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    UCLA Stein Eye Institute marks 50th anniversary

    Multiple programs for specialized education, training at core of institute’s mission

    Digging into the history of 1966 reveals a collection of highlights from popular culture—the advent of the mini-skirt, the first Star Trek television show—and events that made daily headlines: the escalation of the war in Vietnam, as well as a series of manned and unmanned missions to space.

    In Los Angeles, a newsworthy event from the autumn of 1966, especially for the medical community, was the opening of the Jules Stein Eye Institute on the campus of the University of California Los Angeles. Far more than the dedication of a building, the event signaled the beginning of an ongoing commitment to the preservation of sight that has impacted millions of patients, medical professionals, and researchers over the last 50 years.

    Jules Stein, MD, an ophthalmologist and businessman, founded the institute with his wife Doris and referred to the facility as being built “for the people of today and tomorrow.”

    He planned from the start for a campus that would provide space for patient care, research, education, and training. The original Jules Stein Building, still standing but newly renovated, is now part of a vision-science campus that also encompasses the Doris Stein Building (dedicated in 1989) and the Edie & Lew Wasserman Building (a patient care and research facility dedicated in 2014).

    The Stein Eye Institute, as the vision-science campus is now called, also has expanded into the greater Los Angeles community with the Stein Eye Center in Santa Monica, which has doubled in size since its opening in 2012.

    Collaboration wth Doheny Eye Institute

     


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