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FFB Holds Meeting at Scheie

The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB), a major philanthropy which supports retinal degeneration research throughout the world, convened at the F.M. Kirby Center for Molecular Ophthalmology on September 19-20, 2006. The meeting began with a tour of the F.M. Kirby Center laboratories followed by brief presentations by four F.M. Kirby Center principal investigators whose research has been supported by the Foundation Fighting Blindness (Eric A. Pierce, MD, PhD, Jean Bennett, MD, PhD, Edward N. Pugh, Jr, PhD, and Samuel G. Jacobson, MD, PhD). Dr. Pierce serves as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Foundation.

Dr. Stuart L. Fine, Chair of the Penn’s Department of Ophthalmology and Director of the Scheie Eye Institute, moderated the scientific program and thanked the Foundation for its substantial long term and continuing support of retinal degeneration research at Penn, across the U.S., and around the world.

Heed Ophthalmic Foundation

On September 17 and 18, the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation sponsored a two-day retreat to inform 22 residents, nominated by their chairs, about careers in academic ophthalmology. The faculty included current K grant awardees, recent RO1 awardees, senior faculty members, and the Heed Trustees, with a balance between clinicians whose research is focused on laboratory research and clinical research. The retreat agenda consisted of topics geared to provide insight into what it takes to be successful in academic ophthalmology. The venue for the meeting was the Airlie Conference Center, about 35 miles southwest of Washington. Airlie was the site for the 1968 Symposium on the Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy which gave birth to the Airlie Classification of Diabetic Retinopathy. The Heed Foundation Trustees will evaluate the retreat during the AAO meeting this November and make plans for a follow up in 2007.

Scheie Faculty Deliver Prestigious Lectures at ARVO

Faculty from our F. M. Kirby Center for Molecular Ophthalmology delivered two of the three prestigious lectures at this year’s annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Edward N. Pugh, Jr., PhD, (along with Trevor Lamb, ScD, FRS, FAA, from Australia) delivered the Francis I. Proctor Lecture and Joshua L. Dunaief, MD, PhD, delivered the David Cogan Lecture. See the cover story on The Scheie Looking Glass Fall 2006 issue.

David M. Kozart's Memory Honored with Clinical Conference and Auditorium Naming

David M. Kozart's Memory Honored with Clinical Conference and Auditorium Naming

David M. Kozart’s Memory Honored with Clinical Conference and Auditorium Naming

On March 4, 2006, Scheie Eye Institute conducted a clinical conference and dedicated its teaching auditorium to honor the memory of long time faculty member and esteemed colleague, David M. Kozart, MD, who passed away in March 2005.

Former Scheie Resident Presents at AUPO/RPB Forum

Newman Sund, MD, PhD, who recently completed his residency in ophthalmology at Scheie, was honored at the annual meeting of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology during the AUPO/RPB Resident and Fellow Research Forum. Dr. Sund presented his work on retinal oxygen imaging in mice using phosphorescence.

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