UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


UCL IoO Annual Award Lecture 2023

21 June 2023, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Professor Krzysztof (Kris) Palczewski

Professor Krzysztof (Kris) Palczewski from the University of California will deliver our hybrid annual lecture this year.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni






IoO Events – UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


IoO Lecture theatre
11-43 Bath Street London

Title of Professor Palczewski's lecture: "Precise genome editing in the eye: curing blindness is now within sight"

The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology Annual Award Lecture was established in 2018 to honour scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the field of ophthalmology and visual science. The lecture is part of the IoO Week. After the lecture, the IoO award winners will be announced. These awards are to our staff as well as to Moorfields/IoO-associated staff to recognise and celebrate academic, teaching, collegiality and public-patient involvement and engagement (PPIE) activities from staff and students who have made significant contributions to life at our institute this year. 

We hope to welcome you on site but you can attend the event online via the Microsoft Teams Link below. 

MS Teams Link


About the Speaker

Professor Krzysztof (Kris) Palczewski

Irvine Irving H. Leopold Chair of Ophthalmology at University of California

Krzysztof Palczewski is a distinguished biochemical pharmacologist and molecular biologist, known particularly for seminal multidisciplinary scientific contributions to the biology and chemistry of vertebrate vision and therapy of retinal diseases. His laboratory is best known for solving the structures of different forms of rhodopsin, a prototype for G protein-coupled receptors that comprise the largest and most diverse family of human drug targets, and other important proteins of the visual system. Moreover, his team developed high-resolution imaging with two-photon excitation that impacted non-invasive in vivo monitoring of real-time visual function. Palczewski, a US citizen, was born in Poland. He achieved M.S. (chemistry) degrees at the University of Wroclaw, and PhD (biochemistry) Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland. He rose through the faculty ranks in Ophthalmology and Pharmacology at the University of Washington, Seattle before serving as Chair of Pharmacology at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Currently, he is a Donald Bren Professor and Irving H. Leopold Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, Irvine, serving as Director of the Center for Translational Vision Research. He has received numerous prestigious international awards and is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.

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