Dr. M. Elizabeth Hartnett, MD is a clinician, scientist and retina surgeon who has made advancements in understanding the basic mechanisms of how blindness occurs. She currently holds the Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch Presidential Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. She is an Adjunct Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy and Pediatrics at the University of Utah.
Through the Eye of an Artist
Dr. Krzysztof (Kris) Palczewski is Professor at the University of California, Irvine. He is The Leopold Chair and the funding member of the Center for Translational Vision Research at Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. He is a vision scientist, internationally recognized for his contributions to: Understanding the basic molecular events that initiate vision and discovering new drugs to treat blinding eye disease.
Taking Back Sight
Dr. Mark Humayun, MD, PhD, led his team of researchers to create the world’s first artificial retina, the Argus II. In 2016, he received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama for his pioneering work. He currently serves as the Cornelius J. Pings Chair in Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering and Integrative Anatomical Sciences, Director of the Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics and Director of the USC Roski Eye Institute.
A Candle in the Distance
This is the story of Dr. Anthony Easley’s emotional and courageous journey, from sight to blindness to sight again. Receiving innovative microincisional retina surgery techniques, we rejoice in his restored vision thought to be lost forever. This moving documentary demonstrates the unique ability of film and the visual arts to tell impactful stories of vision and the visual sciences. In 2017, this film was awarded best short documentary at the Short Sweet film fest.
This year the Future Vision Foundation will be presenting the Luminary Award to Dr. Hunter Cherwek of ORBIS International. Orbis International is an international non-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide. Its programs focus on the prevention of blindness and the treatment of blinding eye diseases in developing countries through hands-on training, public health education, advocacy and local partnerships.
Dr. Seddon is a world-renowned retina specialist and genetic epidemiologist. She completed Harvard fellowships in Ophthalmic Pathology and Vitreoretinal Surgery, and she founded Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Genetics Services at two institutions in Boston, Harvard and Tufts. Dr. Seddon specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with retinal dystrophies and degenerations, including macular degeneration, Stargardt Disease, Best Disease, high myopia as well as other macular disorders.
The Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, studies Graves’ disease, its ocular manifestations, and related autoimmune diseases. Dr. Smith’s laboratory has described many unique molecular attributes of tissues surrounding the eye that make the orbit susceptible to inflammation and remodeling in Graves' disease.
Dr. David Huang is the Peterson Professor of Ophthalmology and a professor of biomedical engineering at the Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Dr. Huang earned BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from MIT, and MD-PhD degrees from the joint Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program. Dr. Huang is known for his innovations in applying laser and optical technology to eye diseases. Dr. Huang is a co-inventor of optical coherence tomography (OCT).