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NIH Record - 75th Anniversary - National Institutes of Health

Inaugural Piatigorsky Lecture Highlights Basic Science, Evolution in Animal Eyes

A collage of eyes from the animal kingdom

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and the National Eye Institute (NEI) announce that Dr. Dan-Eric Nilsson of Lund University in Sweden will deliver the inaugural talk in the Joram Piatigorsky Basic Science Lecture and Award Series. The lecture takes place (in-person only) on Tuesday, Apr. 11 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. ET in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Made possible by the generous philanthropic support of Lona and NIH scientist emeritus Dr. Joram Piatigorsky—founder of NEI’s Laboratory of Molecular and Development Biology—this endowed series brings special consideration for basic eye and vision scientists who take risks exploring little-studied species and imaginative ideas. 

Nilsson’s lecture promotes and communicates basic discoveries in eye and vision research that result in far-reaching observations that may inform widespread areas of science—from the eye to the world as it were—rather than the other way around.

The talk will be followed by a light reception. Trainees and scientists from all NIH institutes and centers are encouraged to attend. Read more at

American Sign Language interpreting services are available upon request. Individuals who need interpreting services and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, should contact Claudia Costabile at or the NIH Interpreting Office directly, via email, at Requests should be made at least five business days in advance in order to ensure interpreter availability.

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