Preserving the Precious Gift of Sight

RRF Gonin Lecturer

Presented by Club Jules Gonin

The Jules Gonin Lecturer of the Retina Research Foundation is selected by members of Club Jules Gonin every two years. The award recipient is chosen for making a significant contribution to the understanding and treatment of eye diseases. The $20,000 award is presented at the Biennial meetings of Club Jules Gonin.

2016 Award Recipient

Thomas W. Gardner, MD, MS
Thomas W. Gardner, MD, MS

Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences,

Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and Internal Medicine

Kellogg Eye Center

Ann Arbor, MI


Jules Gonin Lecture presented at XXXth Meeting of the Club Jules Gonin

Bordeaux, France

July 8, 2016

Dr. Gardner’s Title: The Neurovascular Unit: A New Dimension in Diabetic Retinopathy

2016 RRF Gonin Lecturer Dr. Gardner with Dr. Thomas Wolfensberger, Secretariat, Club Jules Gonin

Tom Gardner has advanced the concept that diabetic retinopathy is a neurovascular disease. His research includes collaborative studies that revealed a molecular basis for retinal vascular permeability and diabetic macular edema, as well as mechanisms for the accelerated death of retinal neurons. He has extended the role of neurosensory retinal damage in diabetes to quantify visual function impairment in persons with diabetes, and to adopt these techniques as dynamic endpoints for therapeutic clinical trials. His current work includes team science investigations of the metabolic basis of diabetes complications.


2014 Award Recipient

Frank G. Holz, MD
Frank G. Holz, MD




Chairman and Professor

Department of Ophthalmology, University of Bonn

Bonn, Germany


Jules Gonin Lecture presented at XXIXth Meeting of the Club Jules Gonin

Zurich, Switzerland

September 5, 2014

Dr. Holz’s Title: Fundus Autofluorescence Imaging in Dry AMD


Dr. Holz’s research interests include innovative retinal imaging technologies and image analysis strategies, pathogenesis, biomarkers and new therapies for age-related macular degeneration and other retinal diseases.

He was instrumental in the development of the use of cSLO fundus autofluorescence (FAF) imaging for refined phenotyping of dry AMD, identification of predictive markers for progression and the use of lesion growth with automated area quantification techniques as a main outcome parameter in interventional clinical trials for geographic atrophy due to AMD.

He initiated the multicenter prospective FAM-Study (Fundus Autofluorescence in Age-related Macular Degeneration), and has been involved in the design, development, and execution of many clinical trials. He has been a cofounder of the Priority Program age-related macular degeneration of the German Research Council (DFG) and founded the GRADE Reading Center Bonn to perform digital image analysis in clinical natural history and interventional trials with a focus on dry AMD.

Jules Gonin, Pioneer of Retinal Detachment Surgery
Jules Gonin, Pioneer of Retinal Detachment Surgery

Previous RRF Gonin Lecturers

2014    Frank G. Holz, MD

2012    Professor José-Alain Sahel

2010    Anthony Adamis, MD, and  N. Ferrera, MD

2008    Einar Steffanson, MD

2006    Alain Gaudric, MD

2004    Leonidas Zografos, MD

2002    Joan Miller, MD

2000    Veit Peter Gabel, MD

1998    Peter Wiedemann, MD

1996    Evangelos Gragoudas, MD

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