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Presenter Biography

Eric Pierce, M.D., Ph.D.

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Dr. Pierce is the director of the Ocular Genomics Institute, the Berman-Gund Laboratory for the Study of Retinal Degenerations, and the Electroretinography (ERG) Services in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School. He is also the Solman and Libe Friedman Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. The goal of Dr. Pierce’s research program is to identify the molecular genetic bases of and develop gene therapies for inherited retinal degenerations. Dr. Pierce received his A.B. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, in the joint Harvard-M.I.T. Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He was on the faculty at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School before joining the F.M. Kirby Center for Molecular Ophthalmology in the Scheie Eye Institute at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine in 1999, where he was subsequently appointed the Associate Professor of Ophthalmology in 2007. Dr. Pierce was recruited to his current position at the MEEI and Harvard Medical School in 2011. He joined the Scientific Advisory Board of the Foundation Fighting Blindness in 2003, and served as its Chair between 2005 and 2014.

Meet our other presenters:


Becky Andrews, Resilient Solutions, Inc.

Dan Ashman, Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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

Jessica Bimmerman, Leader Dogs for the Blind

Shannon Boye, Ph.D., University of Florida

Carol Brill

Carol Castellano, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

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

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

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

Timothy Elder, TRE Legal Practice, LLC.

Neva Fairchild, National Independent Living Associate

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

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

Bob Hart, Ski for Light

Maurie Hill, Ai Squared

Ginger Irwin, The Hadley School for the Blind

Christine Kay, M.D., University of Florida

Jennifer Kennedy, Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired

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

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

Gregg C. Pusateri, O.D., M.Div. Spectrios Institute for Low Vision

Janet Sunness, M.D., Greater Baltimore Medical Center

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

Chelsea White, Seeing Eye, Inc.

Colleen Wunderlich, The Hadley School for the Blind

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