As in recent years, the meeting kicks off on Thursday night with a black-tie-preferred fundraising gala to benefit glaucoma research. This year’s theme is “The Cure is in Sight.”
Thomas W. Burns, president and CEO of Glaukos Corp., will receive the 2018 Catalyst Award in recognition of his leadership and commitment to the development of innovative treatments that have advanced the existing glaucoma standard-of-care and enriched the lives and treatment alternatives for patients worldwide, according to the GRF. Under Burns’ leadership, Glaukos pioneered MIGS, which revolutionized the traditional glaucoma treatment and management paradigm.
In addition, Carl V. Migliazzo, MD, will receive the President’s Award, which honors outstanding volunteerism and dedication to GRF’s work. Dr. Migliazzo has served as editor-in-chief of the GRF Gleams newsletter and is chairman of GRF Ambassadors, a group of more than 60 physicians dedicated to patient education.
The evening will include a performance by Tony Lindsay, a Grammy Award-winning recording artist. Lindsay was born in New York but calls San Francisco home. He performs with Santana, a group with which he began touring in 1991. His unique style has made him a favorite collaborator with such notable artists as Al Jarreau, Steve Winwood, Aretha Franklin, and Lou Rawls.
Gala tickets are $495 per person, which includes dinner, silent and live auction, entertainment, and research progress reports. It will be held at the Palace Hotel.