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On February 5, 2015, Glaucoma Research Foundation kicked off the 4th Annual Glaucoma 360 with its Annual Gala at the historic Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The record-breaking event raised more than $500,000 and honored leaders in science and medicine.
The Catalyst Award was presented to Adrienne L. Graves, PhD in recognition for her outstanding leadership and many contributions to ophthalmology and for her dedicated service on the Glaucoma Research Foundation Board of Directors.
Renowned stem-cell researchers Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, 2012 Nobel Laureate, and Masayo Takahashi, MD, PhD, 2014 Stem Cell Person of the Year, received The Visionary Award in honor of their pioneering work to improve global healthcare and treat blinding eye disease. The Shaffer Prize for Innovative Glaucoma Research was presented to András M. Komáromy, DrMedVet, PhD for his research on the potential of gene therapy to control intraocular pressure in glaucoma patients.
Pasquale Esposito performed
Co-chaired by Nobuko Saito Cleary and Gary Cleary, PharmD, PhD, Marguerite McDonald, MD, FACS, and Robert N. Weinreb, MD, the Annual Gala included the Innovators Circle reception hosted by Mona and Ed Zander, a silent auction and live auction. Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito closed the night’s festivities with a special musical performance.
During the Live Auction, two guests, Oakland resident June Behrendt Otto (GRF Honorary Advisory Board) and Paul Schacknow, MD, PhD, a glaucoma specialist from Palm Beach Gardens Florida, jointly announced a $50,000 match from both of their family foundations which resulted in raising $170,000 to fund innovative glaucoma research.
New Horizons Forum
In addition to the Annual Gala, Glaucoma 360 includes the New Horizons Forum and a continuing medical education symposium for ophthalmologists. More than 20 innovations in glaucoma drug delivery, pharmaceuticals and devices were presented at the Forum, as well as sessions on working with the FDA and securing venture capital funding.
Co-founded in 2012 by Drs. Adrienne Graves and Andrew G. Iwach, the New Horizons Forum is known as the glaucoma meeting to attend in order to learn the latest innovations and network to move new ideas forward.
Glaucoma Research Foundation is grateful to the generous supporters, dedicated meeting participants and volunteers that made these events such a wonderful success.
Please save the date for next year’s Glaucoma 360 from January 28 to 30, 2016 in San Francisco.
Last reviewed on October 29, 2017
This article appeared in the May 2015 issue of Gleams.Subscribe