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Lighthouse Guild, the leading not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization, today announced that distinguished scientist and clinician Russell N. Van Gelder, MD, PhD, is the recipient of the 2017 Bressler Prize. Dr. Van Gelder’s interests are focused on the pathogenesis of uveitis and non-visual photoreception. He runs an active laboratory investigating uses of polymerase chain reaction diagnostics in uveitis and he has been at the forefront of the field of non-visual photoreception for the past 20 years.
“Dr. Van Gelder is being recognized for his remarkable accomplishments and the significant impact of his research,” said Alan R. Morse, JD, PhD, President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild. “His wealth of knowledge has made him a luminary in vision science.”
“Lighthouse Guild is committed to improving the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired,” Dr. Morse said. “We are pleased to recognize scientists and clinicians who are searching for and finding ways to understand visual mechanisms, restore vision, and help those with vision loss. Dr. Van Gelder’s ability to uncover new avenues in research has opened up pathways to help people with vision loss lead full and productive lives.”