Prof. Mario Stirpe’s dedication to scientific research was the cornerstone of his personal and professional life. The extraordinary results he achieved and his tenacious commitment to making these results available for all patients suffering from serious eye diseases are the reasons why the ATENA Onlus Association, founded and presided by Prof. Giulio Maira, decided to grant the 2011 Premio Roma award to Prof. Mario Stirpe, in light of his contributions to scientific progress over the course of his lifetime.