A Thank You from Dr. Kimberly Gokoffski
My name is Kim Gofoffski and I’m a neuro-ophthalmologist at the University of Southern California, Roski Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology.
I want to thank all of the donors to the BrightFocus Foundation for their support which is enabling me to perform what I hope to be transformative research in the field of optic nerve regeneration.
As you all know, glaucoma Is a condition in which retinal ganglion cells sustain damage to their long tails or axions. This damage leads to axion retraction and eventually death to the retinal ganglion cell itself. Unfortunately to date, no therapy exists to restore vision to the 64 million people worldwide who are legally blind from advanced glaucoma. At best, current therapies hope to prevent further retinal ganglion cell loss.
With the support of the BrightFocus Foundation, we plan to develop applied electrical fields into a technology that can regenerate the optic nerve and restore vision to patients devastated by this condition.