BrightFocus Foundation Honors Dr. Meredith Gregory-Ksander for Glaucoma Research

May 05, 2016
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Suzanne Day
Media Relations, Mass. Eye and Ear

Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School glaucoma researcher awarded funding by the BrightFocus Foundation.

Boston, Mass. — The BrightFocus Foundation recently honored Meredith Gregory-Ksander, Ph.D., of the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, with the Thomas R. Lee Award for Glaucoma Research. Dr. Gregory-Ksander was recognized for her work in testing whether inhibiting an important new regulator of inflammation in the eye’s optic nerve head will stop the development of glaucoma and vision loss.


Dr. Gregory-Ksander was one of five scientists to receive named awards for their leadership in vision research and advocacy, and one of 32 total grant awardees who will collectively receive nearly $5 million in vision research grants from BrightFocus. In addition to Dr. Gregory-Ksander, three other scientists from the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear will receive awards this year. The awards were presented on May 2, 2016 at a Seattle breakfast event that coincided with the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). 

“We’re proud to honor and support these brilliant scientists as they strive to better understand and ultimately end macular degeneration and glaucoma,” says BrightFocus President and CEO Stacy Haller. “Their innovative work honors the legacies of the advocates and scientists in whose name these awards are given.”

Information for this release was provided by the BrightFocus Foundation. For more information on the awards, please visit the full news release from the foundation.

About the BrightFocus Foundation
The nonprofit BrightFocus Foundation drives innovative research worldwide and promotes public awareness of Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.  For more information, call 1-800-437-2423 or visit

About Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Mass. Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck.  Now united with Schepens Eye Research Institute, Mass. Eye and Ear is the world's largest vision and hearing research center, developing new treatments and cures through discovery and innovation. Mass. Eye and Ear is a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital and trains future medical leaders in ophthalmology and otolaryngology, through residency as well as clinical and research fellowships.  Internationally acclaimed since its founding in 1824, Mass. Eye and Ear employs full-time, board-certified physicians who offer high-quality and affordable specialty care that ranges from the routine to the very complex. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals Survey” has consistently ranked the Mass. Eye and Ear Departments of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology as top in the nation.  For more information about life-changing care and research, or to learn how you can help, please visit

About Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology
The Harvard Medical School (HMS) Department of Ophthalmology ( is one of the leading and largest academic departments of ophthalmology in the nation. More than 350 full-time faculty and trainees work at nine HMS affiliate institutions, including Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Joslin Diabetes Center/Beetham Eye Institute, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, VA Maine Healthcare System, and Cambridge Health Alliance. Formally established in 1871, the department has been built upon a strong and rich foundation in medical education, research, and clinical care. Through the years, faculty and alumni have profoundly influenced ophthalmic science, medicine, and literature—helping to transform the field of ophthalmology from a branch of surgery into an independent medical specialty at the forefront of science.