Friday, December 3, 2021

Daniel Pelaez, Ph.D. named Emerging Vision Scientist Award recognizes novel work on stem cells and retinal regeneration

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Daniel Pelaez, Ph.D., was named as a 2015 Emerging Vision Scientist by the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR/AEVR) for his novel work on stem cells and retinal regeneration.

Pelaez was one of 21 scientists selected from across the United States for the inaugural class of emerging vision researchers.  During the NAEVR two-day Decade of Vision 2010-2020 event held in Washington DC, Pelaez and other scientists presented their innovative work to Members of Congress and their staff at a reception held in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

Pelaez said he was both honored and surprised by his selection. “I have been extremely fortunate to work with wonderful mentors and colleagues at Bascom Palmer and the University of Miami,” he said. “This award truly is a team effort that I share with other members of the department of ophthalmology, and highlights the cutting-edge research being carried out by all Bascom Palmer researchers.” This prestigious award was supported by a Research to Prevent Blindness grant.

“Daniel Pelaez is an exceptional vision scientist who has a constant and valued presence in the research laboratories at Bascom Palmer,” says Vittorio Porciatti, D.Sc, Director and Vice Chairman of Research. “I am confident he will be at the forefront of advances in vision research for many years to come.”

Pelaez also participated in the Emerging Vision Scientist Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill to promote robust, sustained and predictable National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for the next fiscal year and beyond.  Pelaez met with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), as well as with legislative correspondents in the offices of Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL).

An expert in stem cell biology, tissue engineering, biomaterials and translational studies, Pelaez’ research focuses on the use of stem cells in regenerative ophthalmology, neuro-regenerative therapies in the optic nerve and retina, molecular biology of ocular tumors, and bioengineered organs for transplantation. During his career, he has applied bioengineering principles to the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine in hopes of translating basic science research observations to clinical practice.

Pelaez is a graduate of Tulane University where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical/medical engineering.  He then received a Master of Science degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami.

Early childhood educators, directors and parents are invited to register for the Early Childhood Education Symposium, hosted by Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR), scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Hodges University, 2647 Professional Circle,(White room), Naples, Florida.  The topic for the symposium will be “Sensory Processing and Children’s Learning.”


Registration cost is $50 and a limited number of $25 scholarships are available. A complimentary ticket for program directors will be provided when they register two or more members of their staff. Various levels of sponsorships are available for businesses and individuals who wish to support the symposium.  CEUs may be purchased and certificates will be provided upon completion.  Translation devices will be offered at no extra cost.


The keynote speaker, Dr. Edith Peisach, is a world renowned developmental education expert with 20 years experience.  After combining her knowledge as an educator with postgraduate research in neurobiological sensory integration and kinesiology, Dr. Peisach has designed an interactive, multi-sensory program designed for children 0-5 years of age to exercise their minds and bodies and become aware of the world through their senses.


Peisach says, ”My decision to focus on early childhood stemmed from a breakthrough discovery revealing that 90 percent of the human brain develops during the first five years of life. I wanted to make a meaningful impact on early education.  I was inspired by my passion to share this unique program with people who really care and understand the importance of children’s education.”


To register online or for information on sponsor packets visit  To pay by cash, check or money order, download registration form online and pay in person or send to:  Collier Child Care Resources, 2335 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 504, Naples, FL  34103. For more information call 239-643-3908.

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