• Vision Research – Past Recipients

    The research scientists were awarded grants for their innovative research and recognition for their work in the areas of macular degeneration, gene therapy, stem cell research and neuroscience of visual pathways. They each display potential for making significant progress in understanding root causes of blindness and developing cures. Each candidate was awarded $240,000 for a three-year funding period.


    Andrew F.X. Goldberg, PhD
    Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Oakland University

    Research: “Novel Assay and Screen for Protein Interactions Linking Photoreceptor Structure and Viability”
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    Brian A. Link, PhD
    Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Medical College of Wisconsin

    Research: “Polarized endocytosis in retinal development and disease”
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    Ruth Ashery-Padan, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Research: “Investigating the molecular basis of visual system development”
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    Joseph Carroll, PhD
    Associate Professor, Departments of Ophthalmology, Biophysics, and Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin

    Research: “Uncovering mechanisms of retinal disease with high-resolution retinal imaging”
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    Jeff Gross, PhD
    Associate Professor, Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, Institute for Neuroscience, University of Texas at Austin

    Research: “A Genetic and Molecular Analysis of Choroid Fissure Morphogenesis in the zebrafish eye”
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    Tiffany Cook, PhD
    Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Developmental Biology Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    Research: “Understanding photoreceptor development – a blueprint for preventing retinal degeneration”
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    Hui Sun, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Jules Stein Eye Institute Early Career Scientist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

    Research: “Mechanism of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase/macular degeneration”
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    Joshua Weiner, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Biology, The University of Iowa

    Research: “ALCAM-adhesion in development of choroid and ocular structure.”
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