Dr. David Antonetti was recently named the inaugural Roger Kittendorf Research Professor in Ophthalmology and visual sciences. This professorship is one of the highest awards presented at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Antonetti is considered one of the world’s leading scientists in his field of research, diabetic retinopathy which involves research with cancer and strokes.

Dr. Antonetti has published more than 90 journal articles, authored seven book chapters and given 54 invited presentations. He holds five patents and serves on the editorial boards of Tissue Barriers and Diabetes.

He has received numerous awards, including the Jules Francois Prize from the Belgian Ophthalmological Societies and the Jules and Doris Stein Professorship from research to prevent blindness. While at Penn State University College of Medicine at Hershey he was named, “Most Inspirational Teacher for Graduate Education.”

Dr. Antonetti is from Reynoldsville and graduated from DuBois Area High School. He received his Ph.D in Cellular Molecular Biology at Penn State University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School’s Joslin Diabetes Center.

Paul F. Lee, M.D., J.D., F. Bruce Fralick Professor and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences stated that Dr. Antonetti’s work will not only benefit hundred of millions of people with diabetes around the world, but he has far-ranging implications for those who might have a stroke or other brain diseases.

Dr. Antonetti is the son of Mike and Wanda Antonetti of Reynoldsville.

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