“The thing about glaucoma is you don’t feel worse. You don’t feel anything,” says patient Patricia Caulfield, who experienced significant vision loss as a result of the disease. Now stable following the care she received at Wilmer, Caulfield is pursuing a lifelong love of art and creating awareness about glaucoma.
While some patients’ glaucoma remains stable over time with treatment, others’ progresses to severe disease and vision loss. Now, a research collaboration between Wilmer and the Johns Hopkins University Department of Mechanical Engineering is aimed at understanding why. We spoke with Harry Quigley, M.D., the A. Edward Maumenee Professor of Ophthalmology, to learn more.
Alvin Liu, M.D., director of the Wilmer Precision Ophthalmology Center of Excellence, was featured in an article in Fundamentals about a new NIH consortium aimed at generating ethically sourced, AI-ready data sets. He and Megan Collins, M.D., M.P.H., the Allan and Claire Jensen Professor of Ophthalmology, are co-leaders of the AI-READI consortium’s ethics section.
From Oct. 4-7, Wilmer Eye Institute hosted the World Association of Eye Hospitals Annual Meeting. The association represents ophthalmic centers of excellence from over 55 countries and meets annually to present research and foster collaboration on eye hospital management, research, education and patient care. Wilmer administrator Cathy Kowalewski, pictured above,is chair of WAEH.
Johnson Becomes Inaugural Shelley and Allan Holt Rising Professor of Ophthalmology
On Nov. 2, Thomas V. Johnson III, M.D., Ph.D.was celebrated as the inaugural recipient of the Shelley and Allan Holt Rising Professorship in Ophthalmology. A dedication ceremony was held at the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Building. Speakers and dignitaries included Wilmer Director Peter J. McDonnell, M.D., the William Holland Wilmer Professor Ophthalmology and director of Wilmer Eye Institute; Harry Quigley, M.D., the A. Edward Maumenee Professor of Ophthalmology; and Landon King, M.D., Executive Vice Dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the Smith atrium.
(From left to right) Landon King, M.D.; Allan and Shelley Holt; Thomas V. Johnson III, M.D., Ph.D.; Trustee Charles P. Scheeler, Esq.; and Peter J. McDonnell, M.D.
On Nov. 1, Vision for Baltimore distributed its 10,000th pair of eyeglasses to Baltimore City Public Schools students during a ceremony in the East Baltimore school’s library. The program provides vision screenings, eye exams and eyeglasses to students.
Wilmer pediatric ophthalmologist Megan Collins, M.D., M.P.H., the Allan and Claire Jensen Professor of Ophthalmology (right), leads Johns Hopkins involvement in the program, a partnership between Wilmer Eye Institute, the Center for Research and Reform in Education at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, Baltimore City Public Schools, the Baltimore City Health Department, direct-to-consumer lifestyle brand Warby Parker and national nonprofit Vision To Learn.
Collins is pictured with (from left to right) Baltimore mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore City Public School System CEO Sonja B. Santelises, Baltimore health commissioner Letitia Dzirasa and Johns Hopkins University president Ronald J. Daniels.
Akpek Explores Relationship Between Treatments for Glaucoma and Ocular Surface Disease
Esen Akpek, M.D., the Bendann Family Professor of Ophthalmology, and colleagues reviewed what is known about the relationship between glaucoma and ocular surface disease in terms of the effects of treatment for one on the other. The results were published in Clinical Ophthalmology.
Blackshaw and Colleagues Establish Proof-of-Concept for Novel Gene Therapy Delivery
A team of researchers, including Seth Blackshaw, Ph.D.; Mandeep Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., the Andreas Dracopoulos Professor of Ophthalmology; and Fatemeh Rajaii, M.D., Ph.D., the Odd Fellows Rising Professor of Ophthalmology, successfully used a cell’s natural process for making proteins to “slide” genetic instructions into a cell and produce critical proteins missing from those cells. The work may represent a new method for targeting specific cell types for a variety of disorders, including some forms of blindness. The results were published in Nature Communications.
Handa Team IDs Therapeutic Target for Early AMD
A team led by James Handa, M.D., Division Chief of Retina and the Robert Bond Welch, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology, elucidated the role of an understudied aspect of the RPE cell signaling network in age-related macular degeneration, offering potential therapy for early AMD—a stage without treatment. The work was published in Autophagy.
Wilmer Clinician-Scientist K12 Program Seeking Candidates
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Newsletter Wilmer Eye Institute – Full member of the WAEH
Dear friends and colleagues, September is always a busy time, with students returning to classes, the days growing shorter and ophthalmology meetings taking place with increasing frequency. In this issue, we look at some of the places our faculty members have been recently and some of the exciting research and knowledge they’ve been sharing. Don’t […]
Global eye hospital specialists converge on Melbourne
The 17th World Association of Eye Hospitals (WAEH) annual meeting 11 and 12 October The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (Eye and Ear) is gearing up to host a gathering of eye hospital professionals from around the globe as part of the WAEH annual meeting. Founded in 2007 by eight leading eye hospitals and departments, […]
Certificate Course on Community Outreach and Social Marketing of Eye Care
November 16 – December 4, 2023 – In-person course at LAICO, Madurai, India Course will help your outreach staff to learn how to conduct an effective outreach programme. Participants will learn to establish processes and systems for effective planning, execution and monitoring of an outreach programme This in-person course combines didactic sessions, field visits, community […]
The Lions Eye Donation Service (LEDS) is a world leading non-profit eye bank responsible for stewarding the end-of-life eye donations, of Victorian donors, toward transplantation, research and training. We offer a comprehensive donation medical service, from referral and consent, to donation, medical suitability determination, surgical retrieval, evaluation, preservation and allocation of human ocular tissue. Since inception, […]
Meet Dr. Tom Edwards! He is a Melbourne-based vitreoretinal surgeon who also leads a research team investigating retinal gene therapy at the University of Melbourne affiliated Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) based at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital. Dr. Edwards is working on a number of research projects, including an ongoing world […]