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1.06.2011

Groundbreaking Research at Bascom Palmer Catches the Eye of Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Sandra Day O’Connor may have left the bench, but the former U.S. Supreme Court justice remains active. O’Connor, who was the first woman on the nation’s highest court, paid a special visit to UM’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute on January 3, learning about the eye hospital’s cutting-edge research. O’Connor has a special interest in retinal degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease. Eduardo C. Alfonso, professor and chair of Bascom Palmer, hosted Justice O’Connor at the Mary and Edward Norton Library of Ophthalmology.

Above, from left, are Vittorio Porciatti, director and vice chair of research of the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Vision Research Center at Bascom Palmer; Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., professor and director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics; Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics; Justice O’Connor; Jeffrey L. Goldberg, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of ophthalmology; Adrienne Arsht, philanthropist and UM trustee; and Bascom Chair Eduardo Alfonso.

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