Philanthropists donate $5 million for retinal research

Allergan founder Gavin Herbert and his wife, Ninetta, have pledged $5 million to advance retinal research at UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, the academic eye care center named in his honor.

“As longtime champions of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, the Herberts have shown that community leaders can have an indelible impact on academic medicine and the future of healthcare,” said Dr. Michael J. Stamos, interim dean of the UC Irvine School of Medicine. “We are grateful for this generous estate gift, which makes possible future investigations that may explore ideas we cannot even imagine today.”

The gift from the couple is dedicated to expanding the breadth and depth of research into the retina, the part of the eye responsible for converting light into the images that are transmitted to the brain. The retina is associated with such conditions as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment.

Read the entire story published on the UC Irvine Health website.



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