Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research

Borish Scholars Program

Mission of the Borish Scholars Program

The Borish Scholars Program was created in 2015 in an effort to continue to advance clinical care and vision science through the transmission of cutting-edge clinical science, and foster collaboration of IU faculty with clinicians and scientists from around the globe.  The Scholar program was named in honor of the legendary clinician-scientist, Dr. Irv Borish, one of the founding members of the Indiana University School of Optometry (IUSO).  Nominations for Scholars are solicited from the each of the IUSO faculty each year and selected by the Borish Scholars Selection Committee.  Scholars are selected based on their history of providing major research and scholarly contributions related to vision, patient care, clinical research, and of interest to Indiana University’s mission and education.  Up to 6 Scholars are selected per year.  

Scholars are invited to provide a lecture at Indiana University, (typically occurring) during the regularly scheduled Vision Science (‘Oxyopia’) seminar on Fridays over the noon hour.  Individual and group interaction with faculty and students is also an emphasis during the visit.  Travel expenses and honorarium are provided by the IUSO.

The 2015-2016 Borish Scholars are listed below.  More information on their visit and speaking topic will be forthcoming as the date approaches.

9/2/2016     Christine A. Curcio, PhD (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

10/14/2016     Artur Cideciyan, PhD (Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)

12/2/2016     Paul Gamlin, PhD (Ophthalmology, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

3/3/2017     Martin S. Banks, PhD (Optometry and Vision Science, University of California, Berkeley)

04/07/2017     Nancy McNamara, OD, PhD (Optometry and Vision Science, University of California, Berkeley)

04/29/2016     Susana Marcos, MS, PhD (Professor of Research, Insitituto de Optica-CSIC; Director of the Visual Optics and Biophotonics Lab in Madrid, Spain)