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Stephen D. McLeod, MD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, has been appointed to the National Advisory Eye Council. This committee advises the National Eye Institute on funding decisions, initiatives, and strategic planning.
Dr. McLeod leads a department
that has risen to the top six
in federal vision research funding.
As a well-respected clinician researcher, Dr. McLeod leads a department that has risen to the top six in federal vision research funding. His perspective encompasses the impact and challenges of vision research ranging from basic laboratory investigation to clinical trials that study patients using innovative therapies.
The National Eye Institute, as part of the National Institutes of Health, works to identify and support the most promising research to prolong and protect the vision of the American people. It funds investigations that can generate scientific discoveries to save sight.
“The National Eye Institute is by far the nation’s most significant source of funding for vision research, setting the direction and agenda,” explains Dr. McLeod. “This appointment is a tremendous opportunity to contribute to the process.”
UCSF Ophthalmology is ranked as one of the nation’s top eye institutes. Dr. McLeod’s four-year appointment will span the remainder of the Obama administration and the beginning of the next.