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Glaucoma 360 Annual Gala

February 10, 2022

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Join us for the Glaucoma 360 Annual Gala:

Celebrating the Catalyst for a Cure: 20 Years of Discovery

February 10, 2022
Grand Hyatt
San Francisco
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

It's time to celebrate! Mark your calendars for Glaucoma Research Foundation’s Annual Gala on February 10, 2022 at the Grand Hyatt Union Square in San Francisco.

Next year marks the 20th year of the first Catalyst for a Cure research consortium. Join us as we celebrate the scientists, advisors, donors, and volunteers who joined together to advance the field of glaucoma and bring us closer to our mission to cure glaucoma and restore vision.

It would mean so much to have you join us for this very special evening.

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Our 2022 Honorees


The Catalyst Award
Ronald L. Fellman, MD
Glaucoma Associates of Texas and The Cure Glaucoma Foundation

Ronald L. Fellman, MD joined the Glaucoma Associates of Texas in 1983 after completing his glaucoma fellowship at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. His commitment to caring for patients with glaucoma is evident by his research endeavors and patient advocacy for more than 30 years. In 2014, he joined his colleagues by establishing The Cure Glaucoma Foundation to make a global impact in glaucoma research and care. In addition to global medical trips and surgical training efforts, The Cure Glaucoma Foundation has made critical investments to support the Steven and Michele Kirsch Catalyst for a Cure Vision Restoration Initiative. Glaucoma Research Foundation is honored to recognize Dr. Fellman for his outstanding contributions to the field of glaucoma and enduring dedication to improving the lives of people with glaucoma.


The Visionary Award
Steven and Michele Kirsch
Philanthropists and Co-founders, Catalyst for a Cure consortium

In 2001, Steven and Michele Kirsch inspired Glaucoma Research Foundation to establish the Catalyst for a Cure, an innovative collaborative research model to accelerate the pace of discovery. With their leadership support over the past 20 years, Steven and Michele have generously provided funding for three consortiums, each making critical discoveries toward our goal for a cure.

In 2021, Steven and Michele made a lead gift of $1.5 million to establish a matching challenge to provide funding for the current team of scientists focused on vision restoration. In recognition of this extraordinary gift, the consortium was named the Steven and Michele Kirsch Catalyst for a Cure Vision Restoration Initiative. Glaucoma Research Foundation is indebted to Steven and Michele for their unwavering partnership and remarkable investment toward a future free from glaucoma.


The President's Award
David J. Calkins, PhD
Assistant Vice President, Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Chair, Glaucoma Research Foundation Research Committee, and
Chair, Steven and Michele Kirsch Catalyst for a Cure Scientific Advisory Board

David Calkins, PhD is a leading authority on the neurobiological basis of vision loss in blinding eye disease, neuroprotection and regenerative medicine for conditions that affect the retina and early visual pathways. As well as receiving over 60 research grants from the National Institutes of Health and many industry and foundation partners, Dr. Calkins has written more than 80 research articles, reviews and book chapters. He was a founding member of Glaucoma Research Foundation’s first Catalyst for a Cure team and now Chairs the Steven and Michele Kirsch Catalyst for a Cure Vision Restoration Initiative and our Research Committee. Glaucoma Research Foundation is incredibly grateful to Dr. Calkins for his ongoing leadership and exemplary commitment to advancing our scientific programs as well as his tremendous accomplishments in the field of glaucoma research.

For tickets and sponsorships, register here or contact Nancy Graydon at ngraydon@glaucoma.org



The Annual Gala and all other Glaucoma 360 events will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 345 Stockton Street, near Union Square in downtown San Francisco, California.

Hotel Accommodations

Please click here to book your Glaucoma 360 accommodations at the popular Grand Hyatt hotel, located near Union Square in San Francisco. Glaucoma 360 meetings and events take place between February 10-12, 2022. With our extended room block period, you can conveniently arrive before the meeting begins or stay a few extra days to enjoy the best of California!

COVID-19 Health and Safety Information: As of January 3, 2022, the city of San Francisco requires proof of vaccination and the wearing of masks, except while eating and drinking for patrons of indoor public settings, including Glaucoma 360. Glaucoma Research Foundation will be using CLEAR Health Pass, a free and secure downloadable mobile application to verify that all attendees are fully vaccinated. Registered attendees will receive instructions on how to complete the verification process up to 2 weeks prior to the event. In addition, all attendees are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster. Attendees should review all CDC Guidelines and participate virtually if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

Attendees will receive a wrist band from event staff following their vaccination check as proof that they have completed the vaccination verification process. Attendees will be offered a choice of wristband colors to indicate their comfort level for social interactions.

Hand sanitizer will be available at the registration desk. We will have a limited supply of N95 and surgical masks available for those who lose or forget their own masks. If you have additional questions, please email: events@glaucoma.org

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The Annual Gala is part of Glaucoma 360, a series of events uniting research, industry, and philanthropy with one mission — to find a cure for glaucoma. Learn more about Glaucoma 360 »

For more information, please contact our Development Department at (415) 986-3162 or email development@glaucoma.org.