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Dr. Joan Miller selected to deliver the prestigious Edward Jackson Memorial Lecture
Date:11/21/2012

Boston (Nov. 20, 2012)--Joan Whitten Miller, M.D., Henry Willard Williams Professor of Ophthalmology and Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, and Chief of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital, delivered the LXIX (69th) Jackson Memorial Lecture at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Miller was only the second woman to deliver this prestigious lecture since its inauguration in 1944. She delivered this year's lecture on November 11 at McCormick Place in Chicago, and the associated paper will be published in a forthcoming issue of American Journal of Ophthalmology.

The Jackson Memorial Lecture honors the legacy of Dr. Edward Jackson (1856), a prominent ophthalmologist whose contributions include popularizing the use of the retinoscope and developing techniques for examining the eye. Dr. Jackson was dedicated to the education and training of ophthalmologists; he helped create the American Board of Ophthalmology, as well as its first board examination. "It is fitting to honor Dr. Jackson with an annual lecture at the American Academy of Ophthalmology," says Dr. Miller. "It is a privilege to add my name to the list of Jackson lecturers."

In her presentation titled "Age-Related Macular Degeneration Revisited: Piecing the Puzzle," Dr. Miller discussed how the understanding of age-related macular generation (AMD) has evolved over recent decades. In AMD, subretinal deposits of lipids and proteins trigger inflammation and cellular stress, leading to retinal dysfunction. In the advanced neovascular or "wet" form of the disease, the choroidal blood vessels under the retina grow abnormally, destroying the retinal photoreceptors that are critical for vision. According to the World Health Organization, AMD is the leading cause of blindness in industrialized nations and the 3rd leading cause of blindness worldwide.

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Contact: Vannessa Carrington
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617-573-3341
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
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