2019 future Vision Awards- Laureate Press Release


Future Vision Foundation Selects 2019 Vision Research Laureates

 Cleveland, OH – May 1, 2019 – The Future Vision Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization founded to showcase and celebrate breakthroughs in vision research, has selected ophthalmology scientists David Huang; Johanna M. Seddon; and Terry J. Smith as recipients of the 2019 Future Vision Award.

The Foundation celebrates each Laureate’s contributions by producing a documentary film that illustrates their journey, research discoveries, and its impact on alleviating suffering from eye disease.

The films will premiere at the Future Vision Award ceremony at the Cleveland Museum of Art, on November 2, 2019 and be shown at major events around the world. Laureates will be able to show these films to raise awareness and foster additional funding for their research.

“There has never been a more hopeful time in vision research,” says Dr. Suber Huang, MD, MBA; President, CEO and Co-founder, Future Vision Foundation and Chair, National Eye Health Education Committee of the National Eye Institute. “These powerful films will be shared around the world, they narrate the stories of breakthrough discovery, hope for patients and highlight the need for funding to find new cures for blindness.” 

Foundation Co-founder Jennifer Deutsch, Chief Marketing Officer at Cleveland-based Park Place Technologies notes, “As the first foundation to partner the medical community and the film industry, our mission is to leverage visual storytelling to showcase how medical innovations can change lives and improve the quality of life for those whose vision has been compromised”.

Laureate David Huang, MD, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University focuses on innovations in applying laser and optical technology to eye diseases. Dr. Huang is the co-inventor of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), the most commonly used ophthalmic imaging technology at 30 million procedures per year. His seminal article on OTC has been cited over 13,000 times. Dr. Huang’s work is recognized as one of the most influential in the history of Ophthalmology.

Laureate Johanna M. Seddon, MD, ScM, is Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Retina Service and Macular Degeneration Center of Excellence in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Seddon has made groundbreaking discoveries in epidemiologic and genetic determinants of the leading cause of visual impairment, age-related macular degeneration (AMD): the first reports of the beneficial effect of dietary lutein, zeaxanthin and omega 3 fatty acids, and adverse effects of trans fats, abdominal adiposity and smoking on progression of the disease; and discovery of many of the confirmed AMD genetic variants and pathways, including the first causal, rare variant with high impact. She has authored over 250 papers and co-authored the book Eat Right for Your Sight. She has received numerous NIH and foundation grants and prestigious awards for her pioneering research and impact on the management of AMD worldwide. 

Laureate Terry J. Smith, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan – has made novel discoveries in the treatment of thyroid-related eye problems. Dr. Smith investigated insulin and its role in treating thyroid conditions like Graves Disease – a disfiguring disease and potential cause of blindness. His prestigious awards include the Endocrine Society-Pfizer International Award for Excellence in Published Research.

For further information on Future Vision Foundation, 2019 award ceremony and to view prior FV Award documentaries, please visit our website, www.futurevisionfound.org

Media Contacts

Future Vision Foundation 

Suber S. Huang, MD, MBA                                                                               Jessica Pietropinto

President                                                                                                                   Executive Director 

216-382-3366 (main)                                                                                        216-382-3366 (main)

drhuang.fvf@gmail.com                                                                                   Jpietropinto.fvf@gmail.com

Llura "Lulie" and Gordon Gund Press Release


Llura “Lulie” and Gordon Gund to be Honored at Future Vision Foundation Awards

Lulie and Gordon Gund will be the recipients of the Luminary Award at the inaugural Future Vision Awards ceremony. The event will be held at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 pm. There will be a pre and post-event party for sponsors and honorees. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

The Luminary Award goes to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to advance vision research. Three other individuals will be recognized for their research breakthroughs. The evening will feature a showing of The Illumination, a film made by the Nantucket Project that brings to life the Gund’s extraordinary partnership and their commitment to finding a cure for blindness. The evening will also highlight the premier of three films about this year’s Future Vision honorees.

In 1970, Gordon Gund lost his sight from retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Then, in 1971 along with Lulie and others they co-founded the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) to drive research to find treatments and cures for retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration, and allied retinal degenerative diseases, which as a group, affect the vision of more than 10 million people in the United States alone and many times that number worldwide. He chaired the FFB for 45 years and now serves as its chairman emeritus. The FFB is the world’s largest non-governmental source of research funding for retinal degenerative diseases. 

Lulie Gund is currently President of the New Jersey Chapter of The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). The New Jersey Chapter, the Foundation’s first chapter, was established in Princeton, NJ in 1972. She also serves as a member of FFB’s national Board of Trustees. Lulie received the American Foundation for the Blind Migel Medal, March, 2016; The Spirit of Helen Keller Award, Helen Keller International, May 14, 2008; and an honorary doctorate from the University of Vermont in 1995.

