An Evening of BrightFocus, June 6, 2018

Honorees from left: Brenda Gallie, MD, FRCSC, A. Linn Murphree, MD, Rachel Bennett, PhD, Thaddeus Dryja, MD, and James Keach. BrightFocus President and CEO Stacy Pagos Haller is second from the right.
Honorees from left: Brenda Gallie, MD, FRCSC, A. Linn Murphree, MD, Rachel Bennett, PhD, Thaddeus Dryja, MD, and James Keach. BrightFocus President and CEO Stacy Pagos Haller is second from the right.

An Evening of BrightFocus brought more than 400 guests from the scientific, philanthropic, private, and public sectors together in Washington in June 2018 to celebrate promising science and bold advocacy to end Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.



The event was hosted by Richard Lui, with special guest Sunny Hostin. Later in the evening there was a special musical performance by Julian Raymond, Bennett Salvay, and Jimmy Webb.

Recognized that evening:

  • James Keach received the Public Leadership Award for his years of work and dedication to increasng awareness about Alzheimer's disease.

  • Webster Cavenee, PhD, Thaddeus Dryja, MD, Brenda Gallie, MD, and A. Linn Murphree, MD received the Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research, honoring their collaboration on the genetics of vision disease.

  • Rachel Bennett, PhD, was recognized as an outstanding emerging researcher in the field of Alzheimer’s disease..

Honorees to Date

Public Leadership Award

2018 James Keach, Director, Producer, Actor
PCH Films

2017 George and Trish Vradenburg, Co-founders
UsAgainstAlzheimer’s

2016 Meryl Comer, President and CEO
Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative

Scientific Impact Award

2017 Joe G. Hollyfield, PhD, Chairman, Ophthalmic Research
Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute

2016 Stanley B. Prusiner, MD, Director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases and Professor of Neurology and Biochemistry, University of California, San Francisco.

Spotlight: Emerging Researcher

2018 Rachel Bennett, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School

2017 Jennifer R. Gatchel, MD, PhD, Instructor in Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital

Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research

2018
Webster Cavenee, PhD
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of California, San Diego

Thaddeus Dryja, MD
Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Brenda Gallie, MD
The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

A. Linn Murphree, MD
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California


Cocktails with the Scientists

Guests had the opportunity to interact informally with six BrightFocus-funded scientists who discussed their research at learning stations throughout the reception area.

Rachel Bennett, PhD, Harvard Medical School
Vessels of Change: Tau, Brain Circulation, and Alzheimer's

Meredith Gregory-Ksander, PhD, Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Targeting Inflammation as a New Way to Treat Glaucoma

Makoto Ishii, MD, PhD, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Understanding Early Weight Loss in Alzheimer’s Disease

Benjamin J. Kim, MD, University of Pennsylvania
The GALA Trial: Testing Alpha Lipoic Acid for Dry AMD

Yvonne Ou, MD,University of California, San Francisco,
The Eye’s First Responders! Neuronal Injury and Recovery in Glaucoma

Sheldon Rowan, PhD, Tufts University
Connecting Our Diets to Gut Bacteria and Eye Health


Special Thanks to our Sponsors

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