Scientist-Technology Manager Jan M. Stouffer Joins BrightFocus Foundation Board of Directors

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Jan M. Stouffer, PhD, a polymer physicist and manager with over 30 years of experience in research and development, has joined the BrightFocus Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Foundation, a Maryland-based nonprofit, works to end Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

“As a scientist, I am excited to work with the diverse talents on the Board to ensure that BrightFocus continues to fund researchers to find a cure for these diseases,” said Stouffer.  "I have personally been touched by all three of the age-related diseases. I witnessed how my grandfather's life was impacted by macular degeneration and now my mother strives daily to combat glaucoma.  I have supported friends as their parents slowly slipped away with Alzheimer's disease.”

“The Board is honored to have Jan Stouffer join our movement to cure diseases of mind and sight,” said BrightFocus Chair Scott Rodgville, CPA. “Jan’s scientific background and personal and professional experiences will be wonderful assets for BrightFocus.  She brings tremendous resolve and commitment to our mission.”

Most of Stouffer’s career was at the DuPont Company, where she led teams of scientists and engineers to develop new polymer products and processes. As a researcher she was awarded 12 U.S. patents.  She also held leadership roles in a variety of functions, including marketing, operations, and international regulatory compliance, where she ensured that products such as medical devices complied with regulations.

As the Baby Boomers reach retirement, these diseases will take a growing toll on the nation.  BrightFocus Foundation recently announced $13.3 million in new research grants, a record amount for the organization. The Foundation has funded more than $36 million in the last three years alone, and currently manages a portfolio of over 175 research projects worldwide.