JACK MCGOVERN COATS’ DISEASE FOUNDATION ESTABLISHES SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
Top pediatric retinal specialists and researchers named to newly formed Scientific Advisory Board
BURLINGAME, California – The Jack McGovern Coats’ Disease Foundation has announced the formation of a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).
The SAB is composed of top pediatric retinal specialists and researchers dedicated to improving treatments for patients with Coats’ Disease, raising awareness, and advancing research in the field. The SAB is primarily responsible for making recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Directors regarding research priorities and funding.
Inaugural members of the SAB include Arthur Fu, MD; Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD; Michael Jumper, MD; Katie Koborsi, MS (SAB Chair); Thomas Lee, MD; Franco Recchia, MD; Lejla Vajzovic, MD; and Sherri Van Everen, PharmD (SAB Liaison to the Board).
Coats’ Disease is a rare eye condition in which blood vessels leak into the back of the eye, causing swelling and partial or full retinal detachment. Nearly two-thirds of all patients are children and seventy-five percent are male. There is no cure. The Jack McGovern Coats’ Disease Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Coats’ Disease and serves as the preeminent resource for Coats’ Disease patients and their families. The Foundation’s mission is to offer all Coats’ Disease patients hope and improvements as they wage a lifelong battle against Coats’ Disease and blindness.
“The formation of the Scientific Advisory Board is a major step for the Foundation,” stated Board President, Suzanne C. Levere. The caliber of the SAB members speaks to our commitment to ensuring that research funded by the Jack McGovern Coats’ Disease Foundation is scientifically rigorous and has the potential to advance the Foundation’s work to find improved treatments and a cure through the latest cutting-edge medical research.”
ABOUT THE JACK MCGOVERN COATS’ DISEASE FOUNDATION
The Jack McGovern Coats’ Disease Foundation funds research to find a cure for Coats’ Disease and pediatric retinal disorders. The Jack McGovern Coats’ Disease Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable Foundation that was established in 2006 by the parents of Jack McGovern as a promise to their son that they would never rest until there was a cure for Coats’ Disease.