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Posted: July 12th, 2012
A ceremony on June 27, 2012 formally recognized Eric Pearlman, PhD, as the Silvia Balslew Page - William J. Reinhart, MD, Professor of Ophthalmological Diseases at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
"It was Silvia Balslew-Page's gratitude to her physician, Dr. William J. Reinhart, and her desire to advance visual sciences research for future generations that made this professorship possible," said School of Medicine Dean Pamela B. Davis. "Dr. Pearlman's internationally renowned research, as well as his leadership and commitment to teaching the next generation of scientists makes him an ideal representative to carry out Silvia Balslew-Page's vision."
Dr. Pearlman is professor and director of research in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is known for his research on immunology and microbiology of corneal infectious diseases, which have brought the academic medical community closer to stopping ocular Onchocerciasis (River Blindness), one of the leading infectious causes of blindness worldwide.
Dr. Pearlman also studies corneal infections caused by pathogenic fungi and bacteria. His research has taken him to Africa and more recently to India, where he has an active collaboration with investigators at the Aravind Eye Hospital. The long-term goal of Dr Pearlman's work is to develop targeted approaches to treatment and prevention of infections and host mediated tissue damage that leads to corneal blindness.
Several honors and awards recognize Dr. Pearlman's contributions to the visual sciences, including the Burroughs Wellcome New Investigator Award, Research to Prevent Blindness Foundation: Senior Investigator Award, and Alcon Research Institute Award. His research in immunology and microbiology of corneal infection has resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Pearlman received his undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, his Master's degree form Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He did his postdoctoral work with Dr. James Kazura in what is now the Center for Global Health and Diseases at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he subsequently joined the faculty.