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Major gift 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.

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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.

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Vanderbilt experts offer tips for good eye health

Aug. 26, 2022—Vanderbilt experts offer tips for good vision health during Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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HOSA competition

Jul. 7, 2022—Nashville was the host city for the recent Health Occupations Students of America leadership conference and the Vanderbilt Eye Institute was invited to host a competition.

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Vanderbilt Eye Institute debuts new Murfreesboro location

Mar. 28, 2022—Vanderbilt Eye Institute (VEI) and local dignitaries came together last week for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of VEI’s new location in Murfreesboro.

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Discovery Lecture featuring Sánchez Alvarado returns to in-person format

Mar. 17, 2022—Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, PhD, executive director and chief scientific officer of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri, will discuss tissue regeneration at the next Discovery Lecture, in person on Thursday, March 24 in 208 Light Hall.

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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.

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Learning about PAVE

Feb. 17, 2022—Brad Turner, Commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (back row, second from right), recently visited the Vanderbilt Eye Institute to learn about the PAVE (Providing Access to the Visual Environment) program.

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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...

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