Dr. Brian Brooks of NEI has been elected into one of the nation’s most respected medical honor societies, the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). The society publishes the Journal of Clinical Investigation, and elects the journal’s editor-in-chief from its ranks.
The ASCI accepts membership nominations internationally, and elects a maximum of 80 new members each year based on a record of achievement in biomedical research. Because new members must be 50 years of age or younger, the society particularly recognizes scientists who are productive early in their careers.
Dr. Brooks leads NEI’s Unit on Pediatric, Developmental and Genetic Ophthalmology. His research focuses on the genetic and developmental causes of uveal coloboma, a potentially blinding condition in which tissue in or around the eye is missing from birth. He also is performing clinical and basic research on potential treatments for vision loss associated with albinism. He will be officially inducted into ASCI at a ceremony on April 25, as part of the 2014 joint meeting between ASCI and the Association of American Physicians in Chicago, Illinois.