On Wednesday, Feb. 5, Rohit Varma, M.D., M.P.H. was named as the chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and the director of the USC Eye Institute. Varma was previously a professor at the Keck School of USC, as well as a director of the clinical trials unit, the glaucoma service, and ocular epidemiology.Rohit Varma, M.D., M.P.H. Photo courtesy of Van Urfalian.Varma will also be an associate dean with the Keck School of Medicine. He is known for his research in a multitude of eye studies, including the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES) and the African-American Eye Disease Study. Varma is also known for his ability to work with new imaging techniques used in the treatment and detection of glaucoma.Varma has worked on developing imagining techniques to help with the early diagnosis of glaucoma caused by optic nerve damage. Varma was also a pioneer in developing implantable intraocular pressure (IOP) sensors and drainage devices used to control and possibly cure glaucoma. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, glaucoma one of the leading cause of blindness.In addition, Varma has been published in more than 219 ophthalmic journals, and was a co-wrote Essentials of Eye Care: The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Handbook and The Optic Nerve in Glaucoma. He has been awarded the Glaucoma Research Foundation President’s Award and he was named a Sybil B. Harrington Scholar.Varma completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after receiving his medical degree from the University of Delhi in India. He also has a master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Varma also finished two glaucoma fellowships, one from the Wills Eye Hospital and one from USC.Mark S. Humayun, M.D., Ph.D. will continue as co-director for the USC Eye Institute, as well as the director of the Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics.
August 29, 2020
Old Spice has ventured into esports once more by becoming the official sponsor for the North American region of Overwatch Contenders.This region is perhaps the most popular of the seven that will compete, especially since a number of Overwatch League teams have academy teams competing there. Other NA teams include the academy teams for Philadelphia Fusion, San Francisco Shock, Houston Outlaws, Boston Uprising, New York Excelsior, Florida Mayhem, and Los Angeles Gladiators.The North American division of Overwatch Contenders began on March 11, and it sees aspiring professional players face off against each other with the hopes of competing in the Overwatch League. Just like in the other regions, 12 North American teams will compete in three seasons each year, followed by regional playoffs.Blizzard had already brought in some well-known brands as sponsors for the Overwatch League, such as Toyota, T-Mobile, and Sour Patch Kids. Each franchise within the league can have its own roster of sponsors, just like Los Angeles Valiant’s jersey sponsorship with Ash vs Evil Dead.To celebrate this new sponsorship, Old Spice aired an advert during the Contenders stream. This ad in particular is just another in a long line of creative, chuckle-inducing videos – it tailors to hands, which are obviously a gamer’s most vital tools. As you can see below, it advertises the Old Spice Hand Gym!Esports Insider says: The Overwatch League has proved a success thus far in terms of popularity and viewership, so we see why Old Spice decided to get involved in some capacity. Overwatch Contenders is a promising concept, and the fact they’ve chosen the most popular region makes a lot of sense. It’s a solid pick-up for the league.