Prof. Govindasamy Kumaramanickavel (Kumar) (l) and Dr. J. Fielding Hejtmancik
The National Eye Institute Global
Health Vision Lecture will feature
NEI’s Dr. J. Fielding Hejtmancik and
Prof. Govindasamy Kumaramanickavel
(Kumar) of Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital,
India. The lecture will take place on
Thursday, May 16, at noon at Lawton
Chiles International House (Bldg. 16).
Developing countries present unique
advantages for carrying out genetic
and genetic-epidemiological studies.
Hejtmancik and Kumar will explain how these studies can increase our knowledge
of the genetic epidemiology of specific diseases in the populations being
studied as well as of the diseases and genes themselves. Examples will be given
from both Mendelian and complex ophthalmic genetic diseases in India, including
congenital and age-related cataracts, primary open angle glaucoma and diabetic
Hejtmancik is chief of the ophthalmic molecular genetics section, Ophthalmic
Genetics and Visual Function Branch. Kumar was a Fogarty visiting associate in
1997-1998 and was trained by Hejtmancik. Currently he is research director at
two premier ophthalmic institutions of India: Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore,
and Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai.
The Global Health Vision Lecture Series is sponsored by NEI, Fogarty International
Center and the NIH global health interest group. NEI created the series
in 2012 to foster global collaboration and the exchange of information among
international vision researchers and eye health clinical scientists.
For information about the lecture, contact Sandra Jones at (301) 496-2234.
Individuals with disabilities who need sign language interpreters or reasonable
accommodation to participate in this event should contact Linda Huss at (301)