“We don’t do research as an intellectual exercise. We do research because there is a patient at the end of the day.” Dr. Miguel N. Burnier Jr. MD, PhD, FRCSC
Since January 2000, the Henry C. Witelson Ocular Pathology Laboratory has been bringing together clinicians and researchers from around the world in an attempt to provide an atmosphere that is both enriching and multidisciplinary. Tasked with a triple mission of consultation, education and research, the laboratory provides consultation for patients and their doctors, as well as education, teaching and training for pathologists, oncologists, biologists, medical and graduate students.
Under the direction of Drs. Miguel N. Burnier Jr and Bruno Fernandes, lab memebers work to discover the mechanisms underlying various ocular diseases including uveal melanoma, retinoblastoma, age-related macular degeneration, ocular toxoplasmosis and other clinical ocular pathologies.
The union of experts from several countries and with varying medical backgrounds has provided the impetus for the laboratory’s success to date. With the addition of new experts every year, the lab strives to translate basic research findings into clinically significant treatment options for the millions of individuals afflicted with these devastating ocular diseases.