Headshot photo of Martha Neuringer, Ph.D.

Martha Neuringer, Ph.D.

  • Research Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine
  • Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program, School of Medicine


Dr. Neuringer’s major areas of research include 1) the development and characterization of nonhuman primate models of retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly, and photoreceptor degenerations; 2) preclinical studies of gene and cell-based therapies for retinal disease; 3) the role of nutritional factors – particularly omega-3 fatty acids and carotenoids – in retinal and brain development, aging and disease; and 4) cognitive development and aging.

Education and training

    • B.A., 1966, Harvard/Radcliffe
    • B.A., 1966, Harvard/Radcliffe
    • Ph.D., 1971, Harvard University
    • Ph.D., 1971, Harvard University
  • Fellowship

    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, ONPRC

Memberships and associations:

  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • American Society for Nutrition
  • International Carotenoid Society

Areas of interest

  • Retinal degenerative disease
  • Nutritional factors in development and aging of the retina and brain
  • Gene and cell therapies for retinal disease
  • Cognitive aging

Honors and awards

  • OHSU Distinguished Science Educator Award, 2003
  • International Life Sciences Institute: Certificate of Achievement for one of 20 most cited papers in 70-year history of Nutrition Reviews
  • OHSU Technology Innovation/Industry Collaboration Award, 2012 and 2014
  • Fellow, International Carotenoid Society, 2017



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