Celebrating 50 Years of Bold Research

Help us ring in 50 years of bold research at our 50th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C. This extraordinary gathering will spotlight exemplary scientists and advocates who are driving the most exciting research to end Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

Honoring Excellence in Research Science and Advocacy

BrightFocus Scientific Impact Award

Gerard D. Schellenberg, PhD

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research

Mae Gordon, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis

Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research

Michael Kass, MD

Washington University in St. Louis

BrightFocus Community Impact Award

Debra Tann, EdD


Hear From This Year's Presenting Cocktail Scientists

Four BrightFocus grantees will share their unique approaches to finding cures for Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

Ganesh Babulal, MSCI, OTD, PhD

Washington University School of Medicine

Oleg Butovsky, PhD

Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Thomas V. Johnson III, MD, PhD

Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Daisy Shu, PhD

The Schepens Eye Research Institute

Special Musical Guest

Songwriter and artist Chris Janson smiles at the camera in front of a white wall.

Chris Janson

Multi-platinum Songwriter & Artist

Chris Janson, proud member of the Grand Ole Opry and multi-platinum songwriter and artist, is part of country’s new breed. His hits include the self-penned No. 1s “Fix A Drink,” “Good Vibes,” and the triple-platinum “Buy Me A Boat,” as well as the more thoughtful truths of “Done” and “Things You Can’t Live Without.” “Boat” was named to the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s prestigious “Songs I Wish I’d Written” list, which is why artists like Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, Cody Johnson, and the iconic Hank Williams Jr. reach for Janson’s songs for their own projects. Rolling Stone proclaimed him “a live legacy in the making,” and Janson is a frequent presence at the nation’s biggest festivals and tours.

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We Gratefully Acknowledge Our
50th Anniversary Sponsors

Golden Anniversary Sponsors
Solid Gold Sponsors
Good as Gold Sponsors
Heart of Gold Sponsors

Apellis Pharmaceuticals

Stacy Haller


Iveric Bio

J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Nancy Lynn & James Keach


Brian Regan, PhD


Sandy Spring Bank

Patricia Stewart, CFP®

Jan Stouffer, PhD

BrightFocus Foundation's Global Alzheimer's Disease Partners


Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek


Fondation Vaincre Alzheimer


Alzheimer Forschung Initiative e.V.

The Netherlands

Alzheimer Nederland