Bascom Palmer’s Dr. Luis E. Vazquez Named Emerging Vision Scientist

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Luis E. Vazquez, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology, was named a 2016 Emerging Vision Scientist by the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research for his innovative glaucoma research.

Vazquez was one of 22 young scientists from across the United States selected to participate in the second annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day, hosted by the Alliance’s Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative on September 14-15.

Vazquez was honored to have been selected as an Emerging Vision Scientist.

“I am flattered to be able to represent Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the University of Miami with this esteemed award,” he said. “I am privileged to have received this recognition to be able to highlight the importance of vision research to finding new cures and treatments for blindness.”

“Luis Vazquez is an extraordinary vision scientist,” said Vittorio Porciatti, D.Sc., Director and Vice Chairman of Research. “I am certain he will be at the forefront of advances in vision research for many years to come. This award is a recognition of his invaluable presence in the research laboratories at Bascom Palmer.”

The event reflecting the breadth of breakthrough vision research took place on Capitol Hill, where educational and advocacy activities focused on how the research being conducted by the scientists would prevent, delay and treat vision disorders while emphasizing the importance of robust, sustained and predictable National Institutes of Health funding for the next fiscal year and beyond.

The scientists presented their innovative work to members of Congress and their staffs at a reception. Vazquez met with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and the legislative correspondents in the office of Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL).

At Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Vazquez’s research concentrates on the pathophysiology of glaucoma, understanding the early cellular and molecular events underlying the disease. His clinical research focuses on novel applications of optical coherence tomography of the optic nerve head and macula for detection and progression analysis of glaucoma, as well as the role of the vitreoretinal interface in glaucomatous damage and glaucomatous changes in advanced age-related macular degeneration. His basic science research focuses on the development of the optic nerve head, neuroprotection of retinal ganglion cells, the role of the immune complement cascade in early glaucomatous damage, and regulation of intraocular pressure.

Vazquez is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, where he was awarded a B.S. degree in biology. He received his Ph.D. in molecular neurobiology from the California Institute of Technology and his M.D. from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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