Lighthouse Guild Honors Scientists at Bressler Vision Science Symposium

and Pisart Award Lecture

(Left to right) 2018 Bressler Prize recipient Botond Roska, MD, PhD; Alan R. Morse, JD, PhD, President and CEO, Lighthouse Guild, and 2018 Pisart Award recipient Joshua D. Stein, MD, MS  (photo credit: Ben Asen)

Lighthouse Guild held its 2018 Alfred W. Bressler Vision Science Symposium and Pisart Seminar at the University Club of New York on October 6, 2018, presenting  research findings from an international panel and honoring two vision scientists

















Botond Roska, MD, PhD, and Joshua D. Stein, MD, MS, were recognized for their significant achievements in vision research.  Dr. Roska is the recipient of the 2018 Alfred W. Bressler Prize, and Dr. Stein is the 2018 Pisart Award honoree. 


The Bressler Vision Science Symposium was entitled “Gene Diseases and Gene Therapy of the Retina.”  The symposium was moderated by Frank Werblin, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley. 


Dr. Roska, this year’s Bressler Prize recipient, lectured during the symposium on “The First Steps in Vision: Cell Types, Circuits and Repair.”  Dr. Roska is the Director of the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB), Senior Group Leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, and a Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.


The Pisart Seminar was led by Pisart Award recipient, Dr. Stein, who discussed “Tapping into Big Data to Enhance the Care of Patients with Ocular Diseases.”  Dr. Stein is an Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan.

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