News at OHSU Casey Eye Institute

Read more about the latest in patient care, education and research from OHSU Casey Eye Institute.

Donor spotlight: Paul Casey

Paul Casey 2019

Paul Casey cares deeply about the OHSU Casey Eye Institute. Not a surprise: His family name is on the building. But you can’t fully understand the “why” of Paul’s generosity toward the institute without learning where he comes from. It’s a story of loss and luck. Inventiveness and determination. Grit and gratitude. Read the full article.

Note: The profile above appeared in the November 2019 issue of Onward Magazine, just prior to Mr. Casey's passing. We are grateful for his generous and steadfast support of the Casey Eye Institute. 

Discovery in monkeys could lead to treatment for blindness causing syndrome

A rhesus macaque monkey has a rare genetic disease that could help researchers develop new treatments for Bardet-Biedel syndrome..

A genetic mutation that leads to a rare, but devastating blindness-causing syndrome has been discovered in monkeys for the first time. The finding offers a promising way to develop gene and cell therapies that could treat the condition in people...Read the full article.

Lewis & Clark student helps advance with Usher’s syndrome research at OHSU

Brendan Cramer interned at OHSU to help scientists learn more about stem cells as a possible treatment for Usher Syndrome, which Creemer has.

“You have that choice to either give up and assume everything is hopeless or choose to take action and not only help yourself but others around you as well.”

Brendan Creemer, a student from Lewis & Clark College, spent much of the summer in the laboratory of Oregon Health and Science University in the lab of neuroscientists Martha Neuringer, Ph.D., and Trevor McGill, Ph.D., working on a method to improve the ability to use stem cells as a possible treatment for Usher syndrome. Creemer has Usher syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes progressive vision loss and deafness.

Read the full article to find out more about Creemer's story and what the personal connection means to OHSU scientists.

Occupational therapist with low vision helps her peers find independence

Kathryn Marxen-Simonson helps a patient learn to navigate with visual aids.
Kathryn Marxen-Simonson is an occupational therapy at Casey Eye Institute's Vision Rehabilitation Center.

Kathryn Marxen-Simonson, 30, of Portland, Oregon, has had limited vision since she was 3 ½ months old, when she developed retinopathy of prematurity as a baby born prematurely at 25 weeks gestation...Read the article.

Local TV station KATU News aired a story featuring the Low Vision Rehabilitation Center's occupational therapist, Kathryn Marxen-Simonson, and one of her cliets, View the video.

Donor spotlight: Glenn and Marilyn Hart

The Harts are valued OHSU donors and great supporters of Casey Eye Institute.

Marilyn Hart likes to joke that her longtime doctor, Casey Eye Institute Director David Wilson, MD, the Paul H. Casey chair in ocular oncology, once told her she could be a “poster child” for successful eye surgeries. Read the full article.

Dr. David Wilson is inaugural recipient of the Paul H. Casey Chair in Ocular Oncology

Dr. David Wilson with donor Paul H. Casey and leaders from OHSU and Casey Eye Institute
Left to right: Michael F. Chiang, M.D. Paul H. Casey, David J. Wilson, M.D., Andreas K. Lauer, M.D., Danny Jacobs, M.D.

David Wilson, M.D., professor of ophthalmology, OHSU School of Medicine, and director, Casey Eye Institute, was appointed the inaugural recipient of the Paul H. Casey Chair in Ocular Oncology....Read more.

A Living Legend

Dr. Robert Watzke reflects on his career as an ophthalmologist at OHSU Casey Eye Institute

Dr. Robert Watzke was a retina specialist at OHSU Casey Eye Institute
Casey's beloved Dr. Robert Watzke reflects on his remarkable career as a "living legend" in ophthalmology in this podcast produced by OHSU News.

Doing work you love is a key ingredient in a long, satisfying career. No one knows this better than Robert Watzke, a professor in the OHSU Casey Eye Institute. Dr. Watzke joined OHSU as a full professor in 1984 after a 30-year career in Iowa. He recently retired but is still involved in teaching residents. Listen to the OHSU Now interview. 

New eye clinic building meets construction milestone

At the beam topping-off ceremony in May 2019, all were welcome to sign the  building's highest beam.

A crowd cheered as it watched the final beam being hoisted onto the highest level of the five-story, 60,000-square-foot building, which will be completed in 2020. Before the beam was erected, they had lined up to make their mark on the new project by signing the 1,437-pound piece...Read the full article.

High hopes for 4-year-old’s vision after gene therapy

A young boy with inherited retinal disease walks with his dad. He was treated with the first FDA approved gene therapy Luxturna.

Throughout his first four years, young Caspian Soto has navigated life differently than most.

He wears a headlamp to brighten the world before him and uses a cane to feel the ground’s surface – and sometimes, for fun, also rides it like a witch on a broom. Without these items, he used to become frustrated as he routinely bumped into objects that were in clear view for others, but hidden to him...Read the full article.

Elks association essential to OHSU’s fight against childhood blindness

The Elks Children's Eye Clinic new building attached to the current Casey Eye Institute

Thanks to a $20 million pledge from the Elks, OHSU is able to break ground June 2 on a $50 million, 60,000 square-foot building that will be named the Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Clinic...Read the full article.