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BrightFocus offers research grants to some of the best scientists in the U.S. and around the world working towards cures for Alzheimer's disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma. If you wish to interview a researcher about his or her investigations, we can help you contact an appropriate expert. For more information please call 301-948-3244 or 1-800-437-2423.

Guy Eakin, Ph.D., Vice President of Scientific Affairs

Guy Eakin, Ph.D.

Guy Eakin, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Scientific Affairs at the BrightFocus Foundation. Dr. Eakin leads the foundation's efforts to identify promising and innovative research, and works to ensure continued research progress in each of the over 100 active research projects throughout the world.

Prior to coming to BrightFocus, Dr. Eakin worked in medical research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. During his research career, he has studied and developed new ways of visualizing complex microscopic events in living cells and animals.

Dr. Eakin holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from Baylor College of Medicine, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Indiana University.

Diane Bovenkamp, Ph.D., Scientific Program Officer

Diane Bovenkamp, Ph.D.

Diane Bovenkamp, Ph.D., is the Scientific Program Officer at BrightFocus Foundation. In this position, Dr. Bovenkamp administers and ensures a high level of scientific accountability in the foundation’s research grant award program and scientific review process, and serves as a scientific liaison, fostering strong relationships with grantees, the academic research community, and other like-minded nonprofits.

Dr. Bovenkamp holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and continued research at the Johns Hopkins University Bayview Proteomics Center in the Division of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

In addition to her scientific background, Dr. Bovenkamp brings extensive experience communicating complex, evidence-based health and research information to the public, carried out while she was the Science Communications Specialist at BrightFocus, Director of Science Information and Programs at the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and Science Writing Intern with the Media Team at Johns Hopkins Medicine's Office of Corporate Communications.

Last Review: 01/22/14


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