Navigation Links
American Academy of Ophthalmology Mourns Loss of Judah Folkman, MD, Pioneering Researcher
Date:1/15/2008

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Ophthalmology expresses its sadness at the death of Judah Folkman, MD, whose research on angiogenesis inhibitors sparked major advances in the treatment of eye diseases and other illnesses that involve excessive or abnormal angiogenesis, or blood vessel development.

"Dr. Folkman's death is a loss to ophthalmology and to all of medicine," said H. Dunbar Hoskins, Jr., MD, executive vice president for the Academy. "Because of his groundbreaking work, we have seen remarkable advances in helping patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) save their vision and even regain some of their eyesight."

Dr. Folkman was the keynote speaker at the American Academy of Ophthalmology's annual meeting to held November 11-13, 2007, in New Orleans. In Dr. Folkman's address, Dr. Folkman stressed that ophthalmology was present at the beginning of his research into angiogenesis. To prove his theory, he performed his early angiogenesis experiments in rabbit eyes because their corneas were ideal for detecting new blood vessels. The eye was the best way he and his colleagues could show that a tumor could make a protein that could stimulate new blood vessels.

Dr. Folkman and his research group identified the first angiogenesis inhibitors in 1985, after enduring fellow scientists' indifference or scorn for their approach for 20 years. Today, at least 40 compounds that affect angiogenesis are being tested in humans to combat a range of cancers, heart disease, and eye diseases including AMD, retinopathy of prematurity (a form of childhood blindness), and diabetes-related disorders.

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons -- Eye M.D.s -- with more than 27,000 members worldwide. Eye health care is provided by the three "O's" -- opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who can treat it all: eye diseases and injuries, and perform eye surgery. To find an Eye M.D. in your area, visit the Academy's Web site at http://www.aao.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Academy of Ophthalmology
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. American Red Cross Partners With Safety4Kids(R) to Debut Childrens Fire Safety DVD
2. Black Americans Still Wary of Clinical Trials
3. Susan G. Komen for the Cures Circle of Promise and The Links, Incorporated Unite to Rewrite the Story on African Americans and Breast Cancer
4. American Life League Announces Third Training and Activism Weekend
5. Sun Savvy Sadly Lacking Among Americans
6. American Lung Association Report Gives Illinois Mixed Grades
7. American Heart Association President Urges Congress to Support Preventative Measures to Reduce Risk Factors for the Nations No. 1 Killer
8. Federal Government Receives Failing Grades on Tobacco Control in Annual American Lung Association Report
9. EHE International Supports the American Liver Foundations Efforts at Raising Awareness for Hepatitis
10. Gary Tschautscher of Nonin Medical, Inc. Receives CEO of 2007 for North American Patient Monitoring From Frost & Sullivan
11. American Red Cross Announces New Leader for Biomedical Services
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... “The Communion of Saints: ... of God in congregations across the United States. “The Communion of Saints” ... 1964 who has served congregations in seven states throughout his long career of ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... ... A recent report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) advocates for ... on a review of GPA and SAT/ACT requirements at 221 institutions in 25 states, ... that this higher bar should be set by states, by the Council for the ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... , ... Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) is pleased to announce the ... clinic is the group’s second in New Braunfels and 22nd in Texas. , TexPTS ... location brings things full circle for the group, “It’s crazy to think that we ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Holland, PA and Grimsby, Ontario (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... The MBI ... the modular industry or whose acts have had a significant impact on the careers of ... Sales and Marketing with NRB Inc. was inducted into the MBI’s Hall of Fame. ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... March is ... that pack a punch when it comes to maintaining good health. Every day, two ... minutes, your kidneys filter every drop of your blood, eliminating waste, regulating fluid levels ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... 23, 2017  Mirabilis Medical, a ... for non-invasive surgery, announced today CE Mark authorization ... of uterine fibroids throughout the European Union.  The ... from the US Food and Drug Administration to ... in the United States.  The Mirabilis System combines ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Forecast to 2025" report to their offering. ... The Global Cryostat Market is ... next decade to reach approximately $3.5 billion by 2025. ... the given segments on global as well as regional levels presented ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... 23, 2017  Transportation Insight, a multi-modal lead logistics ... chain management firm with expertise serving clients in the ... Rick Zaffarano was named a 2017 Food ... by the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the ... "Rick has brought to Transportation Insight a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: