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Eye Hospital Gets $5M Gift for Research

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It builds on an earlier $2M grant.

Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia has received a $5 million gift from philanthropists Vickie and Jack Farber to create the Vickie and Jack Farber Vision Research Center at Wills Eye.

This gift builds on the Farbers’ initial $2 million grant, according to a press release. That money “empowered Wills Eye Hospital’s internationally renowned center for ophthalmologic care to expand and build new foundations for vision-related research and to recruit internationally-recognized vision epidemiologist, Leslie Hyman, Ph.D to Wills Eye Hospital.”

The creation of the Farber Vision Research Center “will allow these initiatives to enter a new phase of growth,” the release states. The gift will support development of new research initiatives in data mining and analytics, tele-ophthalmology, expanded community-based research, and the creation of a new clinical trials unit.

“Wills Eye is a great institution with incredibly talented people who are motivated, forward thinking and committed to advancing scientific knowledge,” said Jack Farber. “If you put those energies together with financial support to accelerate the rate of progress, you truly make a difference in patients’ lives.”

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The new research center at Wills Eye Hospital will work in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson University’s Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience, according to the release.

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