Jay Duker, M.D., is the director of the New England Eye Center and professor and chairman of ophthalmology at the Tufts Medical Center and the Tufts University School of Medicine. His major research interests include imaging of the posterior segment, retinal vascular disease, and drug delivery to the eye. Dr. Duker, who is well known for his work in the field of Ocular Coherence Tomography, has published nearly 200 journal articles and has authored four books including Yanoff and Duker’s Ophthalmology, one of the best-selling ophthalmic textbooks over the past decade. Dr. Duker lectures extensively both nationally and internationally.
Rajendra Kumar-Singh, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Kumar-Singh published one of the first studies investigating gene therapy as a viable treatment for retinal diseases such as Retinitis Pigmentosa. Dr. Kumar-Singh is currently pioneering a gene therapy for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) that is expected to enter human clinical trials within the next two years. He has been presented with a Young Investigator Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness and was named the Dolly Green Scholar and recipient of a Career Development Award from Research to Prevent Blindness. Dr. Kumar-Singh serves regularly on NIH study sections and is an inventor of a variety of technologies currently being used in clinical trials.
Elias Reichel, M.D., is professor and vice chair of ophthalmology at the Tufts University School of Medicine and director of the Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Service of the New England Eye Center. He specializes in both medical and surgical diseases of the retina with a strong research interest in age-related macular degeneration, retinal degenerations, and retinal vascular diseases. Among his contributions, Dr. Reichel pioneered the development of sub-threshold laser treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration. He has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and he lectures on a national and international basis.
Johanna M. Seddon, M.D., Sc.M., is a professor of ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine and the founding director of the Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Genetics Service at the Tufts Medical Center. Her groundbreaking research on the nutritional factors associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and her discoveries regarding the genetic, biological, and geneticenvironmental factors associated with this disease have resulted in worldwide recognition and many awards, including the inaugural Dr. Maurice F. Rabb, Jr. Award from Prevent Blindness America. The first ophthalmologist to attend the Harvard School of Public Health and obtain a graduate degree in epidemiology, she is also a renowned practicing ophthalmologist specializing in evaluation and treatment of patients with macular degeneration.