SUNY College of Optometry Names Bloomfield as New Associate Dean

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NEW YORK—The State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry has named Stewart Bloomfield, PhD as the new Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research. He will also serve as director of the Graduate Center for Vision Research as of January 2013.

Dr. Bloomfield joins the  SUNY Optometry staff with over 30 years of research and graduate education experience. After graduating SUNY Stony Brook and receiving his doctorate from Washington University, Bloomfield went on to receive international recognition for his research on retinal neurophysiology. Among other grants, he has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Eye Institute since 1988 for his research on retinal amacrine cell function, and exercises particular interest in clinical applications involving neuronal loss (Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, diabetic retinopathy, ischemic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa and glaucoma).

Bloomfield is also a professor in the department of physiology and neuroscience, as well as the department of ophthalmology, at New York University (NYU) Medical School. He has served as director of the NYU graduate program in neuroscience and physiology since 1999, and has been coordinator of the integrated program in neuroscience since 2009. Additionally, he ran and was principal investigator of the medical school’s institutional doctoral and post-doctoral training programs in neuroscience, also funded by NIH.