Wills Eye Hospital has announced that a gift of $5 million has been made to the hospital by philanthropists Vickie and Jack Farber to create the Vickie and Jack Farber Vision Research Center at Wills Eye.
The gift builds on their initial $2 million grant that 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, PhD, to Wills Eye Hospital. Now, the creation of the Farber Vision Research Center will allow these initiatives to enter a new phase of growth.
“Wills Eye is a great institution with incredibly talented people who are motivated, forward thinking and committed to advancing scientific knowledge. If you put those energies together with financial support to accelerate the rate of progress, you truly make a difference in patients’ lives,” said Jack Farber.
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.
The support of Vickie and Jack Farber reflects the growing collaboration of Wills Eye and the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University. The study of many eye diseases and the study of neurologic disease are closely related. The new research center at Wills Eye Hospital will work in conjunction with Jefferson’s Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience to better understand, and find cures for, these diseases.
“Wills Eye Hospital has always been an international leader in clinical care; and the heart of where passionate, dedicated physicians train and teach in the field of ophthalmology. This marks an exciting new chapter at Wills Eye Hospital in our vision research capabilities. On behalf of everyone at Wills Eye Hospital, we are truly grateful for the Farber family’s deep friendship and steadfast support,” said Julia A. Haller, MD, ophthalmologist-in-chief, Wills Eye Hospital.
“We are deeply grateful to Vickie and Jack Farber for their ongoing support and astute eye toward the future. A robust and vibrant centralized research program at Wills takes this great institution to a new level,” said Joseph P. Bilson, chief executive officer, Wills Eye Hospital.