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Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology



Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology

DIRECTOR
Patricia A. D'Amore, Ph.D., MBA

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Janey L. Wiggs, M.D., Ph.D.

In 1926, Dr. Lucien Howe initiated an ophthalmology research program at Mass. Eye and Ear with a gift of $250,000. This gift led to the establishment of The Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology 1931 and continues to support research in the Department of Ophthalmology today.

Subsequent donations and careful stewardship have increased the Howe endowment, and The Howe Laboratory has grown from a small group of investigators within the Department of Ophthalmology to a support program for research throughout. The funds is used to buy cutting-edge equipment, to support young investigators, and to sponsor lecture series. The Howe Laboratory is also the primary support of Mass. Eye and Ear's research library. Most important, it gives us the flexibility to move aggressively toward new research openings.

Support from the Howe Laboratory has resulted in publication of more than 1,700 scientific articles. “From the Howe Laboratory” graces the title page of some of the most important ophthalmological papers of the past century.

PAST HOWE LABORATORY LEADERSHIP

1932–1939  Frederick H. Verhoeff, M.D.
1940–1942  David G. Cogan, M.D. (Acting Director)
1943–1973  David G. Cogan, M.D.
1974–1988  Claes H. Dohlman, M.D., Ph.D.
1989–1990  Frederick Jakobiec, M.D., D.Sc.
1991–1994  Elio Raviola, M.D.
1995–1999  Meredithe L. Applebury, Ph.D.
2000–2002  Frederick Jakobiec, M.D., D.Sc. (Acting Director)
2002–2009  Joan W. Miller, M.D. 
2010–2014  Richard H. Masland, Ph.D.

Photos courtesy of the Howe Library of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Left panel: Harris P. Mosher, M.D., (L), converses with Frederick H. Verhoeff, M.D., (R). Dr. Mosher was Chief of Otology and Laryngology at Mass. Eye and Ear from 1923 to 1939.  Dr. Verhoeff was Director of the Howe Laboratory from 1932 to 1934. Right panel: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in the mid-1920s, around the time Dr. Howe initiated the research program.