Lighthouse Guild Awards Lectures

Online via Zoom

October 19, 2023 | 12:00 EST


Date: Thursday, October 19, 2023 
Time: 12:00 pm 
Location: Online via Zoom (Event link will be emailed upon registration.) 

Please join us for three exciting lectures by the 2023 Lighthouse Guild Awards recipients for outstanding accomplishments in vision science, technological innovation, and advocacy! 

Presentations by

Wiley A. Chambers, MD, Medical Director, FDA

2023 Alfred W. Bressler Prize in Vision Science Recipient

Saqib Shaikh, Project Lead for Seeing AI

2023 Pisart Award in Technological Innovation Recipient

The Honorable, Carolyn B. Maloney

2023 Dr. Alan R. Morse Lecture in Advocacy Recipient

The Bressler Prize in Vision Science is awarded to a person whose research has resulted in translation of medical or scientific knowledge into significant advancements in the treatment or rehabilitation of people with vision loss. 

The 2023 Bressler Prize recipient, Wiley A. Chambers, MD, is the Director of the Division of Ophthalmology in the Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Chambers has been responsible for the clinical review of new ophthalmologic drug products and ophthalmic therapeutic biologic products submitted to the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research for the past 35 years. 

The Pisart Award in Technological Innovation recognizes an individual, group of individuals or organization that have made significant contributions to the field of vision science. The award also recognizes those whose technological innovations improve the lives of people with vision loss. 

The 2023 Pisart Award recipient, Saqib Shaikh, is driven by the power of technology to improve the lives of people with vision loss. As someone who is blind, he has personal experience of such technology to which he owes his success. Mr. Shaikh, an engineering manager at Microsoft, led the development of Seeing AI, a free mobile app which leverages Artificial Intelligence to assist someone who is blind with daily tasks. The technology has been called “life-changing” by users. 

The Morse Lecture in Advocacy honors those who have demonstrated leadership, raised awareness of low vision, addressed barriers, and are working to make a world where no person is limited by their sensory capacity. 

The 2023 Dr. Alan R. Morse Lecture in Advocacy for People with Vision Impairment honoree, The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney, represented the East Side of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn and Queens in the U.S. Congress from 1993 to 2023. Ms. Maloney introduced the Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act in 2022. She authored and passed over 80 pieces of legislation in her legislative career, including those designed to help improve the health of millions. 

Registration is required to attend this event. To obtain the Zoom link please register below. 


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