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Researchers develop new class of antibiotics to fight leading superbugs

March 29, 2018

In a significant advance against drug-resistant superbugs, investigators supported by the Harvard-wide Program on Antibiotic Resistance have identified a new class of synthetic antibiotics that have been shown to be effective against Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus. The newly discovered antibiotics could one day help treat deadly infections caused by these superbugs.

The research group, which included Michael Gilmore, PhD, Sir William Osler Professor of...

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Mass. Eye and Ear performs first FDA-approved gene therapy procedure for inherited disease

March 20, 2018

Boston, Mass. — Massachusetts Eye and Ear made medical history on Tuesday by performing the first post-FDA approval gene therapy for patients with a form of inherited blindness. The occasion marks the beginning of a new era in medicine, as it is the first time any FDA-approved gene therapy has been given to a patient for any inherited disease.

The treatment, commercially identified as Luxturna, was developed by Spark Therapeutics and ...

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Scientists, Advocates Team Up to Launch Odylia Therapeutics to Accelerate Gene Therapy Trials for Rare Conditions Causing Blindness

March 7, 2018

New nonprofit organization will bring treatments to clinical trial for people at risk for blindness due to ultra-rare inherited retinal diseases.

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Boston, Mass. — Scientists and advocates today announced the formation of ...

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Eli Peli, MSc, OD, to receive 2018 Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award

February 21, 2018

Eli Peli, MSc, OD, is the recipient of the 2018 Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award from Harvard Medical School. He will receive the award during a ceremony at Harvard Medical School on April 30, 2018.

The Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award was established to recognize faculty from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HMS/HSDM) who have made significant achievements in moving the Schools toward being a...

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Magali Saint-Geniez and Russell Woods champion vision research funding as participants in ARVO/NAEVR Advocacy Day

February 15, 2018

As part of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) Advocacy Day, Magali Saint-Geniez, PhD, and Russell Woods, PhD, two vision researchers from Schepens Eye Research Institute at Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Ophthalmology...

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Suzanne K. Freitag, MD, is Orbit Editor-in-Chief

January 31, 2018

Suzanne K. Freitag, MD, has been named Editor-in-Chief of Orbit, the International Journal on Orbital Disorders, Oculoplastic and Lacrimal Surgery, as of January 1, 2018.

Dr. Freitag joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School in 2011, and serves as the Director of the Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Service at Mass. Eye and Ear.   She is a founder and Co-Director of the Mass Eye and Ear Center for Thyroid Eye...

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Janey L. Wiggs, MD, PhD, receives ARVO Dr. David L. Epstein Award

January 30, 2018

Janey L. Wiggs, MD, PhD, Paul Austin Chandler Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, Associate Chief of Ophthalmology Clinical Research and Associate Director of the Howe Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, is the 2018 recipient of the Dr. David L. Epstein Award, an honor given by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Dr. Wiggs will receive the...

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Michael Gilmore, PhD, gives national and international lectures in December

December 21, 2017

Michael Gilmore, PhD, Sir William Osler Professor of Ophthalmology, gave two lectures in December. On December 5, he presented the Annual Neal Groman Lecture at the University of Washington, where he spoke on the origins of leading multidrug resistant hospital pathogens, the enterococci. The lecture memorialized the work and career of Professor Groman, who was among the first to study the ability of viruses to...

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Alex Bowers receives recognition at American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting

Alex Bowers receives recognition at American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting

November 15, 2017

Alex Bowers, PhD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, had a scientific abstract selected by the American Academy of Optometry as one of the top-10 most newsworthy from the 719 scientific abstracts submitted to this year's annual meeting in Chicago. Alex presented her abstract, "The effects of age and cognitive distraction on peripheral detection at intersections," at a press conference held during the meeting. 

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