Center for Ophthalmic Optics & Lasers (COOL)

Casey Eye Institute

Oregon Health & Science University

3375 SW Terwillinger Blvd

Portland, OR 97239

Phone: 503.494.5131




ARVO Friedenwald Award

David Huang, MD, PhD

Seattle, WA

May 8, 2013 

ARVO Friedenwald Award Lecture



Antonio Champalimaud

Vision Award

David Huang, MD, PhD

Lisbon, Portugal

September 14, 2012 

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Center for Ophthalmic Optics & Lasers (COOL)


Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Ophthalmic Optics and Lasers (COOL) is to conserve, improve and restore vision through advances in laser and optical technology.



The Center for Ophthalmic Optics and Lasers (COOL) at Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University is a interdisciplinary research center focusing on the application of biomedical optics in clinical medicine. The center has special expertise in two areas: optical coherence tomography (OCT) and laser eye surgery. Among the various eye imaging technologies, OCT has the highest spatial resolution and allows noncontact cross-sectional visualization of internal structures only a few micrometers in thickness. The femtosecond laser and excimer laser allow surgeons to cut and reshape the eye with micrometer control. Using these 2 cutting-edge technologies, the physicians and scientists in the COOL laboratory are working together to diagnose eye diseases with greater accuracy and perform eye surgeries with greater precision.



American Ophthalmological Society Annual Meeting


Dr. David Huang was inducted into the American Ophthalmological Society in May 2014.





















Chenxing Zhang's research fellowship experience in the COOL Lab

Chenxing Zhang is an ophthalmologist in the Southwest eye hospital (西南眼科医院, Chongqing, China). After completing his MD degree in China, he wanted to specialized in cornea thus he applied for a 2-year international research fellowship in the COOL Lab to study corneal surgeries and related clinical research. His application was approved in 2012 and he just completed the fellowship in 2014.

Chenxing’s research work focused on femtosecond laser-assisted corneal surgeries. During his 18 months stay, Chenxing finished one case report about INTACS complication and one journal article about inverted-side cut lamellar keratoplasty as the first author. Meanwhile, he observed varies types of corneal surgeries once every two weeks including PTK, Femto-LASIK, INTACS, IEK, and femtosecond laser-assisted anterior lamellar keratoplasty. He also worked laboratory and clinical studies related to LASIK nomogram design, anterior lamellar keratoplasty, and early keratoconus diagnosis.

Chenxing believes that the experience gained in the COOL Lab will not only be helpful in learning the latest surgical techniques in LASIK and laser-assisted corneal surgeries but also be helpful in future analysis of the large amount of clinical data on LASIK and keratoconus in the Southwest eye hospital.




May 2013 - ARVO Awards & Lectures

Dr. David Huang is presented with the Jonas Friedenwald Award at ARVO


Dr. David Huang was presented with the Jonas Friedenwald Award at ARVO's 2013 Annual Meetng held in Seattle, WA.  The Friedenwald  Award is presented annually by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) to recognize outstanding research in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology. 

Dr. Huang was presented wth the award after which he gave the Friedenwald Lecture and spoke on the topic of Structural and Functional Optical Coherence Tomography.  The lecture was followed by an award reception which was attended by many friends and colleagues.


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Also at ARVO, Dr. Huang's mentor and friend, Dr. James G. Fujimoto, gave the Champalimaud Award Lecture.

September 2012 - CONGRATULATIONS! to Dr. David Huang and Colleagues Who Received Prestigious Champalimaud Vision Award


David Huang, M.D., Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University, received the 2012 Champalimaud Vision Award during a ceremony held in Lisbon, Portugal, on September 14, 2012, along with colleagues James G. Fujimoto, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A, University of Southern California; Joel S. Schuman, M.D., FACS, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Eric A. Swanson, M.S., NinePoint Medical, Inc.; and David R. Williams, Ph.D., University of Rochester. 

The award was received for developing new approaches to visualizing the living human retina in health and disease: optical coherence tomography, or OCT, and adaptive optics technologies, or AO.   The award is often called the "Nobel Prize for Vision" and is the largest monetary prize in the field of vision and one of the largest scientific and humanitarian prizes in the world.


Dr. Huang explains the history and future of OCT in the video:

History and Future of OCT from an Inventor's Perspective


For more information on "The Invention of Optical Coherence Tomography" please see link below:

The Invention of Optical Coherence Tomography 


For more information on the Champalimaud Foundation please click:

Champalimaud award recognizes novel approashes to imaging the eye.




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Oregon Health & Science University (Press Release)


Advanced Imaging in Glaucoma Study