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Annual Dinner Celebrates Leaders and Progress in Glaucoma Research

Tom Brunner, Monica Vetter, PhD, and Andrew Iwach, MD
Tom Brunner, Monica Vetter, PhD, and Andrew Iwach, MD

More than 75 guests were in attendance for Glaucoma Research Foundation's (GRF) Annual Dinner at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in the Union Square district of San Francisco on April 21, 2015.

Glaucoma Research Foundation welcomed many to the event including members of the Board of Directors, donors, volunteers and members of the Catalyst Circle and Blanche Matthias Society.

This year’s featured speaker, Monica Vetter, PhD, Professor and Chair of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah, discussed the remarkable advancements that have been made in glaucoma research due to the creation and funding of the Catalyst for a Cure collaborative research teams. Dr. Vetter served as one of four researchers on the original Catalyst for a Cure team and currently is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Catalyst for a Cure Biomarker Initiative.

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Dr. Bronwyn Bateman with Art Takahara

Following Dr. Vetter’s presentation, Dr. Andrew Iwach, GRF Board of Directors Chairman and David Heller, President of the Greater Geary Boulevard Merchant’s Association, presented retiring board members, Arthur Takahara, and John Grunden, PharmD with awards as well as letters of recognition from Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California State Senate, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other officials in recognition of their tireless efforts to promote awareness of glaucoma and raise funds to find a cure. Retiring board member, Bill Stewart was also recognized but unable to attend the event.

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Gary and Nobuko Cleary

Dr. Iwach also presented a special recognition to Nobuko Saito Cleary and Dr. Gary Cleary thanking them for their continued leadership as co-chairs of the Glaucoma 360 Annual Gala.

To close out the evening, Dr. Iwach and Mr. Heller made a special presentation to Thomas Brunner, thanking him for his years of service and commitment to GRF as President and CEO.

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Last reviewed on October 29, 2017

This article appeared in the September 2015 issue of Gleams.

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