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Presenter Biography

Gerald Fishman, M.D.

The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Dr. Fishman is director of The Pangere Center for Hereditary Retinal Diseases at The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, Department of Ophthalmology. He has spent over 40 years caring for patients and conducting investigations on various forms of hereditary disorders of the retina. Dr. Fishman and his colleagues have focused their research efforts on the identification of molecular genetic defects in various hereditary retinal disorders and clinical investigations on the natural history for visual loss in patients with inherited retinal diseases. Currently, Dr. Fishman and his team of investigators and collaborators are pursuing treatment trials on various blinding retinal diseases that include gene replacement therapy for patients with congenital color blindness and the use of a vitamin A analogue for treatment of patients with retinitis pigmentosa.

Meet our other presenters:

Keynote Speaker


Radha Ayyagari, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Benjamin Bakall, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Brent Batron, Colorado Center for the Blind

David Birch, Ph.D., Retina Foundation of the Southwest

Shannon Boye, Ph.D., University of Florida

Rusty Bromley, Translational Research Acceleration via Consulting

Dan Burke, Colorado Center for the Blind

Dennis Clegg, Ph.D.,, University of California, Santa Barbara

Buna Dahal,

Stephen Daiger, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

Julie Deden, Colorado Center for the Blind

Arlene Drack, M.D., University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics

Jacque Duncan, M.D., University of California, San Francisco

Gerald Fishman, M.D., The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

John Flannery, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

David Gamm, M.D., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Morton Goldberg, M.D., Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Beth Gustin, The Center for People with Disabilities

April Hill, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Maurie Hill, Ai Squared

Dennis Hoffman, Ph.D., Retina Foundation of the Southwest

Mark Jackson, O.D., Jackson Eye Care & Walmart Vision Center

Christine Kay, M.D., University of Florida

Philip Keenan, Esq., Ambler & Keenan, LLC

Alan Kimura, Colorado Retina Associates

Mark Kleinman, M.D., University of Kentucky

Scott LaBarre, Esq., LaBarre Law Offices

Jennifer Lentz, Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Alfred Lewin, Ph.D., University of Florida

Brian Mansfield, Ph.D.

Meghan Marino, M.S., L.G.C., Cole Eye Institute

Jeff Marrazzo, M.B.A., M.P.A., Spark Therapeutics

Michel Michaelides, B.S., M.B., M.D., FRCOphth, F.A.C.S., Moorfields Eye Hospital

Jane Neglia, M.S.G., Guide Dogs for the Blind

Maureen Nietfield, Colorado Center for the Blind

Mark Pennesi, M.D., Ph.D., Casey Eye Institute

Eric Pierce, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Everett Romero, Colorado Organization of Parents of Blind Children

Tim Schoen, Ph.D., Foundation Fighting Blindness

Cary Supalo, Illinois State University

Karmen, Trzupek, M.S., C.G.C., InformedDNA

Luk Vandenberghe, Ph.D., Schepens Eye Research Institute

Douglas Walker, Hadley School for the Blind

Rebecca White, Ai Squared

Marco Zarbin, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., University Ophthalmology Consultants

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