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UM Medical Team Brings Life-Changing Eye Care to Remote Galapagos Island

June 27, 2017

It all started with a conversation between University of Miami Provost Thomas LeBlanc and Dr. Richard Lee of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at a Faculty Senate event. The provost told Dr. Lee about an amazing experience he had had visiting a UM undergraduate program on Isabela Island in the Galapagos. He urged Lee to visit the island during a planned trip to Guayaquil to speak at an educational meeting.

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J. William Harbour, M.D.

Sylvester Associate Director Receives $2.5 Million Grant for Predictive Testing of Ocular Melanoma

May 23, 2017

J. William Harbour, M.D., associate director for basic research at Sylvester, and the Mark J. Daily Chair and vice chairman for translational research at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to study predictive testing of ocular (or uveal) melanoma, one of the deadliest types of cancer.

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Finds Giant Viruses Present in Contaminated Contact Lens Cases

May 12, 2017

Scientists at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute have found that giant viruses, a new class of viruses, are present in contaminated contact lenses of patients with eye infections. These very large viruses are as big as bacteria and live inside amoeba that can caue infections of the cornea – the clear transparent front of the eye. Research will continue to explore the role of these new viruses and how they affect the eyes and vision.

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Bascom Palmer Sponsors SEEING Exhibition at New Frost Museum of Science

May 08, 2017

The new Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science officially opens to the public Monday, May 8, with a special exhibition, SEEING: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?, made possible with the generous support of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. On view through October 20, SEEING investigates how eyes, brains, and robots see, while tackling the complex sensory experience of vision, understanding, and perception.

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Focusing On You: Dr. Alana Grajewski

April 25, 2017

During this week’s segment of “Focusing on You: Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine,” Alana Grajewski, M.D., Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, discusses the opening of the Samuel & Ethel Balkan International Pediatric Glaucoma Center, the world’s first integrated services center dedicated to helping infants and children with glaucoma.

Dan Gologorsky, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Daniel Gologorsky Receives Resident Excellence Award

April 19, 2017

Daniel Gologorsky, M.D., M.B.A., a third-year resident at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received the 2017 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation Resident Excellence Award. He received the award for exemplary performance in research, patient care, leadership and education.

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The top images show the untreated retina, left, and the effect of anti-Scg-3 therapy to treat retinopathy of prematurity in a mouse model. The bottom images zoom in on the blood vessels.

Study Suggests New Way to Prevent Vision Loss in Diabetics and Premature Babies

March 22, 2017

Researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have identified a new molecule that induces the formation of abnormal blood vessels in the eyes of diabetic mice. The study suggests that inhibiting this molecule may prevent similarly aberrant blood vessels from damaging the vision of not only diabetics, but also premature infants.

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