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Groundbreaking ceremony
Headline: A vision of hope

Glick Foundation launches new center

A clear vision of the future is a little bit closer for Hoosiers after groundbreaking ceremonies this past fall for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute on the IUPUI campus.

The center was launched thanks to a $30 million gift from the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation and will be the home of the department of ophthalmology in the IU School of Medicine, based at IUPUI.

The Glick Center, expected to be open for patients by the summer of 2010, will give ophthalmology a cutting-edge home for vision care. The four-story, 70,000-square-foot building will be built in front of Coleman Hall on Michigan Street near the west end of the IUPUI campus. Nearly half of the building will be dedicated to space for research.

The new center will be increasingly vital to the future of Indiana and its aging population, according to the head of the department.

"The number of people suffering from vision loss will double over the next five years as our population ages," says Robert D. Yee, department chair and the Merrill Grayson Professor of Ophthalmology. "This new building, combining research, patient care and education, will be an important resource for people in central Indiana and beyond. Gene and Marilyn Glick will touch the lives of thousands of people of all ages with their generous gift to preserve sight."

The Glick Foundation gift included $10 million to the medical school for an endowment to advance research in eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and other eye diseases of aging, as well as eye diseases in children.

"It is my hope that some day researchers will find a way to prevent or cure glaucoma, macular degeneration and other diseases that rob us of our sight," says Marilyn Glick.

"My dream is that as a result of our gift, major breakthroughs will be made at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute of the Indiana University School of Medicine."