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2014 Annual Gala was an Evening to Celebrate the Innovators

Co-Chairs and Honorees at the 2014 Gala
Co-Chairs and Honorees at the 2014 Gala

On February 6, 2014, Glaucoma Research Foundation honored William J. Link, PhD, and Judy Collins during the Glaucoma 360 Annual Gala at San Francisco’s historic Palace Hotel.

The Foundation’s highest honor, the Catalyst Award, was presented to William J. Link, PhD, a leading venture capitalist, instrumental in the advancement of many important new technologies including innovative treatments for glaucoma. GRAMMY® Award winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins received The Visionary Award in recognition of her long time social activism and efforts to promote glaucoma awareness. Collins performed a private concert for attendees including her interpretations of the classic songs “Chelsea Morning,” “Both Sides Now,” and “Send in the Clowns.”

Co-chaired by Nobuko Saito Cleary and Gary Cleary, PharmD, PhD, and Jaci and Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, the Annual Gala included the Innovators Circle reception hosted by Mona and Ed Zander, the presentation of the Shaffer Prize for Innovative Glaucoma Research to Derek S. Welsbie, PhD, and a live auction which raised funds to support the Foundation’s research programs.

The Annual Gala kicked off Glaucoma 360, a unique series of three events that includes the New Horizons Forum and a continuing medical education symposium for ophthalmologists. The New Horizons Forum, co-founded in 2012 by Adrienne Graves, PhD and Andrew G. Iwach, MD, was established in order to speed the development of new, more effective therapies and diagnostics for glaucoma patients. Robert N. Weinreb, MD, Chairman and Director of the Shiley Eye Center at the University of California, San Diego, gave the inaugural Drs. Henry and Frederick Sutro Memorial Lecture, the Forum’s keynote address. Glaucoma 360 events concluded with the 18th Annual Glaucoma Symposium CME to learn the latest and best practices in glaucoma management, medication, and surgical techniques.

Glaucoma Research Foundation is truly grateful for the generous support and dedicated involvement of so many that made these events such a wonderful success. All proceeds from Glaucoma 360 will support Glaucoma Research Foundation’s sight-saving endeavors.

Please save the date for next year’s Glaucoma 360 from February 5 to 7, 2015.

Last reviewed on October 29, 2017

This article appeared in the May 2014 issue of Gleams.

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