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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Treating Blindness: Dr. Neil Bressler speaks at 2016 Medical Lecture Series

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Neil M. Bressler, M.D., Chief of the Retina Division of Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital, will discuss “A Revolution in Treatments Eliminating Blindness from Retinal Diseases: Breakthroughs in Diabetic Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration.” You are invited to attend this lecture at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Ocean Reef Club's Cultural Center Theatre.
Dr. Bressler's discussion will highlight how new treatments, predominantly injections of anti-growth factor medicines into the middle cavity of the eye, have provided the opportunity to eliminate blindness from the previously most common causes of blindness in the United States and throughout most of the world; namely, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Bressler will review how these treatments came about, their impact, and what remains for the near future.

Dr. Bressler graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1982 and completed an ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1986. Two years later, he joined the Wilmer Eye Institute's Department of Ophthalmology faculty at Johns Hopkins, where he currently is Chief of the Retina Division's staff of 19 full-time clinical faculty members.
He holds an endowed chair as the James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology. He has authored more than 330 peer-reviewed publications and recently served as Chair of the NIH-sponsored Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network. Dr. Bressler currently chairs the National Eye Institute’s Data and Safety Monitoring Committee for intramural clinical trials. He was elected as President of the Macula Society, one of three major retina societies in the United States, from 2013 through 2014. He also has been Chair of the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel and has been Editor-in-Chief of JAMA Ophthalmology and has served on The JAMA Network Editorial Board of JAMA since 2013.

Outside of medicine, as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Dr. Bressler also shares responsibility for an entity which engages and inspires people worldwide through excellence in educational, artistic and cultural programs in the arts.

You may meet Dr. Bressler at a cocktail reception following the lecture, which is underwritten through the generous sponsorship of Mrs. Alice Johnston.  For more information, email us or call 305-367-2600.


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