Charles D. Kelman portrait photo

Remembering Charles D. Kelman, M.D

In the medical and scientific world, Charles D. Kelman, MD was known as “the father of phacoemulsification,” inventor extraordinaire, and a visionary pioneer whose technological ideas propelled the practice of ophthalmology into the realm of precision surgery. A 20th century Renaissance man, Dr. Kelman approached his varied interests with equal exuberance. A talented musician, he […]

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Alston Callahan portrait painting

Remembering Alston Callahan, MD, FACS

Alston Callahan, MD was an established pioneer of ophthalmic plastic surgery, having been thrust into the forefront of reconstructive surgery of the eyes during World War II. As chief of the ophthalmology service at Northington General Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, one of the five United States General Hospitals that were designated as eye centers, he […]

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Photo of Tia J. Kowal, PhD

2018 Loris and David Rich, MD Postdoctoral Scholar

Tia J. Kowal, PhD Stanford University Palo Alto, California Project Title: The Role of Primary Cilia for Retinal Ganglion Cells Palo Alto, California After graduating from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with a PhD in cell and molecular biology, Dr. Kowal began her postdoctoral career at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.  Her research interests are […]

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2018 Alston Callahan, MD Postdoctoral Scholar

Omar Moinuddin, MD University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Institute Project Title: Metabolic Activation to Prevent Photoreceptor Cell Death in a Preclinical Model of Macular Degeneration Dr. Moinuddin is embarking on his first year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, Kellogg Eye Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, after graduating from Oakland University William […]

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Right: Allie McBrayer, Dr. Laura Dreer, Director, UAB Connections; Sandra Blackwood, IRRF Executive Director; and Molly Cox, Connections Program Director.

UAB CONNECTIONS: Dedicated to the well-being of visually challenged individuals

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB): The IRRF is pleased to continue its support of UAB Connections, an innovative, facilitator-led psychoeducational support group for patients and their families living with vision loss. This program serves Alabamians with various eye diseases unlike any other eye care facility or traditional eye care efforts in Alabama or across […]

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The Eivor and Alston Callahan, MD, Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Dr. Grant (above) earned her medical degree from the University of Florida, where she also completed her residency.  She completed a research fellowship in the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism at the University of Florida and a research fellowship at The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

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Current Eye Research

ApoA-l Mimetic Peptide 4F Reduces Age-Related Lipid Deposition in Murine Bruch’s Membrane and Causes Its Structural Remodeling. (October 2017) Martin Rudolf, Armin Mir Mohi Sefata, Yoko Miuraa, Aysegül Tura, Walter Raasch, Mahdy Ranjbar, Salvatore Grisanti, Zouhair Aherrahrou, Anna Wagner, Jeffrey D. Messingee, David Garber, GM Anantharamaiah, and Christine A. Curcio. Department of Ophthalmology, University of Lübeck, Germany; […]

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N-myc regulates growth and fiber cell differentiation in lens development

Myc proto-oncogenes regulate diverse cellular processes during development, but their roles during morphogenesis of specific tissues are not fully understood. This study found that c-myc regulates cell proliferation in mouse lens development and previous genome-wide studies suggested functional roles for N-myc in developing lens. The role of N-myc was examined in mouse lens development. Genetic […]

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