Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has received a $12 million donation from Lois Pope to establish a collaborative center for research on macular degeneration and retinal diseases, according to a press release.
The gift, which was donated in memory of Pope’s mother, is the largest in Bascom Palmer’s history.
Lois Pope with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Director Eduardo Alfonso
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
“Researchers and clinicians at Bascom Palmer have a legacy of leadership in the global fight against retinal diseases. Mrs. Pope’s generosity will allow that tradition to continue and usher in an unprecedented era of scientific discovery in our mission to end macular degeneration and other blinding conditions,” Eduardo C. Alfonso, MD, the Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Chair in Ophthalmology and director of Bascom Palmer, said in the release.
The 21,000-square-foot Lois Pope Center for Retinal & Macular Degeneration Research will be the third building on Bascom Palmer’s Palm Beach Gardens campus, and it will be equipped with research, diagnostic and imaging technology, as well as educational facilities.
“My mother, Anastasia Berrodin, suffered from macular degeneration until her death in 1996. Everyone at Bascom Palmer was so wonderful to her during the many years she received treatment. They even gave us all kinds of apparatus to try at home,” Pope said in the release. “I will never forget their compassion, kindness and support. So, I am proud to give this gift in her memory with the hope of finding a cure for this dreadful disease.”