Mr. Michael Barnett is Of Counsel to the law firm of Lieber & Associates, LLC, a firm specializing in healthcare law. He serves on the Board of Directors of several not-for-profit organizations including the Fiver Children's Foundation and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Alumni Association. Barnett served as the New York State gubernatorial appointee to the New York State Hospital Review and Planning Council, serving on the Council's Executive Committee and as chairman of the Project Review Committee. He has received numerous awards including two for alumni of Columbia University. Barnett holds a B.A. from Colgate University, and an M.S. in Hospital Administration and a J.D., both from Columbia University.
"With more and more people living longer, I became increasingly concerned about the quality of life for the aging population, including myself. The impact that neurodegenerative diseases have on the individual and his or her loved ones can be devastating–emotionally, physically, and financially. Through service on the BrightFocus Board of Directors, I felt this was an exceptional opportunity to devote my time and energy to BrightFocus' mission to support scientific research aimed at finding effective treatments, and eventually cures, for the diseases that BrightFocus has dedicated itself to–Alzheimer's, macular degeneration, and glaucoma."