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Symposium held in honor of Proctor Medal recipient Dr. Gustavo Aguirre

By: John Donges Published: Mar 22, 2018

Dr. Gustavo Aguirre presents at the symposium held in his honor.
Last November, the Translational Retinal Research & Therapies Symposium brought together a group of internationally recognized scientists and clinician scientists from the veterinary and human medical fields. They presented the latest research in areas including retinal disease gene discovery, disease mechanisms, translational studies, and clinical applications. 

The symposium was held in honor of Dr. Gustavo Aguirre, Dr. Gustavo AguirreV’68 (pictured above and at right), Professor of Medical Genetics and Ophthalmology at Penn Vet, who received the 2017 Proctor Medal from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. The Proctor Medal honors excellence in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology, and Aguirre is the first veterinarian to be granted the Medal in its 67-year history. His research area is the molecular basis of inherited blindness, and his approach to developing genetic therapies for dogs with Leber’s congenital amaurosis has paved the way to clinical trials in humans. He received the award for his development of unique canine models of retinal degeneration, which provides basic information about their counterpart human diseases.

In addition to Aguirre, speakers included Dr. William Beltran, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Penn Vet; Dr. John Flannery, Professor of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of California – Berkeley; Dr. Alison Hardcastle, Professor of Molecular Genetics at University College of London; Dr. Samuel G. Jacobson, Professor of Ophthalmology at Scheie Eye Institute of the University of Pennsylvania; and José-Alain Sahel, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.