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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.
Ralph Hazlewood, completed his PHD working on the genetics of optic nerve disease in The Glaucoma Genetics Lab at the University of Iowa. He is pictured with his graduate school advisor, John Fingert, at graduation ceremonies on May 22. Dr. Hazlewood will continue his training as a post-doctoral fellow in Doctor Rachel Kuchtey’s laboratory at Vanderbilt University.
Ralph Hazlewood successfully defended his thesis, “The molecular genetics of optic nerve disease using patients with cavitary optic disc anomaly”. He will graduate in May with a PHD in the Interdisciplinary Program in Genetics. Dr. Hazlewood will continue his studies of the genetics of optic nerve disease with a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Rachel Kuchtey’s laboratory at Vanderbilt.
The Glaucoma Genetics Lab partnered with a multinational consortium to discover the 2nd known gene for exfoliation syndrome, one of the most common causes of glaucoma worldwide. Read more about this research here.
Research lead by graduate student Ralph Hazlewood identified a mutation in the MMP19 gene as the cause of a congenital malformation of the optic nerve known as cavitary optic disc anomaly (CODA). Read more about the discovery here.
We report discovery of TBK1 gene defects (abnormalities in the number of TBK1 genes in the genome) in another cohort of patients, the patients studied by the NEIGHBORHOOD study group. The manuscript is now available at www.IOVS.org in the Papers In Press section.
The Glaucoma Genetics Lab co-authored a manuscript about cavitary optic disc anomaly (CODA) in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Read more about this report here.
Buddy Lazier drove his Indy 500 car with prominent Wynn Institute for Vision Research (WIVR) and University of Iowa logos in the 2014 Indy 500 race to promote awareness of inherited eye diseases and the research efforts of the WIVR. More recently, Buddy visited the WIVR labs and brought his Indy car along to lead the 2014 homecoming parade as its grand marshall! Read more about Buddy Lazier’s connection with the WIVR here.