Jan 30 - Kenneth B. Simons, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology, Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Executive Director and Designated Institutional Official of Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH), and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Accreditation, has been named Vice-Chair of the 13-member Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB). It is a one-year term.
Dec. 07 - Dale K. Heuer, MD, Chairman and Professor of Ophthalmology, is one of nine ophthalmologists nationwide selected to receive the Life Achievement Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Dr. Heuer received the award at the AAO annual meeting last month in Chicago.
In becoming the Medical College of Wisconsin’s archivist, Dr. Walter Gager combines his interest in historical research, his writing and his alumni roots. His volunteer efforts are helping preserve the unique heritage of the Medical College and its faculty, staff and students.
President’s Diversity Award announced
Nov. 16 - Kweku Grant-Acquah, MD, an Ophthalmology resident, and Regina Cole, Lab Manager in the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center, were chosen to receive the 2012 President’s Diversity Award. Cole and Dr. Grant-Acquah will be honored at a special reception on Nov. 2.
The Medical College of Wisconsin’s President’s Office, in partnership with the Diversity Advisory Committee, established the President’s Diversity Award to honor individuals or groups from MCW and the community at large who have contributed to making the College a more inclusive and diverse environment.
The Diversity Awards Selection Committee selects up to two award recipients each year – one in a Student/Resident/Faculty category and one in a Staff/Community Partner category. Recipients receive a $2,500 award and have their names inscribed on a plaque.
Oct. 25 - The R.D. and Linda Peters Foundation has long supported innovation at the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute. Its latest gift of $50,000 is no exception, helping develop and expand technologies that unlock entirely new opportunities to conduct vision research and improve patient care.
Gerald Harris, MD, FACS recognized for 35 years of service to MCW
Sept 12 - Dr. Gerald Harris is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of Orbital and Oculoplastic Surgery. When Dr. Harris joined the faculty at MCW, he was among the first full-time academic oculoplastic surgeons in the United States. With a primary commitment to the surgical care of his patients, Dr. Harris has also made scholarly contributions in the areas of orbital disease and eyelid reconstruction. His publications include 137 original articles and book chapters, as well as the recently published Atlas of Oculofacial Reconstruction. He has delivered 107 invited lectures at institutions and societies worldwide and was honored as the Wendell L. Hughes Lecturer by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
William J. O'Brien, PhD retires after 41 years of service
Sept. 7 - Bill O’Brien, PhD retired 41 years, to the day, since he first came to MCW. He received his PhD in what was then the Department of Microbiology, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Physiology, after which he joined the faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology before construction was initiated on the Eye Institute building, which currently houses the Department. Dr. O’Brien is the longest-serving faculty member in Ophthalmology. He has received longstanding support from the National Eye Institute for his research on herpesvirus infections of the cornea, and has been an active member of the campus-wide vision science research group. For most of the 35-year history of an NEI Core Grant awarded to the Department, Dr. O’Brien has directed one of the Core Modules that provides eye research infrastructure. He also provided leadership during the drafting of an NIH construction grant used to develop Eye Institute research laboratories.
Aug. 09 - The Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute will be holding its annual symposium on Saturday, Sept. 22, in the MCW Health Research Center Auditorium. This year’s event, titled, Ophthalmology Innovation 2012: Why We Do What We Do, Clinical Trials and the Evidence that Guides Us, will bring together a robust panel of speakers to discuss the what, why, when, and how of clinical trials in ophthalmology.
July 30 - Joseph Carroll, PhD, and Alfredo Dubra, PhD explain how they are using an advanced technology to take extremely detailed images of the retina. This research will contribute information that may lead to new treatments for eye diseases like Retinitis Pigmentosa. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 24 - On Thursday, July 26, the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute will host an art exhibit that showcases the work of seven regional and national artists impacted with various degrees of vision loss. The event, Through the Lens of Others, A Tribute to the Vision of the Mind’s Eye, runs from 5-8 p.m. to help launch Connections in Sight, a new Web-based resource for individuals who are experiencing changes in vision.
July 23 - The Medical College of Wisconsin received a five-year, $2.9 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute to support MCW’s research programs at the Froedtert & The Medical College Eye Institute.
Dr. Dale Heuer and Dr. Judy Kim listed on the US News Top Doctors list
July 18 - Drs. Heuer and Kim were among the forty seven Medical College of Wisconsin doctors who were included in the U.S. News Top Doctors list. The list, which includes 110 doctors from Wisconsin, was published in the July 18 online version of U.S. News & World Report. MCW physicians represented 42.7% of the Wisconsin doctors listed, and 94% of the Southeast Wisconsin physicians named to the list.
The list was compiled by U.S. News in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors®. Doctors are nominated by their peers and reviewed by a physician-led research team. Doctors cannot nominate themselves.
July 10 - Age-related eye disease and debilitating eye conditions are on the rise in Wisconsin, according to a new report. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 09 - The Medical College of Wisconsin received a grant of $110,000 from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) to support research of the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding diseases. The research will be directed by Dale Heuer, MD, Chairman and Professor of Ophthalmology.
June 11 - Two of the world’s leading organizations supporting vision research have awarded funding to a Medical College of Wisconsin faculty member to expand and develop new technology to better visualize the living cells of the eye and to investigate early signs of disease.
May 1 - In The Scientist Joseph Carroll, PhD, associate professor of ophthalmology, biophysics, cell biology, neurobiology & anatomy, discusses new gene therapies and other treatments to restore vision function.
April 16 - Dennis Han, MD, Jack A. and Elaine D. Klieger Professor of Ophthalmology, was appointed to the Prevent Blindness Wisconsin Board of Directors.
Alumnus Dr. Randall Beatty is serving as the ophthalmic consultant for Afghanistan at the theatre trauma center at Bagram Air Field.
Young investigator grant leverages Eye Institute research on retinal diseases
Mar. 14 - Joseph Carroll, PhD, Associate Professor in Ophthalmology, Biophysics, Cell Biology, and Neurobiology & Anatomy, has received a 2012 Alcon Research Institute (ARI) Young Investigator Grant for his work in ophthalmic research.
Medical College researcher to use adaptive optics to study eye disease
Jan. 13 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a $250,000, four-year career development grant from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) to support research of diseases that impact the retina and the optic nerve.
Foundation Fighting Blindness grant is central to new retinal disorders research
Dec. 2 - A nearly $300,000 grant from Foundation Fighting Blindness will help Medical College scientists further develop robust imaging and image analysis tools to better understand certain diseases that degrade vision. Joseph Carroll, PhD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, with appointments in Biophysics and Cell Biology, Neurobiology, & Anatomy, earned the funding for his research, which utilizes adaptive optics, a non-invasive technology capable of providing high resolution pictures of the living retina.
Conceived first as an astronomy technique to view space more clearly, then as a method for acquiring better satellite pictures, adaptive optics is redefining what is possible in ocular imaging. Dr. Joseph Carroll is helping build a unique program at the Medical College and is a key member of the first team to image the tiny rods of the eye.
Aug. 09 - A research team that includes Joseph J. Carroll, PhD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, and Adam Dubis, Research Assistant in Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, has imaged the tiny light-sensing cells known as rods in the living eye for the first time. This innovation, described in a recent paper in the Optical Society's (OSA) open access journal Biomedical Optics Express, will help doctors diagnose degenerative eye disorders sooner, leading to quicker intervention and more effective treatments.