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Marshall alumna named 2013 Outstanding Woman in Technology
Monday, Oct. 28, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Two-time Marshall University graduate Dr. Stephanie A. Skolik was recognized as one of West Virginia’s top innovators last week at the TechConnectWV “Spirit of Innovation” awards banquet.
An ophthalmologist and president and CEO of the Huntington Retina Center, Skolik was honored with the 2013 Outstanding Woman in Technology award for her retinopathy research and invention of devices to assist with eye surgery. She is the founder of the American Retina Research Foundation and heads up Eyedea Inc., an ophthalmic invention company.
Approximately 20 years ago, she observed that patients with long-term diabetes and co-existing arthritis seemed far less likely than their non-arthritic counterparts to develop diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. The disease is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.
Skolik hypothesized that the inflammatory joint proteins were providing a sort of innate protection. The search for the identity of this protective factor is the focus of her research. If the protective factor can be identified, it may be a critical link to understanding diabetes itself and could eventually lead to a “diabetes vaccine.”
Top photo – Two-time Marshall University graduate Dr. Stephanie A. Skolik was recognized as one of West Virginia’s top innovators last week at the TechConnectWV “Spirit of Innovation” awards banquet.
Bottom photo – Marshall University’s Chief Technology Officer Dr. Jan I. Fox, rights, presents the TechConnect West Virginia 2013 Outstanding Woman in Technology award to Marshall University alumna Dr. Stephanie A. Skolik for her retinopathy research and invention of devices to assist with eye surgery.
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964