Sayer Vision Research Lecture & Award


In 2006, Dr. Jane Sayer, an NIH Research scientist in National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), established the Sayer Vision Research Lecture and Award at the FNIH, in partnership with the National Eye Institute (NEI), in memory of her parents Winthrop and Laura Sayer.

The Sayer Vision Research Lecture is an annual presentation delivered by an investigator conducting outstanding Research in the area of vision Research or related fields. The Sayer Vision Research Award is a grant to support the Research of a promising independent investigator in the early stage of his or her career in the Division of Intramural Research whose work is closely related to aspects of vision Research. Learn more here.


Public-Sector Partners:

  • National Eye Institute (NEI), Division of Intramural Research

Private-Sector Partners:

  • Jane Sayer, M.D.*

*Provided financial or in-kind support for this program.

FNIH Contact

  • Please contact the Advancement Office for more information at [email protected] or 301-402-4976.

The fund provides an opportunity for honorees to explore areas of interdisciplinary collaboration, such as angiogenesis, that may lead to advances in diverse medical specialties with relevance to vision Research. A number of factors place vision science in a position for major advances in the near future-including the large number of identified genes relevant to eye disease and the relative ease with which pathology can be visualized and documented in the eye.

On June 28, 2016, the FNIH and the National Eye Institute hosted the 9th Sayer Vision Research Lecture: “Sequencing 10,000s of Human Genomes: Analytical Challenges and Opportunities,” presented by Gonçalo Abecasis, D.Phil.

Dr. Abecasis is the Felix E. Moore Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics and the Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan’s Center for Statistical Genetics, School of Public Health. He is a world-renowned leader in the design of computational and statistical tools for analyzing the increasingly large data sets produced by genetic and genomic studies. He has led large projects seeking to better understand the role of complex disease susceptibility genes associated with a range of common disorders from macular degeneration to cardiovascular disease.


  • Provide an annual Sayer Lecture delivered by an investigator in the area of vision Research

Results & Accomplishments

Past Lectures:


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