This year, for the first time, BrightFocus presented the Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research. Sometimes called the “Nobel Prize of vision research,” the yearly award honors outstanding individuals whose efforts are helping to rid the world of preventable blindness. The prize was established in 1994 by the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education.
This year’s Helen Keller prize went to two recipients.
As a nice touch, Keller Johnson-Thompson, Helen Keller’s great-grand-niece was on hand to speak on behalf of the Keller family.
BrightFocus President and CEO Stacy Haller also addressed the group and told them about BrightFocus’ mission of raising funds to support research into two of the world’s most frequent causes of blindness: macular degeneration and glaucoma. This year, thanks to donor generosity, BrightFocus was able to award a total of $11 million for grants beginning in 2015 and beyond.
“We support both basic research and clinical trials,” Haller said. “We are best known for supporting scientists early in their careers, helping jump-start many exciting new ideas.”
[Use these links to learn about new research BrightFocus is funding in 2015 through its Macular Degeneration Research, National Glaucoma Research, and Alzheimer's Disease Research grant programs.]