Mr. Stenvers works as a CEO at the Eye Care Foundation while also working for the International Council of Museums, advising at UNESCO World Heritage and teaching at the Amsterdam University of the Arts and the Presidential program for Ministers of RANEPA in Russia. In this episode, we discuss how those seemingly distant roles are actually somehow related, and the skills he acquired during the years are being used to help the +200 million people with visual disabilities in developing countries. About the guest: Björn is CEO of the Eye Care Foundation. He combines this role with his many …

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As the president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind, Dr. Kirk Adams is a leader in the field of blindness and is committed to pursuing strategic relationships with peers, policymakers, employers, and other influencers to create a more inclusive and accessible world for the more than 20 million Americans with vision loss. About the guest: Kirk Adams Ph.D. President and CEO American Foundation for the Blind As president and chief executive officer of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Kirk Adams is a longtime champion of people who are blind or visually impaired and is …

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In this episode, Dr. Joel Schuman gives a detailed overview of how a team of collaborators from diverse academic backgrounds developed Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), a technology that was a leap forward in the field of Ophthalmology. Dr. Schuman further explores how curiosity lies at the center of his motivation to continue discovering and innovating even after co-developing a breakthrough medical technology. About the guest: Dr. Schuman was named Elaine Langone Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Ophthalmology at NYU Langone Health, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, in 2020. In 2016, he was appointed Professor …

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In this episode, Dr. David Pyott shares insights and lessons learned as the former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Allergan. David further details the genesis of The Ophthalmology Foundation, highlighting the importance of education and maintaining a global perspective in order to improve eye care and advance the preservation and restoration of vision for all. About the guest: David E.I. Pyott, CBE, MD (Hon.) OstJProfessional Director, Private Investor & PhilanthropistPresident of Ophthalmology FoundationFormer Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Allergan Inc. During his 17 year tenure, Allergan Inc. was transformed from a small eye care …

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Lex Gillette, five-time Paralympian and 2020 Tokyo silver medalist in long jump, shares his experience from a young boy with sudden vision loss to world-class athlete. Lex gives an overview of his training, the importance of having the right mindset, and how anybody with a vision can do more than most dream is possible. About the guest: Lex Gillette is a globally recognized Paralympic track and field athlete for Team USA. Competing primarily in the long jump, Lex has amassed five Paralympic medals, four world championships, and he is the current world record holder in the event. He is …

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Jay Newman, Head of U.S. Commercial at Spark Therapeutics provides a detailed overview of gene therapy for inherited retinal disease. Jay discusses the challenges associated with gaining regulatory approval and how this approval has impacted the company and the low vision community at large. About the guest: Jay Newman General Manager & Head of US Commercial Jay Newman has over 30 years of commercial experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. He currently leads all aspects of Spark Therapeutics US Commercial business. As Spark’s Head of US Market Access, Jay envisioned, developed, and directed the execution of Spark’s innovative …

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Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai shares his experience as a visually impaired student who was fast tracked through high school and entered university at age 15, highlighting the numerous challenges and the benefit of a growth mindset. Dr. Sukhai further describes new initiatives in low vision research and shares advice for people who are striving for success in life and work while dealing with a visual impairment. About the guest: Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai is the world’s first congenitally blind biomedical research scientist. Mahadeo is Director of Research and Chief Inclusion and Accessibility Officer for the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the …

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Ophthalmologist and vision science researcher Dr. Brian Ballios provides an overview of stem cell therapies for inherited retinal diseases, including Retinitis Pigmentosa. Dr. Ballios further discusses the importance of genetic testing, highlighting that knowledge of a patient’s underlying mutation is often required to access clinical trials and approved therapies. About the guest: Dr. Brian G. Ballios, MD, PhD, FRCSCAssistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision SciencesThe J. Ardeth Hill – Fighting Blindness Canada Professor in Ocular Genetics ResearchAcquired and Inherited Diseases of the Retina, Vitreous and Choroid Dr. Ballios is a fellowship-trained clinician scientist, with a focus on medical …

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In this episode, Ophthalmology and visual science researcher Dr. Yves Sauvé gives an overview of how vision works in the eye and in the brain, highlighting normal and pathological changes in these structures that can alter the visual experience. Dr. Sauvé further describes modifiable lifestyle factors that can influence vision as we age, as well as various related topics that he covers in depth in his book, Feeling the Meaning Of Life. About the guest: Dr. Sauvé is a recently retired neurophysiologist from the University of Alberta. He authored 97 peer-reviewed papers on vision, developed and taught sensory physiology …

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In this episode, Dr. Carlos Quezada Ruiz describes the evolution and challenges of clinical trials from his unique perspective as an active retina specialist who also oversees modules of some of the world’s most impactful clinical trials in Ophthalmology in his role as Senior Medical Director at Genentech. Dr. Quezada Ruiz further highlights the importance of a patient-centric approach for everyone working in the field of Ophthalmology, including industry professionals, basic scientists, and clinicians. About the guest: CARLOS QUEZADA-RUIZ, M.D., F.A.S.R.S.Senior Medical Director, Clinical Science Ophthalmology Carlos Quezada-Ruiz, M.D. is a Senior Medical Director on Genentech’s Ophthalmology Clinical Science …

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