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NEIís Second Event to Celebrate its 40th Anniversary Focuses on the Genetic Basis of Eye Disease

Left to right: National Advisory Eye Council (NAEC) Member and Symposium speaker Val Sheffield, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Iowa College of Medicine), NAEVR Board President Stephen Ryan, M.D. (Doheny Eye Institute), and NEI Director Paul Sieving, M.D., Ph.D.
Left to right: National Advisory Eye Council (NAEC) Member and Symposium speaker Val Sheffield, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Iowa College of Medicine), NAEVR Board President Stephen Ryan, M.D. (Doheny Eye Institute), and NEI Director Paul Sieving, M.D., Ph.D.
On April 16-17, NEI also hosted an NIH campus-based Genetics and Genomics in Vision Symposium, which featured presentations on research into the genetic basis of a number of blinding eye diseases. The NEI has been a leader in research into the genetic basis of disease, as one-quarter of all genes discovered to date are related to eye disease. NAEVR Board President Stephen Ryan, M.D. (Doheny Eye Institute) offered a clinical perspective in his comments, addressing the translation of genetic discoveries into diagnostics and treatments.