Deadline

Nominations must be received no later than February 28, 2018.

Contact information

Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize
Office of Trustee & Fellowship Affairs
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10029
Tel: (212) 419-3645
E-mail: [email protected]

Current and Previous Recipients


Mary J. Kelley, PhD
Oregon Health and Science University

For the published article:

“Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Restore Function in a Human Cell Loss Model of Open-Angle Glaucoma" 


Krishnakumar Kizhatil, PhD
The Jackson Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute 

For the published article:

“Schlemm’s canal is a unique vessel with a combination of blood vascular and lymphatic phenotypes that forms by a novel development process," PLOS Biology


Larry I. Benowitz, PhD
Harvard Medical School

For the published article:

"Radiation treatment inhibits monocyte entry into the optic nerve head and prevents neuronal damage in a mouse model of glaucoma," Journal of Clinical Investigations

Gareth R. Howell, BSc, PhD
The Jackson Laboratory

For the published article:

"Full-length axon regeneration in the adult mouse optic nerve and partial recovery of simple visual behaviors," The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A.


W. Daniel Stamer, PhD
Duke Eye Center

For the published article:

"eNOS, a Pressure-Dependent Regulator of Intraocular Pressure," Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 2011 Dec, 52(13): 9438-444.


David J. Calkins, PhD
Vanderbilt Eye Institute

For the published article:

“Distal axonopathy with structural persistence in glaucomatous neurodegeneration”


Yeni H. Yucel, MD, PhD, FRCPC
University of Toronto Keenan Research Centre at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital

For the published article:

“Identification of Lymphatics in the Ciliary Body of the Human Eye: A Novel “Uvolymphatic” Outflow Pathway.” Experimental Eye Research, 89: 810-819, 2009


Oscar A. Candia, MD
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

For the published article:

“Steroid-Induced Ocular Hypertension in Normal Sheep.”Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci..2008; 0: iovs.08-2410v1


Claude Burgoyne, MD
Devers Eye Institute

For the published article:

“3-D Histomorphometry of the Normal and Early Glaucomatous Monkey Optic Nerve Head: Prelaminar Neural Tissues and Cupping.”Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. 2007;48:5068-5084


John Danias, MD, PhD
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

For the published article:

“Complement Component 1Q(C1Q)Upregulation in Retina of Murine, Primate and Human Glaucomatous Eyes.”Invest Ophthalol Vis Sci. 2006; 47(3): 1024-9


Cynthia Lee Grosskreutz, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

For the published article:

“Calcineurin cleavage is triggered by elevated intraocular pressure, and calcineurin inhibition blocks retinal ganglion cell death in experimental glaucoma.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2005. 102(34): p. 12242-7


Francesca Cordeiro, MD, PhD
Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London

For the published article:

Real-Time Imaging of Single Nerve Cell Apoptosis in Retinal Neurodegeneration. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Sep 7;101(36):13352-6. Epub 2004 Aug 30.


Simon W. M. John, PhD
Jackson Laboratory, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Bar Harbor

For the published article:

Modification of Ocular Defects in Mouse Developmental Glaucoma Models by Tyrosinase. Science. 2003 Mar 7;299(5612):1578-81.


Michael A. Kass, MD
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

For the published article:

The Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study: A Randomized Trial Determines that Topical Ocular Hypotensive Medication Delays or Prevents the Onset of Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma. Arch Ophthalmol. 2002 Jun;120(6):701-13; discussion 829-30.


Joel S. Schuman, MD
New England Eye Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston


M. Elizabeth Fini, PhD
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine

For the published article:

Activation of a Tissue-Specific Stress Response in the Aqueous Outflow Pathway of the Eye Defines the Glaucoma Disease Phenotype. Nat Med. 2001 Mar;7(3):304-9.


No Prize Awarded


Arthur H. Neufeld, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

For the published article:

Inhibition of Nitric-Oxide Sythase 2 by Aminoguanidine Provides Neuroprotection of Retinal Ganglion Cells in a Rat Model of Chronic Glaucoma. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1999 Aug 17;96(17):9944-8.


Martin Wax, MD
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

For the published articles:

Anti-Ro/SS-A Positivity and Heat Shock Protein Antibodies in Patients with Normal Pressure Glaucoma. Am J Ophthalmol. 1998 Feb;125(2):145-57

Autoantibodies to Small Heat Shock Proeteins in Glaucoma. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1998 Nov;39(12):2277-87.

Clinical and Ocular Histopathological Findings in a Patient with Normal-Pressure Glaucoma. Arch Ophthalmol. 1998 Aug;116(8):993-1001.


Edwin M. Stone, MD, PhD
University of Iowa

For the published article:

Identification of a Gene That Causes Primary Open Angle Glaucoma. Science. 1997 Jan 31;275(5300):668-70.


Joseph Caprioli, MD
University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine

For the published article:

Hyperthermia and Hypoxia Increase Tolerance of Retinal Ganglion Cells to Anoxia and Excitotoxicity. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1996 Nov;37(12):2376-81


Harry A. Quigley, MD
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

For the published article:

Retinal Ganglion Cell Death in Experimental Glaucoma and after Axotomy Occurs by Apoptosis. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1995 Apr;36(5):774-86.


Evan B. Dreyer, MD, PhD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School

For the published article:

An Astrocytic Binding Site for Neuronal Thy-1 and Its Effect on Neurite Outgrowth. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1995 Nov 21;92(24):11195-9


Clive Migdal, MD, FRCS, FRCOphth
The Western Eye Hospital, London


Walter Gregory, PhD
Guy’s Hospital, London


Roger Hitchings, FRCS, FRCOphth
Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

For the published article:

Long-Term Functional Outcome after Early Surgery Compared with Laser and Medicine in Open-Angle Glaucoma. Ophthalmology. 1994 Oct;101(10):1651-6