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Mount Sinai Establishes Eye and Vision Research Institute

New York, NY – January 9, 2017 /Press Release/  –– 

The Mount Sinai Health System has announced the creation of the Mount Sinai/New York Eye and Ear (NYEE) Eye and Vision Research Institute.  The Institute is the first of its kind in the New York City metropolitan region, and will expand Mount Sinai’s eye and vision research portfolio.  


Bringing together eye and vision researchers from The Mount Sinai Hospital and NYEE, the new Institute will foster collaborations between faculty at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and academic departments throughout the Mount Sinai Health System to maximize their collective efforts.  


The Mount Sinai/NYEE Eye and Vision Research Institute will combine expertise from other fields of medicine to find breakthrough treatments and cures for eye conditions and disease, and will further research that can preserve vision and/or reverse blindness.  Planned areas of research expansion include stem cell and regenerative biology of the visual system, ocular imaging, and genetics and genomics of eye disease.  Investigators from other Mount Sinai institutes such as The Friedman Brain Institute, the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, and The Black Family Stem Cell Institute will provide critical insights to catalyze these advancements.


“New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is on the forefront of clinical research in ophthalmology, and the creation of this Institute will further advance eye and vision research by capitalizing on Mount Sinai’s basic science and translational research strengths,” said James C. Tsai, MD, MBA, Delafield-Rodgers Professor and System Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Mount Sinai Health System, and President, NYEE. “We look forward to collaborating with these institutes and benefiting from the expertise of their faculty to leverage our own strengths since not all research breakthroughs in vision science emanate from ophthalmology alone.”


Douglas A. Jabs, MD, MBA, Professor of Ophthalmology and Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai, and Director, Uveitis Division, The Mount Sinai Hospital, is the inaugural Director of the Institute. An internationally recognized clinician-scientist, Dr. Jabs has held continuous National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for more than 30 years. His personal research portfolio includes more than 20 years of bench immunology research, translational research in the area of viral drug resistance, and clinical research in the fields of AIDS, cytomegalovirus retinitis, and uveitis. Dr. Jabs has chaired numerous NIH-funded, multicenter, national and international clinical trials, including the Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial and the Studies of the Ocular Complications of AIDS (SOCA), and is an internationally recognized expert in research methodology.  He has authored over 300 original articles and 48 book chapters.  


“The creation of this Institute will enable us to build on the strengths of NYEE in clinical care and research, the Mount Sinai Department of Ophthalmology in vision research, and the Icahn School of Medicine in basic and translational research to develop a world-class program dedicated to cutting-edge discovery and the integration of research with clinical care,” said Dr. Jabs.  “We know that when clinicians and researchers work together on clinical problems, the result is breakthroughs that advance the care of patients with eye disease, and that is our goal.”  


About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.  


The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is in the “Honor Roll” of best hospitals in America, ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2016-2017 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report.  The Mount Sinai Hospital is also ranked as one of the nation’s top 20 hospitals in Geriatrics, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Ear, Nose & Throat, and is in the top 50 in four other specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 10 nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in "Best Children's Hospitals." 


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About the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is an international leader in medical and scientific training, biomedical research, and patient care. It is the medical school for the Mount Sinai Health System, an integrated health care system which includes seven hospitals and an expanding ambulatory network serving approximately 4 million patients per year.


The School has more than 1,800 students in MD, PhD, and Master's programs and post-doctoral fellowships; more than 5,600 faculty members; over 2,000 residents and fellows; and 23 clinical and research institutes and 34 academic departments. It is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per principal investigator. The School was the first medical school in the country to create a progressive admissions approach for students who seek early assurance of admission through the FlexMed program.


The Graduate School of Biomedical Science trains PhD and MD/PhD students, and offers master's-level programs in areas such as genetic counseling, clinical research, biomedical sciences, and public health, and an online master's degree in health care delivery leadership. The seamless connections between our medical school, graduate school, and hospital campuses provide an extraordinary environment for translating scientific discoveries into clinical treatments.


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