Gund is the Chairman & CEO of Gund Investment Corporation in Princeton, NJ. He is the former majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team and was chairman of the NBA Board of Governors from 1996-1999. He is a former owner of three NHL teams, the Cleveland Barons, the Minnesota North Stars, and the San Jose Sharks. He was chairman of the NHL Executive Committee (1982-1990) and is a former member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. 

In addition to his business/philanthropic interests, Gund is an active sculptor. His works are on permanent display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ. 

For more information, see trailers of the films being featured, and to purchase tickets for the Future Vision Awards, go to futurevisionfound.org. The mission of the Future Vision Foundation is to inspire and celebrate breakthroughs in vision research through powerful documentaries of discovery, impact, and hope. For additional information please contact Jessica Pietropinto at 216.382.3366.

Future Vision Foundation Press Release

Future Vision Foundation Hosts Inaugural Awards Ceremony as a Cinematic Celebration of Vision


2018 Future Vision Awards honors three medical innovators for breakthroughs in vision science

Cleveland, OH – October 15, 2018 – Future Vision Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, will host its inaugural 2018 Future Vision Awards Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Cleveland Museum of Art as a cinematic celebration of vision. The ceremony will honor three extraordinary researchers and premier powerful documentary films that have been created to showcase each of the honorees’ groundbreaking research efforts. 

Future Vision Foundation was founded to showcase the work of those who are making breakthroughs in vision research. For each honoree, the Foundation funds the production of a documentary film that that illustrates the nature of their innovations, the importance of discovery, and highlight the potential to alleviate suffering from eye disease. The films will go on to be shown at major events around the world and honorees will be able to use them to raise awareness and secure additional funding for their research. Dr. M. Elizabeth Hartnett, Dr. Krzysztof Palczewski, and Dr. Mark S. Humayun, are the Foundation’s inaugural honorees. 

“People often ask me why more is not being done to restore vision or to prevent vision loss” says Dr. Suber Huang, MD, MBA; President and CEO, Future Vision Foundation and Chair, National Eye Health Education Committee of the National Eye Institute. “Countless researchers have dedicated their lives to searching for new treatments. I was inspired to create this foundation to raise awareness and philanthropy for the breakthrough innovations, to provide hope for those losing sight, and to accelerate new cures. 

Dr. Huang was inspired to start the foundation after he produced the award-winning short film, Seven Years of Darkness, which followed Dr. Anthony Easley’s emotional and courageous journey, from sight to blindness to sight again. The overwhelming reception to his film inspired him to do more, and in 2017 he teamed with Jennifer Deutsch honors the legacy of her recently deceased father, Dr. Frederic Deutsch, who was recognized globally for his many pioneering discoveries and innovation in Ophthalmology.

“As the first foundation to partner the medical community and the film industry, our mission is to leverage visual storytelling to showcase how medical innovations can change lives and improve the quality of life for those who can’t see,” said co-founder Jennifer Deutsch, and Chief Marketing Officer at Cleveland-based Park Place Technologies.

Celebrating Groundbreaking Vision Research

This year’s honorees represent innovative accomplishments from around the world: 

Dr. 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.

Dr. Palczewski, PhD, is a world-renowned chemist, pharmacologist and vision scientist best known for his discovery of the structure of rhodopsin, a biological pigment which enables vision in low-light conditions. Dr. Palczewski is the John H. Hord Professor and Chair of Pharmacology at the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine.

Dr. Humayun, MD, PhD, led a team of researchers in creating the world’s first artificial retina. In 2016, he received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama for his innovative work and development of the Argus II. 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. 

Additionally, the Foundation will celebrate the work of Gordon Gund, businessman and minority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who established the organization, Foundation Fighting Blindness. His own experience with vision loss is featured in the documentary “The Illumination,” which will also be screened at the awards ceremony. 

For those who wish to join this cinematic celebration of vision, standard admission and VIP tickets are available online at https://futurevisionfound.org/. For sponsorship information, visit https://futurevisionfound.org/sponsorship-information.  

Tickets for local schools at STEM programs can be obtained at a discount by visiting www.futurevisionfound.org or by email at futurevisionfoundation.fvf@gmail.com

About Future Vision Foundation

Future Vision Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization co-created in February 2017 by Jennifer Deutsch, Chief Marketing Officer at Park Place Technologies and Dr. Suber Huang, an internationally-recognized ophthalmologist and Retina Hall of Fame inductee. Its mission is to inspire innovative vision research and celebrate breakthrough vision advances through powerful documentaries of discovery, impact, and hope.

Media Contacts:

Future Vision Foundation

Suber S. Huang, MD, MBA

Ph: 216.382.3366

Email: drhuang.fvf@gmail.com

KWT Global for Future Vision Foundation

Dara Cothran

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