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BrightFocus Foundation to Showcase Science and Advocacy Awards for Alzheimer’s, Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma

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WHEN: Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 6 p.m.: Scientists available for interviews (12 – 2 p.m.; Awardees and scientists pre-reception 5-6 p.m.)

WHERE: Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC

PHOTOS: Event photos available upon request.

WHAT: BrightFocus Foundation is hosting its third annual dinner to celebrate and showcase some of the world’s most promising science to end Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Leading BrightFocus-funded investigators will share their current research during a science demo prior to the awards dinner and program.  Scientists from University of California, San Francisco, University of Pennsylvania, Tufts University, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Weill Cornell Medical College will be available for interviews. Full list of scientists is here.


BrightFocus Award® for Public Leadership
James Keach, PCH Films

BrightFocus Spotlight: Emerging Researcher
Rachel Bennett, PhD, Harvard Medical School

Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research
Webster Cavenee, PhD, University of California, San Diego
Thaddeus Dryja, MD, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Brenda Gallie, MD, FRSC, University of Toronto
A. Linn Murphree, MD, University of Southern California


Richard Lui, news anchor for MSNBC, NBC News


Sunny Hostin, Co-Host of The View


BrightFocus Foundation is a premier source of private research funding to defeat Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.  We are currently managing a global portfolio of nearly 200 research projects, a $40 million investment in the bold, innovative science that will find the cures for diseases of mind and sight.  We share the latest research findings and best practices to empower families impacted by these diseases.