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Recent grants - January 2017

January 26, 2017

As part of the National Eye Institute Audacious Goals Initiative, the National Institutes of Health awarded $12.4 million to six research teams to identify biological factors that affect neural regeneration in the retina. Larry Benowitz, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital, and colleagues at Stanford University and the Scripps Research Institute, received funding to support their research toward the molecular discovery of optic nerve injury. By...

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Researchers identify factors responsible for chronic nature of autoimmune disease

Researchers identify factors responsible for chronic nature of autoimmune disease

January 4, 2017

Boston, Mass. — Researchers from Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear have uncovered two factors responsible for the chronic, lifelong nature of autoimmune disorders, which tend to “flare up” intermittently in affected patients. These two factors are cell-signaling proteins called cytokines—specifically Interleukin-7 and -15 (IL-7 and IL-15)—that are secreted by cells of the immune system and help modulate memory Th17 cells, a subset of T cells which are known to contribute to autoimmune disorders. Until now, it was unclear how Th17 cells...

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Luk Vandenberghe

Luk H. Vandenberghe, PhD, receives RPB Nelson Trust Award for Retinitis Pigmentosa

December 21, 2016

Boston, Mass. — Luk H. Vandenberghe, PhD, Director of the Grousbeck Gene Therapy Center at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, has been awarded a Nelson Trust Award for Retinitis Pigmentosa by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) in the amount of $100,000 over two years. The Nelson Trust Award was established to stimulate, strengthen and accelerate research to improve...

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New glasses may help minimize peripheral vision loss

New glasses may help minimize peripheral vision loss

December 19, 2016

Information for this release was provided by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Rockville, Md. — Vision scientists may have discovered how to reduce pedestrian collisions in crowded and chaotic open space environments like bus terminals, shopping malls and city plazas involving individuals with partial blindness. Researchers have determined from which direction collisions with partially blind pedestrians are most likely to originate. This understanding will guide the development of new glasses that expand the sight of a person...

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Mass. Eye and Ear opens multidisciplinary center for thyroid eye disease and orbital surgery

Mass. Eye and Ear opens multidisciplinary center for thyroid eye disease and orbital surgery

December 14, 2016

Boston, Mass. — Massachusetts Eye and Ear recently opened the Center for Thyroid Eye Disease and Orbital Surgery, a multidisciplinary initiative to address complex conditions affecting the eye sockets, including orbital tumors and thyroid eye disease. Led by world-renowned experts with...

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Amy Watts receives Norman Knight Award

Amy Watts receives Norman Knight Award

December 14, 2016

Amy Watts, OD, received the 2016 Norman Knight Leadership Development Award in Ophthalmology. This award provides important financial support for promising young physicians.

Expanded Mass. Eye and Ear’s Optometry and Contact Lens Service

The service has more than tripled in size under her leadership. It includes nine optometrists across the main campus and Longwood, Stoneham, and Waltham outpatient offices. It has expanded to...

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Dr. Petr Baranov Discusses Vision Research with Congress

Dr. Petr Baranov Discusses Vision Research with Congress

November 30, 2016

As part of the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) Emerging Vision Scientists Program, Petr Baranov, MD, PhD, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear, met with Congress members and their legislators on September 14, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to advocate for vision research.  

The major topic for this year’s event was potential treatments for age-...

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November 2016 Awards and Honors

November 29, 2016

Lloyd Paul Aiello, MD, PhD, presented the Inaugural Kresge Eye Institute Robert N. Frank Clinical Translational Lecture, "From the Edges to the Depths of the Retina: Changing the Care of Diabetic Eye Disease through Translational Research & Advanced Retinal Imaging," on October 28, 2016 at the 3rd Annual Vision Research Day at Wayne State Medical School in Detroit, MI.  

Ambika Hoguet, MD, received a Mentoring for the Advancement of...

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AAO

2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting – Harvard Ophthalmology Highlights

November 2, 2016

On October 15-18, 2016 (with subspecialty days from October 14-15), the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons met in Chicago for the 2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting. Harvard Ophthalmology was well-represented, with more than 40 faculty members presenting lectures; moderating sessions; and instructing workshops, laboratory sessions, and courses on subspecialty topics. At the annual Harvard Ophthalmology Alumni Reception, held Sunday, nearly 200 alumni, friends, faculty, and trainees gathered for an evening of networking, socializing, and...

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Joan W. Miller

Joan W. Miller, MD Inducted into the National Academy of Medicine

October 20, 2016

Joan W. Miller, MD, the Henry Willard Williams Professor of Ophthalmology and Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, and Chief of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital, was inducted into the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM) on October 15, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Miller is an internationally recognized expert on retinal disorders, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinal degenerations...

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Mass. Eye and Ear offering new treatment to stop progressive vision loss in patients with keratoconus

October 12, 2016

Ophthalmologists at Mass. Eye and Ear among the most experienced nationwide with newly FDA-approved corneal cross-linking procedure

Boston, Mass. — Ophthalmologists at Massachusetts Eye and Ear are currently accepting patients who may be candidates for a newly FDA-approved outpatient procedure known as “corneal cross-linking.” Corneal cross-linking is a stabilizing treatment to halt the progression of keratoconus, a...

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AAO Awards for Harvard Faculty and Alumni

AAO Awards for Harvard Faculty and Alumni

October 10, 2016

Congratulations to the Harvard Ophthalmology faculty and alumni who are receiving America Academy Ophthalmology awards for their outstanding contributions to ophthalmology through vision research, education, and service.

Laureate Recognition Award

The Laureate Recognition Award, the Academy’s single highest honor, goes to Matthew D. Davis, MD, for his seminal contributions to ophthalmology. These include: establishing gold standards for conducting clinical studies; pioneering many...

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