Washington University in St. Louis professors Mae Gordon, PhD, and Michael Kass, MD, received the 2022 Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research yesterday. The annual prize, presented by BrightFocus Foundation and the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, honors scientific discovery and excellence and is chosen by an independent awards committee.
“Glaucoma progressively and permanently destroys peripheral vision. Tragically, it often goes unnoticed until becoming quite advanced,” said Robert Morris, MD, President of the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, noting, “By skillfully designing and managing a clinical trial lasting for over twenty years, these Helen Keller Laureates ultimately found the answers to how glaucoma development can be predicted and prevented.”
BrightFocus President and CEO Stacy Pagos Haller stated, “The work of Drs. Gordon, Kass and West is a bold testament to the power of science to save sight. The Keller Prize recognizes the ways Drs. Gordon and Kass have transformed our understanding and treatment of glaucoma and how Dr. West curbed blindness around the world.”