Recent News

  • Monday, October 10, 2016 - 11:15

    Dr. Fingert was a speaker in a glaucoma genetics session at the biennial meeting of the International Society of Eye Researchers. Dr. Fingert is shown here with Janey Wiggs (Harvard, USA), Michael Hauser (Duke, USA), Mineo Ozaki (Ozaki Eye Hospital, Japan), Rand Allingham (Duke, USA), and Tin Aung (Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore).

  • Monday, October 3, 2016 - 10:30

    Our genetic analysis of the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study (OHTS) investigated the effect of genetic risk factors on the probability of participants with high intraocular pressure going on to develop glaucoma. We found that OHTS participants that carry a genetic risk factor in the TMCO1 gene have a significantly higher probability of developing glaucoma. Read more about this study here.

  • Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 14:00

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology announced that Dr. Young Kwon is a recipient of the 2016 Senior Achievement Award for his contributions to the Academy, its scientific and educational programs and to ophthalmology. Read more about this award here.

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 11:30

    Dr. Fingert is the newest member of the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS). The AOS is a prestigious professional society that was established during the Civil War. Dr. Fingert joins Dr. Edwin Stone and Dr. Stanley Thompson as other current members of the AOS that are on the faculty of the University of Iowa.

  • Friday, July 1, 2016 - 10:45

    Dr. Jiaxi Ding completed her glaucoma fellowship 2015/2016 at the University of Iowa and will be launching her career as an outstanding glaucoma specialist at Carolina Eye Associates in Greensboro, NC.

  • Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 10:30

    The Iowa Eye Association’s annual meeting at the University of Iowa (June 10-11) will feature Dr. Alan Crandall of the Moran Eye Center in Utah presenting the Armaly Lecture.

  • Monday, January 11, 2016 - 12:00

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    Dr. Lee Alward will be the Inaugural Recipient of the American Glaucoma Society Outstanding Educator Award in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to advancing glaucoma education to residents, fellows, and colleagues. He was selected by unanimous vote of the AGS Board of Directors. He will be formally recognized at the AGS Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale on March 5th, 2016.

    Besides his teaching in the clinic, at professional meetings, and in published articles, Dr. Alward has two educational websites each with an international following: http://gonioscopy.org and his most recent, Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum (http://curriculum.iowaglaucoma.org/) with more than 90 video clips and over 900 images.

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 11:30

    The Glaucoma Service is proud to welcome Dr. Jason Kam, who will join the University of Iowa's Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences next year. He is currently a 3rd year ophthalmology resident at the University of Washington and will begin his glaucoma fellowship with us in July of 2016.

  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 12:30

    The Glaucoma Genetics lab has been awarded a grant from the National Eye Institute to study glaucoma caused by the TBK1 gene using a stem cell approach. The two year R21 grant entitled “TBK1-Related Glaucoma” will provide resources for the lab to collect skin cells from patients with low pressure glaucoma caused by a TBK1 gene defect. These skin cells will be reprogrammed to become pluripotent stem cells which then will be used to produce cells that have features of the optic nerve - the tissue damaged by glaucoma. This study will allow Glaucoma Genetics Lab members to study the steps by which defects in the TBK1 gene damage the optic nerve and cause glaucoma. Moreover these studies will also lay the groundwork for testing new treatments for TBK1-related glaucoma as well as developing restorative optic nerve therapies.

    Key Investigators in this project are John Fingert and Budd Tucker and their post-doctoral fellow Tasneem Sharma.

  • Monday, November 2, 2015 - 10:45

    Dr. Jost Jonas presented the 11th annual Mansour F. Armaly Lecture at the University of Iowa’s Glaucoma Clinical Conference on October 23rd. His lectures on myopia and optic nerve analysis were well-received by the University faculty, community ophthalmologists and the Armaly family. Above Dr. Jonas (center back row) is pictured with Aida Armaly, Dr. Raya Armaly (center front row) and with the glaucoma faculty members.

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