Matthew Simunovic, MD

2023 IRRF/Macula Society Grantee Matthew Simunovic, MD

Matthew Simunovic, MD Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney, Australia Collagen Bioglue for Retinal Detachment Repair Matthew Simunovic is Professor Ophthalmology & Visual Science at the Save Sight Institute where he leads the Retinal Disease and Rescue Group.  Additionally, he is a senior consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Sydney Eye Hospital and The Sydney Children’s Hospitals […]

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2023 Retina Society/IRRF Awardee Andrew Browne, MD, PhD

Andrew Browne, MD, PhD Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology Gavin Herbert Eye Institute University of California Irvine Project Title:  An Imaging Assay to Objectively Quantify Dark Adaptometry With a Gradient Photobleach Recovery Assay Rod-mediated dark adaptometry is the most reliable subjective assay of visual function that can distinguish normal aging from early and intermediate macular degeneration.  This […]

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2023 Retina Society/IRRF Awardee Thomas Wubben, MD, PhD

Thomas Wubben, MD, PhD Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Science University of Michigan Project Title:  Photoreceptor Protection Via Metabolic Targeting of the Integrated Stress Response Understanding the metabolic underpinnings that orchestrate stress pathway activation in photoreceptors is critical to creating innovative, therapeutic strategies for retinal degenerative diseases.  This proposal will identify the link between metabolic […]

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2023 Retina Society/IRRF Awardee Glenn Yiu, MD

Glenn Yiu, MD, PhD Director, Tele-Ophthalmology Professor, Department of Ophthalmology University of California Davis Project Title:  Photoreceptor Reprogramming in an Optogenetic Model of Geographic Atrophy Chronic oxidative retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) damage in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) leads to damage to rod photoreceptors and scotopic function loss in early disease, and later involve cones in […]

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2022 Alston Callahan, MD Postdoctoral Scholar

Shintaro Shirahama, MD, PhD Schepens Eye Research Institute Harvard Medical School PROJECT TITLE: Development of a novel transplant-independent therapy for retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) dysfunction using epigenetic reprogramming of RPE stem cells Dr. Shirahama has a strong background in ocular inflammatory diseases, including infectious and non-infectious uveitis. After graduating from medical school in Japan, Dr. […]

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2022 Loris and David Rich Postdoctoral Scholar

So Goto, MD, PhD University of California Berkeley School of Optometry So Goto, MD, PhD, has been selected as the 2022 Loris and David Rich Postdoctoral Scholar for his project, Role of retinal pigment epithelium in choroidal thickness modulation and myopia maculopathy. After receiving a Bachelor of Medicine (MD) from Kanazawa University School of Medicine […]

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2021 Charles D. Kelman, MD Postdoctoral Scholar

MARCUS J. HOOPER, PhD PROJECT TITLE: CRISPR-mediated Müller glial reprogramming Dr. Hooper received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology from Eastern Washington University, and then completed his PhD at University of Florida in chemistry and biology.  A postdoctoral fellowship followed from University of Washington in Seattle.  Dr. Hooper’s research interests have focused on preventing, […]

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2022 Robert Machemer MD and International Retinal Research Foundation Fellowship

The Robert Machemer Foundation has awarded the 2022 Robert Machemer MD and International Retinal Research Foundation Fellowship to The Shiley Eye Institute in support of Christopher Brian Toomey, MD, PhD with the mentorship of Professor Jeffrey D. Esko. Dr. Toomey’s research project is entitled, Ultrastructural Glycomics Analysis of Bruch’s Membrane in Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) […]

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