Short BiographyJohn Paul SanGiovanni recently received the NIH Director's Award. Dr. SanGiovanni is a Staff Scientist in the Clinical Trials Branch of the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Research at the National Eye Institute. His primary scholarship interest is in understanding the role of dietary factors in development and prevention of visual system disorders. His primary research interest is in examining the relationship of intake/tissue status of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and bioactive molecules with pathogenic factors and processes implicated in retinal vascular diseases. He serves as leader of analysis teams for Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) in projects examining the relationship of dietary factors with age-related macular degeneration. He is conducting large-scale genomic studies on the role of mitochondria in pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration. He serves as AREDS and AREDS2 Project Officer. He is conducting mechanistic studies on diet and retinal angiogenesis in a number of in cellular and animal models. Dr. SanGiovanni participated as a technical expert for a number of government-directed projects, including an evidence report on omega-3 fatty acid intake and eye health from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He sits on the Members in Training Committee at the Association for Research in Vision Science and Ophthalmology; he has previously served for this same organization on the Professional Development and Education Committee. Prior to his appointment at NEI in 2000, Dr. SanGiovanni held positions at the International Nutrition Foundation and United Nations University.
Dr. SanGiovanni earned his doctorate and masters degrees at the Harvard School of Public Health. His dissertation research was on the relationship of diet with visual resolution acuity in infancy. Prior to completing his degrees he conducted psychophysical research at Children's Hospital Boston in Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology.