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Dr. Michael Gorin, Acclaimed Retinal Expert and Geneticist, Joins Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA


The UCLA Jules Stein EyeInstitute and the department of ophthalmology of the David Geffen School ofMedicine at UCLA have appointed Dr. Michael Gorin the Harold and Pauline PriceChair in Ophthalmology and professor of ophthalmology in the retina and visionscience divisions.

The appointment represents a homecoming for Gorin, whocompleted his medical internship at the David Geffen School of Medicine beforepursuing a postdoctoral fellowship and ophthalmology residency at the JulesStein Eye Institute.

"It is a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Gorin back to UCLAand to the full-time faculty at the Jules Stein Eye Institute," said Dr. BartlyMondino, institute director and chair of the ophthalmology department.

Gorin returns to UCLA from the University of Pittsburgh,where he served as assistant vice chancellor for strategic initiatives for the university'ssix graduate health sciences schools. He joined the Pittsburgh campus in 1990, rising to the rankof professor of ophthalmology and human genetics and serving as interim chairfor both departments. He also was the founding director of the university's Centerfor Human Genetics and a founding senior associate of the Center for BiomedicalInformatics.

Prior to joining academics, Gorin worked at the U.S. NationalEye Institute as a medical officer in the clinical branch of ophthalmicgenetics. He earned his medical degree and doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvaniaand completed a combined clinical fellowship in medical retina and ophthalmicgenetics at Moorfields Eye Hospitalin London.

In his new UCLA post, Gorin will divide his time betweentreating patients with retinal diseases, conducting genetic research oninherited eye disorders and training young ophthalmologists. His primary focusis the molecular genetics of hereditary eye disorders, particularly age-relatedmacular degeneration (AMD), retinitis pigmentosa and Stargardt disease.

Gorin's research team was the first to pinpoint geneticregions that contribute to AMD, the leading cause of blindness in people over50. His laboratory's findings led to the identification of several maculardegeneration genes by multiple scientists.

Gorin was elected to the Omega Delta Honor Society forgraduate studies in public health and has been the recipient of both the Lew R.Wasserman Merit Award and the Senior Scientific Investigator Award from the Researchto Prevent Blindness foundation. Heis co-editor of the journal Current Eye Research, has published more than 100scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of five bookchapters.




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