With the cutting of a broad ribbon, a new era of breakthrough research and clinical treatment became a reality at
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute's brand-new Lois Pope Center for Retinal and Macular Degeneration Research, a 21,000-square-foot facility dedicated to ending blinding retinal diseases.
Held January 15, the ribbon-cutting declared the Center - a beacon of hope for many - open for business, one year after the ceremonial "wall-breaking" when construction began.
Lois Pope, who donated a historic $12 million to the effort, cut the ribbon with a flourish, ushering in an extraordinary opportunity to find new treatments and cures for eye disease. Mrs. Pope announced the gift, the largest in Bascom Palmer's history, in March 2019 in honor of her beloved mother,
Anastasia Berrodin, who lost her sight from macular degeneration. She told family, friends and the
University of Miami leadership gathered for the event that it was her mother's memory that spurred her to action.