Wills Eye Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University recently created the Wills Vision Research Center at Jefferson to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of visual diseases through regional, national and global collaboration among clinicians and researchers. Representing more than 15 scientific disciplines, this multi-disciplinary approach draws upon extensive knowledge and outstanding clinical expertise not only in the field of ophthalmology but also in specialities such as oncology, pathology, neurology and endocrinology.

The new center is directed by Julia Haller, MD, Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at Wills Eye Hospital and Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, and A. Sue Menko, PhD, Professor of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Research projects already in development include:

  • Understanding the genetics of congenital abnormalities
  • Preventing neuro-degenerative diseases like age-related macular degeneration and the impact of Parkinson's on the visual system
  • Developing new treatments for cancers in the visual system, e.g., retinoblastoma and uveal melanoma
  • Studying the connection between low vision and depression, especially in the elderly
  • Understanding the effects of diabetes on visual health, e.g., diabetic retinopathy

For more information about the Wills Vision Research Center at Jefferson, please contact:

Lisa Hark, PhD
(215) 928-3045