Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Archives
Wallace named as VUMC’s New Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
May. 4, 2023—David Wallace, MD, MPH, has been named as the new chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and director of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute.
Low vision initiative for children lands new funding
Oct. 27, 2022—Vanderbilt's Project PAVE has received funding from the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to continue the program that has provided low-vision evaluations for more than 2,150 school-age children in Tennessee since 1993.
Opening a window to glaucoma
Oct. 10, 2022—A metalloprotease enzyme plays an important role in retinal ganglion cell development, Vanderbilt researchers discovered; studying it and other family members may lead to the identification of novel targets for treating glaucoma.
Major commitment bolsters Vanderbilt’s retinal vision research efforts
Sep. 22, 2022—A $10 million gift from the International Retinal Research Foundation will establish a center dedicated to retinal vision research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute and a directorship to support a physician-scientist leader in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
Calkins lands national award for research on blinding eye diseases
Sep. 8, 2022—Vanderbilt's David Calkins, PhD, has been selected by the Research to Prevent Blindness and Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology to receive the 2023 David F. Weeks Award for Outstanding Vision Research.
Sternberg to step down after two decades at Vanderbilt
Aug. 16, 2022—Paul Sternberg Jr., MD, is stepping down from his role as chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and director of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, effective June 30, 2023.
Mitochondria and retinal degeneration
Aug. 15, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers have developed a new cellular model for exploring mitochondrial dysfunction in age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over 65.
New program helps low-vision patients more safely navigate their home environments
Jul. 14, 2022— by Nancy Humphrey Thomas Scott, who is legally blind and lives alone, had trouble getting around his home. Navigating stairs was difficult, and the lighting in his home wasn’t ideal. To make matters worse, the 73-year-old southeast Nashville man doesn’t have the best balance. But thanks to a collaborative effort and pilot program between...
New Clinician Spotlight: Avni Finn
Feb. 28, 2022—Avni Finn, MD, MBA, a retina surgeon, has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Vanderbilt Eye Institute as assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
Vision foundation’s longtime support key to Penn’s research efforts
Dec. 9, 2021— by Nancy Humphrey John S. Penn, PhD, has been named the inaugural holder of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation (KTEF) Directorship in Pediatric Vision Research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute in honor of his contributions to the foundation and the field of vision research. Penn’s connection with the KTEF, which is committed to supporting...
Gift creates directorship in translational vision research
Sep. 9, 2021—Marlene and Spencer Hays’ longtime support of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute includes the recent commitment to establish the Marlene & Spencer Hays Directorship in Translational Vision Research.
Law receives award for ophthalmology education excellence
Sep. 9, 2021—Vanderbilt’s Janice Law, MD, has been named to receive the Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education from the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO)/American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).