Office of Inclusion and Diversity

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The Office of Inclusion and Diversity would like to congratulate Dr. Jean Bennett, MD, PhD, on being selected as the honoree of the 55th Annual Marion Spencer Fay Award event on Wednesday, November 7th.

Dr. Bennett studies the molecular genetics of inherited retinal degenerations with the idea of using this knowledge to develop rational approaches for treatment of these diseases. Target diseases include retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration. Studies in her laboratory range for identifying the molecular bases of retinal degenerations, generating animal models for these diseases and rescuing vision in animal models through gene based treatments. Dr. Bennett was one of the first investigators to use viral vectors to deliver transgenes to specific cells in the retina and also led the first team to demonstrate proof-of-principle of ocular gene therapy. She has developed a number of strategies for gene therapy-mediated treatments for retinal disease.

Dr. Bennett’s Lecture will begin at  4:30 PM and is titled “Seeing the Light With Retinal Gene Therapy: From Fantasy to Reality.” 

Location: Geary Lecture Hall

New College Building

Drexel University College of Medicine

245 N. 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

The lecture and award presentation will be immediately followed by a reception in the Dean’s Board Room on the 19th Floor of New College Building.

Please contact Janine Barber at the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership with questions or to RSVP: or 215-991-8194.

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