The Alcon Research Institute

Alcon supports serious research in eye health and works to expand the frontiers of ophthalmic and optometric sciences through the Alcon Research Institute (ARI).

Alcon Research Institute Awardees

Tin Aung

Tin Aung

MBBS (Singapore), FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth (UK), MMed (Ophth) (Singapore), FAM (Singapore), PhD (London)

Professor Tin Aung is Senior Consultant and Head, Glaucoma Service, Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC); Deputy Director, Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI); and Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS).

Prof Aung is a clinician-scientist and leads the Glaucoma Research Group at SNEC/SERI. His main research interests are angle closure glaucoma (ACG) and the molecular genetics of eye diseases. With >350 publications, he has been an invited lecturer to >100 international conferences. Prof Aung has been awarded >US$12 million in competitive research grant funding and has received numerous awards including the Singapore NMRC-Clinician Scientist Awards in 2005 and 2008, the President’s Science Award in 2009, the Nakajima (2007) and De Campo Awards (2013) from the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and the Alcon Research Institute Award in 2013.

Prof Aung is a member of the Editorial Boards of Ophthalmology, Journal of Glaucoma, Eye, Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Asia Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology and 5 other journals.

Gustavo Aquirre

Gustavo Aguirre

The School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Gustavo D. Aguirre is Professor of Medical Genetics and Ophthalmology at The School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and works with large animal models of inherited retinal degeneration. His lab focuses on model identification and disease gene discovery, establishing disease metrics and defining molecular pathways linking the gene and mutation to the disease, and developing gene-based and other therapies for translational applications.

Francois Delori

Francois Delori

Mass Eye and Ear, Harvard University

Dr. Delori studies light damage to the retina, and the role of macular pigment and of RPE lipofuscin in age-related retinal degeneration and other retinal degenerations. He has pioneered novel optical techniques to measure macular pigment and to study lipofuscin and melanin pigments in the retinal pigmented epithelium.

Russell Van Gelder

Russell Van Gelder

University of Washington

Russell Van Gelder is a clinician-scientist, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at University of Washington. His laboratory studies non-visual photoreception in the inner retina and other tissues. The Van Gelder laboratory has made significant progress in understanding the mechanisms by which intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells entrain circadian rhythms, control pupillary light responses, and mediate light-regulated, non-visual behaviors.

Theodore G. Wensel

Theodore G. Wensel

Baylor College of Medicine

Theodore G. Wensel received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Davis, in 1984, and went on to postdoctoral training at Stanford University School of Medicine in the laboratory of Lubert Stryer, M.D. There he began his studies of the biochemistry of phototransduction, which he continued in his own laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine, starting in 1988. He rose to the rank of Professor by 1999, in 2003 assumed the Welch Professorship in Biochemistry, and was appointed Department Chair in 2012. He holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, and Pharmacology. He is Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory course “Fundamental Issues in Vision Research”. In 2013 he was co-recipient of Proctor Medal of ARVO.

Janey Wiggs

Janey Wiggs

NEIGHBORHOOD Consortium

Dr. Wiggs is a clinician scientist who leads a research program directed toward the discovery and characterization of genetic factors contributing to glaucoma. She is the PI of the NEIGHBORHOOD consortium contributing over 20,000 samples for genomic studies in primary open angle glaucoma, the most common form of glaucoma in the Western world.