When it comes to the Doheny Eye Institute’s planned move to new headquarters in Pasadena, it could be said we haven’t have seen anything yet.
The renowned institute, which started in 1947 as the Doheny Eye Foundation, so named in honor of its optically impaired founder Carrie Estelle Doheny, wife of the prominent Los Angeles oilman Edward L. Doheny, is moving out of its Los Angeles location and is currently remodeling a new headquarters at 150 N. Orange Grove Blvd., the former home of Avery Dennison Corp.
Reconstruction of the complex is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2021.
Once that happens, the institute and the UCLA Stein Eye Institute will be offering patient care, vision research, and education in the field of eye care. This affiliation combines the strengths and reputations of two of the nation’s top eye institutions to advance vision research, education and patient care in California.
According to institute Executive Director Marrissa Golberg, the move can’t come soon enough.
“In the U.S. alone, by age 65 one in three people will have some vision-impairing eye condition,” Goldberg said in a prepared statement.
“In a world where the stakes of our work are ever-increasing, we are committed to delivering on our promise to further the conservation, improvement and restoration of human eyesight,” Goldberg said.
“This bench-to-bedside approach is vital to improve the quality of lives in our immediate community and around the world,” she said.
The seven-acre Pasadena campus, according to the statement, has been designed to enhance Donaheny’s capabilities for fundamental discoveries that fuel ideas for clinical trials, new treatments, and cures. Laboratories will be equipped to accelerate research and discovery in key areas, including artificial intelligence, regenerative medicine, gene-based therapies, and imaging diagnostics.
Once reconstruction is complete, a state-of-the-art conference center will house educational programs, including seminars, conferences, symposia, and lectures. The facility will also enable remote collaborations to meet current demands and evolving opportunities to advance vision research and education.
“Our new home in Pasadena will allow us to bring everyone together under one roof to facilitate interactions between researchers and physicians to promote the collaborations necessary for translational studies,” Goldberg said.
For more information, visit doheny.org.