World-class Scientific Review Committees

Our funding philosophy is to follow the most innovative and promising ideas that will lead to a cure for diseases of mind and sight. 

Each year, our Scientific Review Committees (SRC) comprised of renowned leaders in their fields, recommend new research opportunities for BrightFocus to advance our goal of defeating Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.    

BrightFocus currently funds $65 million in 260 research projects worldwide through its three programs, Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Macular Degeneration Research, and National Glaucoma Research.

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The following experts have served on each committee within the preceding five years:

Alzheimer's Disease Research

Committee Members

  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts

  • The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

  • Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida

  • University of California, San Francisco, California

  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

  • University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California

  • University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California

  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York

  • University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida

  • University College London, London, UK

  • Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle, Washington

  • Columbia University, New York, New York

  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houstion, Texas

  • University of California, San Francisco, California

  • University of California San Francisco, California

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Brigham Young University, Laie, Hawaii

  • Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

  • Columbia University, New York, New York

  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

  • University of California, Davis, California

  • University of Toronto, Canada

  • University of California, San Diego, California

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington

  • Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

  • Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

  • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

  • Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts

  • University of California, San Francisco, California

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Macular Degeneration Research

Committee Members

  • The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

  • University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

  • The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

  • University College London, London, United Kingdom

  • University of California, Los Angeles, California

  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

  • Hadassah Medical Center Jerusalem Israel

  • Retina Foundation of the Southwest, TX

  • University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas

  • Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • University at Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, New York

  • Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Gainesville, Florida

  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Institut de la Vision France

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Queens University, Belfast, UK

National Glaucoma Research

Committee Members

  • Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon

  • University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

  • University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

  • Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Devers Eye Institute, OR

  • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

  • Duke University, Durham, NC

  • Schepens Eye Research Institute/Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Boston Massachusetts

  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

  • University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York

  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

  • University of California, Davis, California

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

  • The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

  • Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Oregon Health &Science University, Portland, Oregon

  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana