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Annual Dinner Recognizes Founders, Patients; Looks to Future of Glaucoma

Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) hosted our 2016 Annual Dinner at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in the Union Square district of San Francisco on April 26th, welcoming more than 80 guests including the Board of Directors, donors, volunteers and members of the Catalyst Circle and Blanche Matthias Society.

This year's event included an awards presentation honoring GRF founders and retiring Board Directors H. Dunbar Hoskins, Jr., MD and John Hetherington, Jr. MD, along with Gala co-chairs Nobuko Saito Cleary and Gary Cleary, PharmD, PhD; a scientific update from GRF Catalyst for a Cure principal investigator, Jeffrey L. Goldberg, MD, PhD; and a patient story from Stephanie Handler.

Founders Honored

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GRF Board Chair Andrew Iwach, MD honored the work of Drs. Hoskins and Hetherington and presented them with awards for their extensive contributions both as GRF founders and as retiring board members. David Heller, President of the Greater Geary Boulevard Merchants Association, presented 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 lifelong achievements and contributions to Glaucoma Research Foundation and the field of glaucoma research.

Glaucoma Research Update

Following the awards presentations, Dr. Goldberg, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University, discussed the future of glaucoma diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Goldberg talked about the valuable impact that Glaucoma Research Foundation has provided in supporting scientists and research toward finding a cure for glaucoma. Watch Dr. Goldberg's talk:


One Woman's Glaucoma Journey

Closing out the evening, Stephanie, a GRF ambassador, volunteer, and glaucoma patient, shared her personal story of discovering and living with glaucoma and thanked GRF for all of the support she's received throughout her journey. Watch Stephanie's talk:

Read more about the Catalyst for a Cure collaborative research initiative »

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Last reviewed on October 29, 2017

This article appeared in the September 2016 issue of Gleams.

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