Recent News

  • 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.

  • Monday, October 5, 2015 - 12:30

    Dr. Wallace L.M. Alward has produced a teaching site for residents and others interested in learning about glaucoma. It breaks glaucoma into fifty bite-sized lectures that average 14 minutes in length (range 4 to 37 minutes). In total the curriculum is just under 12 hours long. It is highly visual with >900 images and >90 movie clips. The site is located at: http://curriculum.iowaglaucoma.org.

  • Monday, October 5, 2015 - 10:15

    Dr. Lee Alward recently was the Guest of Honor and delivered the Ruthanne and Richard Simmons Lecture at the New England Ophthalmological Society (the country's oldest eye society). This photo was taken of Dr. Dick Simmons, one of the giants in glaucoma, and Dr. Alward holding the Revere Bowl presented to Dr. Alward at the occasion.

  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 13:45

    Studies of two large families with nanophthalmos identified mutations in the TMEM98 gene that lead to development of abnormally small eyes that is a dominantly inherited trait. Read more about it here.

  • Friday, August 7, 2015 - 11:45

    Herman Miller is a high quality furniture company that outfits the world’s most comfortable and productive offices and homes. Leaders at Herman Miller have been important supporters of the Wynn Institute for Vision Research and its mission to cure blinding diseases. Brian Walker, Herman Miller CEO, hosted a Wynn Institute for Vision Research meeting and fundraising event in Holland, Michigan on August 3. During this event, glaucoma researchers from the WIVR toured Herman Miller factories and learned about the Herman Miller Performance System - the company’s approach to continuous improvement. Read more about it here.

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 12:15

    Daniel Bettis MD is the newest addition to the Glaucoma Service. He recently completed his Glaucoma Fellowship at the Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City, Utah and will be providing medical and surgical glaucoma care at the University Hospitals and Clinics and at the Iowa City VA Hospital.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 08:45

    Dr. Fingert was recognized for his service and contributions to ophthalmic research by being named a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (FARVO). Read more about it here.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 08:45

    After completing her ophthalmology residency at Ross Eye Institute in Buffalo, New York, Dr. Jiaxi Ding is now beginning her glaucoma fellowship at the University of Iowa. The Glaucoma Service is happy to have her on the team!

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