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Vol. LXV, No. 10
May 10, 2013
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NEI Global Health Lecture Looks at Genetic-Epidemiological Studies

Prof. Govindasamy Kumaramanickavel (Kumar) (l) and Dr. J. Fielding Hejtmancik

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 retinopathy.

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) 496-5248.


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