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Dr. Tim Schoen

Dr. Tim Schoen is FFB's director of constituent communications, serving as a source of information and education on research focused on treating and curing retinal diseases. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1997, he was employed by the National Eye Institute as a research biologist in the Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology. He speaks at research and public-education events, is the co-author of more than 20 scientific publications and has received multiple awards throughout his career. Dr. Schoen received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

The following articles were authored by Dr. Tim Schoen

A Renaissance Man with Vision

Louis PosenLouis Posen is one of the coolest guys on the planet. He’s president and CEO of Hopeless Records, a company he founded at the age of 21—despite the fact that he was losing eyesight to retinitis pigmentosa (RP). The 43-year-old is also a National Trustee of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. And he got into the music business by accident.

In high school, he was a punk-rock aficionado, buying records and going to every local concert he could. In film school, he came to appreciate the positive influence art, including music videos, had on people’s lives. But this was a time when many punk groups couldn’t afford to produce the high-quality videos to which many viewers were accustomed.
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A True Survivor — Q&A with Fred Scheer, a World War II Vet with RP

Fred Scheer, US ArmyWhen I first met Fred Scheer, I was impressed by his quiet, friendly demeanor. I had no clue, at the time, that he was a U.S. Army veteran who’d been deployed during the D-Day invasion, captured by the Germans and then sent to a labor camp, from which he managed to escape. What is also interesting is that Fred is Jewish and has retinitis pigmentosa (RP).
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A Spice for the Eyes

TumericTurmeric, also known as “the golden spice,” has been around for more than 4,000 years. In India, where Radha Ayyagari, Ph.D., grew up, it’s used widely as both a food spice and an herbal medicine for treating a variety of diseases, including cancer, arthritis, urinary-tract infections and digestive disorders. It has been scientifically established that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is a potent antioxidant. So it’s perhaps no surprise that Dr. Ayyagari, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego, is developing an extract from turmeric that may be useful in slowing retinal degeneration.
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Low-Hanging Fruit: Repurposing Drugs to Treat Retinal Diseases

Low-hanging fruitMany years ago, while picking apples with my uncle, he advised me to “pick the low-hanging fruit.” That way, he told me, you can fill your basket faster and not be as tired at the end of the day. I think the same can be said of drug repurposing—the process of evaluating a drug prescribed for one disease to see if it can safely and effectively treat another disease.
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