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Jeffrey L. Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D., Receives Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmic Research

Posted: 09.26.2011

Jeffrey L. Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Jeffrey L. Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is pleased to announce that Jeffrey L. Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D., has been awarded the Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmic Research. Dr. Goldberg was selected for this distinction based on his innovative research, international recognition in the field, and particular expertise in translational approaches. His current laboratory research focuses on discovering why neurons in the retina fail to regenerate in patients afflicted with such diseases as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

“I look forward to immersing myself in the generous opportunity provided by the Ross Foundation through this Chair,” said Goldberg. “It will be exciting in the coming years to expand the progress we have made in basic science into the translational arena to try to develop new treatments for patients.”

Dr. Goldberg is exploring two potentially promising strategies for cellular regeneration. The first involves harvesting a patient’s adult retinal stem cells from the peripheral retina, growing them in the laboratory, and implanting them back into the patient as retinal neurons, particularly photoreceptors and retinal ganglion cells that transmit information from the retina to the brain. The second approach uses nanotechnology and magnetic nanoparticles to either deliver stem cells to the back of the eye or to encourage retinal ganglion cells to grow through the optic nerve.

This endowed Chair memorializes the generosity of Walter G. Ross, who was a much decorated officer in the Corps of Engineers, respected diplomat, and highly successful international entrepreneur. Income from the Chair is used to advance the frontiers of medical science, primarily by seeking to translate research findings into clinical uses. Ideally, related efforts are targeted to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and to fostering translational research.

About Bascom Palmer: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is ranked the #1 eye hospital in the nation, as noted in U.S. News & World Report. Having earned an international reputation as one of the premier providers of eye care in the world, Bascom Palmer has also been ranked #1 in patient care and residency training by Ophthalmology Times. As the largest ophthalmic care, research and educational facility in the southeastern United States, each year Bascom Palmer treats more than 250,000 patients with nearly every ophthalmic condition and performs more than 12,000 surgeries. Founded in 1962, Bascom Palmer has patient care facilities in Miami, Palm Beach Gardens, Naples, and Plantation, Florida. For additional information about Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, contact Ann Carney at (305) 326-6190 or e-mail: bpeicommunications@med.miami.edu. You may also visit our website at bascompalmer.org