Scientific Review Committees

Each BrightFocus program has its own Scientific Review Committee (SRC), composed of established, well-regarded investigators from universities and research institutes worldwide. All research funding applications are carefully peer-reviewed and rated by SRC members.

The SRCs then convey their recommendations to the BrightFocus Board of Directors which bases final funding decisions on the results of this formal, rigorous process, taking into account program goals and availability of funds.

SRC reviewers must have the appropriate expertise and must decline to review any applications for which there may be a potential conflict of interest. In addition, reviewers may not participate in any review cycle in which they have submitted an application for funding. Both the information in grant applications and the deliberations of the SRCs are strictly confidential.

Alzheimer's Disease Research Program


Edward Koo, M.D. (University of California, San Diego, La, Jolla, California)

David R. Borchelt, Ph.D. (University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida)

Committee Members:

  • M. Flint Beal, MD (The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York)
  • Guojun Bu, PhD (Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida)
  • George Carlson, PhD (McLaughin Research Institue, Great Falls, Montana)
  • Mark D'Esposito, MD (University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California)
  • Steven Estus, PhD (University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky)
  • Matthew Frosch, MD, PhD (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Douglas Galasko, MD (University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California)
  • Charles G. Glabe, PhD (University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California)
  • Alison M. Goate, D.Phil. (Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri)
  • Yukiko Goda, PhD (RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Saitama, Japan)
  • Todd E. Golde, MD, PhD (University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida)
  • John Hardy, PhD, FMedSci, FRS (University College London, London, UK)
  • Julie Harris, PhD (Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle, Washington)
  • David M. Holtzman, MD (Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri)
  • William Jagust, MD (University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California)
  • John "Keoni" Kauwe, PhD (Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah)
  • Cynthia A. Lemere, PhD (Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Allan I. Levey, MD PhD (Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Ronald K. Liem, PhD (Columbia University, New York, New York)
  • Hendrik Luesch, PhD (University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida)
  • John M. Olichney, MD (University of California, Davis, California)
  • David P. Salmon, PhD (University of California, San Diego, California)
  • Gerard Schellenberg, PhD (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Jane Sullivan, PhD (University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington)
  • Rudolph Tanzi, PhD (Massachusetts General Hospital, Charleston, Massachusetts)
  • David B. Teplow, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles, California)
  • Gopal Thinakaran, PhD (University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois)
  • Ronald B. Wetzel, PhD (University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD (Stanford University Medical School, Stanford, California)
  • Kristine Yaffe, MD (Universith of California, San Francisco, California)
  • Riqiang Yan, PhD (Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Hui Zheng, PhD (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas)

Macular Degeneration Research program


Joe G. Hollyfield, Ph.D. (The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio)

Interim Chair for FY16:

Michael B. Gorin MD, PhD (University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California)

Committee Members:

  • Bela Anand-Apte, PhD (The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Robert E. Anderson, MD, PhD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
  • John D. Ash, PhD (University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida)
  • Alan Bird, MD (University College London, London, United Kingdom)
  • Catherine Bowes-Rickman, PhD (Duke University, Durham, North Carolina)
  • Deborah Ferrington, PhD (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Steven Fliesler, PhD (University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York)
  • Claire Harris, PhD (Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales)
  • Alfred S. Lewin, PhD (University of Florida, Gainesville, Gainesville, Florida)
  • John Penn, PhD (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee)
  • Nancy J. Philp, PhD (Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Sylvia B. Smith, PhD (Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, Georgia)
  • Debra Thompson, PhD (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan)

National Glaucoma Research program


John C. Morrison, M.D. (Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon)

Committee Members:

  • R. Rand Allingham, MD. (Duke University, Durham, North Carolina)
  • Claude F. Burgoyne, MD (Devers Eye Institute, Portland, Oregon)
  • Abbot F. Clark, PhD (University of North Texas, Denton, Texas)
  • Anne L. Coleman, MD, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles, California)
  • Adriana DiPolo, PhD (University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
  • C. Ross Ethier PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Thomas F. Freddo, OD, PhD (University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
  • Jeffrey L. Goldberg, MD (University of California, San Diego, California)
  • Richard Libby, PhD (University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York)
  • Nicholas Marsh-Armstrong, PhD (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD)
  • Stuart J. McKinnon, MD, PhD (Duke University, Durham, North Carolina)
  • Robert W. Nickells, PhD (The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Ian Sigal, PhD (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Arthur J. Sit, MD (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota)
  • W. Daniel Stamer, PhD (Duke University, Durham, North Carolina)
  • James N. Ver Hoeve, PhD (University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Monica Vetter, PhD (Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Mary Wirtz, PhD (Oregon Health &Science University, Portland, Oregon)
  • Darrell WuDunn, MD, PhD (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana)