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August 6, 2012

NIH K23 Grant Awarded to Dr. Cristina Llerena

Dr. Cristina Llerena was granted a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  These awards are very competitive and difficult to receive as the grant provides up to five years of salary and research support for the development of clinician scientists committed to patient-based research.  This is a great accomplishment for  Dr. Llerena and her research mentor, Dr. Benjamin Backus, who collaborated with her on the development of the research proposal and the program.  Together, Dr. Llerena and Dr. Backus will research "Binocular Approaches to Perceptual Learning in Adult Amblyopia".


Dr. Llerena's award is the third K23 grants at the College. Dr. Kathryn Richdale has a K23 grant as does Dr. Tracy Nguyen who will join the faculty January 2013.