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Please check this page periodically to learn about upcoming BrightFocus Foundation special events and research workshops.

Upcoming Events

Macular Fast Track

September 27, 2021

BrightFocus Foundation will hold its first Macular Fast Track workshop in 2021 to help speed progress towards finding a cure for macular degeneration by investing in promising young scientists in the field of vision research.

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Alzheimer's Fast Track 2021

December 1, 2021

The Alzheimer’s FastTrack workshop is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or other early-career scientists focused on Alzheimer’s disease research to participate in an immersive learning experience that accelerates their knowledge, expertise, and visibility in this exciting field.

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Glaucoma Fast Track 2021

May 24, 2022

BrightFocus Foundation will hold the third Glaucoma Fast Track to accelerate the fight for a cure by investing in promising young scientists in the field of vision research.

A female African American researcher looking through a microscope

Turning Point

BrightFocus Foundation, a presentation partner for Turning Point, invites you to watch a gripping new documentary about researchers on the cusp of a scientific breakthrough that could be the first step toward making Alzheimerʼs disease a distant memory. BrightFocus, through our Alzheimer’s Disease Research program, supports bold, innovative scientific research worldwide to discover a cure for Alzheimer’s. Join us.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson featured in Turning Point

Common Features of Neurodegenerative Diseases: Exploring the Brain-Eye Connection and Beyond

March 9, 2021

For the third consecutive AD/PD bi-annual conference this workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the common and distinct features of neurodegenerative diseases, which include not only those affecting the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and mixed dementia; but also the ocular diseases including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and inherited retinal degenerative diseases.

Illustration showing the connection between the eye and the brain

Upcoming Chats

Geographic Atrophy: A Possible New Treatment

October 27, 2021

The guest experts are Moshe Vardi, MD, VP and Global Medicine Team Lead, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc (Boston), and Aleksandar Skuban, MD, Executive Medical Director for Neurology & Ophthalmology Clinical Development and Translational Sciences, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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