Emory University researcher Eldon E. Geisert, PhD, a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Emory Eye Center, will present Envisioning Better Health: How Genes and Environment Impact Vision at the South Cobb Regional Library in Mableton on Tuesday, April 23rd at 2 pm.

Eldon Geisert, PhD

Dr. Geisert will discuss the basics of DNA and how genes contribute to normal development. He will also cover the role of genetic mutations in disease processes and how the entire genome can predispose people to disease. He will describe factors affecting the health of our eyes.

“Both genes (nature) and environment (nurture) can affect our health and vision,” Dr. Geisert said.

The Cobb County Public Library is presenting the program by Dr. Geisert with Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library. Emory University, in collaboration with the National Libraries of Medicine, a federal institution, is part of the All of Us Research Program’s SouthEast Enrollment Center (SEEC) network. The All of Us Research Program is seeking to gather data from one million or more volunteers living in the U.S. to accelerate health research.

Dr. Geisert is a member of Emory Eye Center’s research team since January 2014. Most recently, he served as professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, as the Hamilton Eye Institute professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology and director of Research in Ophthalmology. His primary research interests include defining molecular processes that control the retina’s response to injuries and a novel molecule that selectively kills the most lethal form of brain cancer, glioblastoma.

From the National Libraries of Medicine:

The National Libraries of Medicine (NLM) is honored to be selected as a community partner of the NIH All of Us Research Program. Through this collaboration, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) focuses on consumer access of high quality health information to Underrepresented in Biomedical Research communities throughout the United States while raising awareness of precision medicine and the importance of the NIH All of Us Research Program to enhance medical breakthroughs and advance individualized treatment, prevention, and care for all of us.” (https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us).

“Yi Ling, PhD, Dr. Eldon Geisert, PhD, and Jiaxing Wang, MD, PhD, go over recent finding that identify the cells in the eye that are the most sensitive to glaucoma in the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (Bioanalysis) Core Laboratory at Emory Eye Center.  This work may lead to methods for early detection of glaucoma and an understanding of why the cells connecting the eye to the brain die.” Photo by Donna Price, Emory Eye Center

South Cobb Regional Library, 805 Clay Road, Mableton 30126. 678-398-5828


Emory Eye Center, www.eyecenter.emory.edu

Eldon E. Geisert, PhD, Emory Eye Center

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Envisioning Better Health: How Genes and Environment Impact Vision @ South Cobb Regional Library on April 23rd, 2 pm
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