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Byron L. Lam, M.D.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Initiates Pioneering Gene Therapy Targeting Choroideremia

November 17, 2015

A research team at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has performed gene therapy on a 47-year-old man as part of a Phase 2 clinical trial to treat Choroideremia (CHM), a rare inherited cause of blindness. The Food and Drug Administration approved clinical trial will ultimately treat six patients with CHM to help determine the safety and efficacy of this novel treatment.

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John Guy, M.D.

Scientists at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Test New Gene Therapy for Vision Loss

October 13, 2015

Researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a novel mouse model for the vision disorder Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), and found that they can use gene therapy to improve visual function in the mice. LHON is one of many diseases tied to gene mutations that damage the tiny energy factories that our cells, called mitochondria.

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Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D.

Dr. Eduardo C. Alfonso Becomes President of Pan American Association of Ophthalmology

August 18, 2015

Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and holder of the Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Chair in Ophthalmology, was recently installed as President of the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) at its 31st Congress in Bogotá, Colombia. The PAAO’s mission is to provide continuing education, prevent blindness, and promote scientific and cultural exchange among ophthalmologists.

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Ranked No. 1 in Nation for 12th Consecutive Year

July 21, 2015

For the 12th consecutive year — and the 14th time overall — Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System has been ranked the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report in its 2015-2016 Best Hospitals edition. Every year since the rankings began 25 years ago, Bascom Palmer has been ranked either first or second in the country.

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Richard K. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., left, and Richard K. Parrish, II, M.D.

First Study on Haitian-American Glaucoma Rates Stresses Need for More Awareness and Screening

January 20, 2015

Physicians at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and medical students at the Miller School of Medicine have been the first to publish data on the prevalence of glaucoma in the Haitian-American population. Their findings, based on data from 750 participants, show that nearly 26 percent of Haitian-Americans have signs and symptoms for various stages of glaucoma..

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