The council advises NEI about conducting and supporting research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs that address blinding eye diseases and disorders, visual function mechanisms, sight preservation and the health needs of visually impaired individuals. Members are leaders in the fields of ophthalmology, optometry, and basic sciences, as well as public policy, law, health policy, economics and management.
Glaser’s research has led to a better understanding of the basic mechanisms of eye development. He and his team have identified mutations and regions of the genome associated with human blindness present from birth. His most recent NEI funding supported research on retinal ganglion cell function and the genetic basis of anophthalmia, a birth defect resulting in the absence of one or both eyes.
Part of the National Institutes of Health, the NEI leads the federal government’s research on the visual system and eye diseases. It supports basic and clinical science programs that result in the development of sight-saving treatments.