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NIH Record - 75th Anniversary - National Institutes of Health

'Festschrift’ for NEI’s Ferris, June 5

Dr. Frederick (Rick) Ferris III

Dr. Frederick (Rick) Ferris III

NIH’ers are invited to join NEI in celebrating the career of Dr. Frederick (Rick) Ferris III, former NEI clinical director and director of the NEI Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications. He retired in November 2017 after 44 years at NIH. The event Tuesday, June 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Kirschstein Auditorium, Bldg. 45, will feature presentations from Ferris’ collaborators who will highlight lessons learned from clinical trials.

Ferris was involved in dozens of clinical trials, including NEI’s first—the Diabetic Retinopathy Study. This and other trials served as the basis for treatment guidelines that cut the incidence of severe vision loss from diabetic retinopathy by 90 percent.

Ferris was also active in clinical trials for age-related macular degeneration. Taking the reins as NEI clinical director in 2000, Ferris ushered the eye clinic into the digital age, overseeing transition to an electronic medical records system to strategically collect data.

For more information and to register, visit or email Maria Zacharias,

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