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6/2013 - Frank Giblin, Ph.D., professor and director of Oakland University's Eye Research Institute, presented invited lectures this spring at the University of Catania in Sicily and the University of Pisa, both of which are nearly 600 years old. The talk in the School of Medicine at Catania University was on ocular antioxidants, and was the plenary lecture for the European Frontiers in Ocular Pharmacology. The lecture in the Department of Biology at the University of Pisa was on Dr. Giblin's research on nuclear cataract formation.


8/2011 - Frank Giblin, professor of biomedical sciences and director of the Eye Research Institute, was the keynote speaker at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Cataract Research, held in Fukuoka, Japan on June 17-19. The title of his talk was "Ultraviolet light, oxygen and cataract." He was the only non-Japanese speaker at the meeting. Dr. Giblin also presented lectures at the Kanazawa Medical University Department of Ophthalmology in Kanazawa on June 20, and at the Tokai University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology in Tokyo on June 21.

2/2009 - Frank Giblin, director of the Eye Research Institute, published a paper in the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology titled "Measurement of Lens Protein Aggregation in Vivo Using Dynamic Light Scattering in a Guinea Pig/UVA Model for Nuclear Cataract." Co-authors included Dr. Giblin's research associate, Dr. Francis Simpanya; his research assistant, Victor Leverenz; and collaborator Dr. Rafat Ansari of NASA in Cleveland, Ohio. The work links UVA radiation contained in sunlight to the formation of human age-related cataract.

12/2008 - Frank Giblin, director of the Eye Research Institute, moderated a Nov. 19 panel discussion at the MichBio conference in Novi titled "Hospitals of the future - Biotech meets patient care." The breakfast meeting was hosted by Oakland University Senior Vice President and Provost Virinder Moudgil. Panelists included James Woolliscroft, dean of the University of Michigan Medical School; Ken Matzick, president and CEO of Beaumont Hospitals; Michael Wiemann, executive vice president of Providence Hospital; and Thomas Simmer, senior vicepresident and CMO of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan. Topics included new biotechnologies, the digitization of hospitals, personalized health care and the teaching of biotech to medical students and clinicians.

1/2008 - Frank Giblin, professor of biomedical sciences and director of the Eye Research Institute, received the Kinoshita Lectureship award at the biennial U.S.-Japan Cooperative Cataract Research Meeting in Kona, Hawaii, on Dec. 4. This award was established in 1989 by the National Foundation for Eye Research to honor Dr. Jin H. Kinoshita for his outstanding contributions to vision research. It is given for meritorious research that contributes to the understanding of the etiology and prevention of cataract development. Giblin presented a 45 minute lecture on his research at the meeting and was awarded an honorarium of $15,000 and a plaque. Kinoshita was professor of biological chemistry at Harvard Medical School, and later the scientific director of the National Eye Institute. He received many honors including the Friedenwald Award, the Proctor Medal and the Distinguished Service Award of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Kinoshita also had close ties with Oakland University. He was on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Eye Research Institute for many years, and in 1980 received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Oakland.

9/2007 - Frank Giblin, director of the Eye Research Institute and professor of biomedical sciences, was named to the Scientific and Program Services Advisory Committee at Leader Dog for the Blind. Giblin will lend his expertise and research in the areas of the role of oxidative and free radical processes in the formation of nuclear cataract, as well as various molecular entities in the lens.

7/2005 - Frank Giblin, director of the Eye Research Institute, participated in the Visual Function-Insights From the Revolution in Biology at the Molecular Level meeting held in Tel Aviv, Israel, in June. He chaired a session on the mechanisms of oxidative stress and presented a paper, entitled "The Role of Molecular Oxygen in the Formation of Nuclear Cataract."

7/2004 - Frank Giblin, director of the Eye Research Institute, was the keynote speaker at the Fifth Asian Cataract Research Conference in Seoul, Korea, June 23-26. The title of his presentation was “Molecular Oxygen, UVA Light and Nuclear Cataract Formation.” Participants at the conference were from South Korea, China, Japan, India, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

11/2003 - Frank J. Giblin, professor of biomedical sciences and interim director of the Eye Research Institute, presented a talk on Oct. 12 at the Abraham Spector International Symposium in Montauk, Long Island. The title of the presentation was "Thioredoxin Reductase May Be Essential for the Normal Growth of Hyperbaric Oxygen-Treated Human Lens Epithelial Cells". Co-authors of the paper were Vanita Padgaonkar, Victor Leverenz, Loan Dang, Shu-Chu Chen and Sara Pelliccia.

4/2003 - Frank J. Giblin, professor of biomedical sciences and interim director of the Eye Research Institute, presented a seminar March 25 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Center for Biological Chemistry. The title of his talk was "Oxygen- and light-induced oxidative stress in the lens, and nuclear cataract."

3/2003 - Frank J. Giblin, professor of biomedical sciences and interim director of the Eye Research Institute, published an article in "Experimental Eye Research" entitled "UVA light in vivo reaches the nucleus of the guinea pig lens and produces deleterious, oxidative effects." Co-authors included investigators from the University of Michigan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Louisville and Columbia University.

1/2003 - Frank Giblin, professor and interim director of the Eye Research Institute, presented an invited plenary lecture at the December 2002 annual meeting of the Society for Free Radical Research (Australasia) at the University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia. The focus of the meeting was on "Oxidative Pathways in Chemistry, Biology and Medicine." The title of Giblin's talk was "Oxygen, Light and Cataract." He was one of only two speakers from the United States.

9/2002 - Frank Giblin, professor and associate director, Eye Research Institute, received a three-year, $150,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the project "Protection against UV and X-ray cataract, using dynamic light scattering as a marker." Giblin will be collaborating with Rafat Ansari, Ph.D., at NASA in Cleveland. NASA wants to find ways to protect against radiation-induced effects on the lens of the eye because of the increased risk for cataracts during extended space travel.

3/2002 - Frank J. Giblin, professor of Biomedical Sciences, Eye Research Institute was a co-author on a proceedings paper, "Non invasive, quantitative, and remote detection of early radiation cataracts for applications in bio-astronautics and bio-informatics" that won the Outstanding Paper Award in the Space Radiation and Environment Effects Track at the Space Technology and Applications International Forum, University of New Mexico, in February 2001. Other authors were Rafat Ansari, PhD, and James King from NASA in Cleveland, Ohio.

3/2002 - Frank Giblin, professor and associate director of the Eye Research Institute, participated in Grand Rounds and presented a seminar on Feb. 21 in the Department of Opthalmology at Columbia University in New York City. The title of his seminar was "Molecular oxygen and the formation of nuclear cataract."

11/2001 - Frank J. Giblin, professor and associate director, Eye Research Institute, presented a paper at the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Cataract Research Group meeting in Kona, Hawaii, in November 2001. The title of the paper was "In vitro analysis of optical quality and sulfhydryl and disulfide levels in a hyperbaric oxygen in vivo model for nuclear cataract." Contributing to the work were Uma Venkateswaran, professor of Physics; Cristina Kapustij, a recent Wilson award winner; and Marie-Eve Gosselin, a co-op student from the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec.


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