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International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease

P. O. Box 777, Cornwall NY 12518, USA
Phone/Fax: (845) 5348606

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IFOND's mission is to support research into the causes, prevention and treatment of optic nerve disease, and to disseminate relevant information to health care workers, patients and families affected.

IFOND was started by Anne and Fred Diehl when they learned, after visits to many different eye specialists, that the sudden vision loss their 25 year old son experienced was caused by Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). The diagnosis was easy once they found doctors familiar with Leber's and with the LHON diagnostic blood test, developed in 1992.

As the Diehls began to inform themselves about LHON, they encountered the excitement among researchers worldwide over progress in understanding the underlying causes of Leber's and other diseases of the optic nerve and nervous system. The Diehls realized the work of a foundation dedicated to optic nerve disease could help move this work forward and help other families afflicted. IFOND was incorporated as a non profit foundation in October, 1995.

IFOND welcomes your support. If you would like to donate time or money to help IFOND please contact us. IFOND has 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, so all donations are tax deductible in the United States of America. Our 2016 tax return is here.

Efficient funding

IFOND is an extremely lean, all volunteer registered nonprofit with very low costs. Our research funding process minimizes costs and maximizes direct funding for researchers' direct research, non administrative expenses. Our scientific board includes many of the prominent world leading published researchers in optic neuropathies. If this big bang for your buck model appeals to you, please donate. If you are a researcher in optic neuropathy, we welcome your funding application.

Ivan Bodis-Wollner, MD, D.Sc. (Chair)
Professor, Neurology and Ophthalmology
Downstate Medical School State University of New York, United States of America

Anne and Fred Diehl
Founders of IFOND

Bryan Cebuliak, MD (Web site editor)
General Practitioner
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Elaine Cebuliak, BVSc
Veterinary Surgeon and Physician
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Olie Westheimer, MA
Charity promoter. Founding board member

Michael J. Moriarty, MBA, CPA
Managing Partner Capital Hospitality Group
Herndon, Virginia, United States of America

John Nolan, CPA
Investment Banker
New York, United States of America

Alfredo Sadun, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurosurgery and Ophthalmology
Doheny Eye Institute, University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Jerome Sherman, OD
Professor of Optometry
State College of Optometry,
State University of New York
New York, New York, United States of America

Margaret Wong-Riley, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy
Medical College of Wisconson
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Stan Schein, MD, PhD
Associate Professor Department of Psychology, Program in Cognitive Science, & Program in Neuroscience of the Brain Research Institute
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Valerio Carelli, MD, PhD
Researcher/Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Neurogenetics, Dept. of Neurological Science
University of Bologna
Bologna, Italy

Patrick Yu-Wai-Man, BMedSci, MBBS, PhD, FRCPath, FRCOphth
Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London, United Kingdom
Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Rustum Karanjia, PhD, MD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology, Ottawa Eye Institute and VP Research, Department of Ophthalmology
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Visiting Researcher, Neuro-Ophthalmology
Doheny Eye Institute, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Chiara La Morgia, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor in Neurology at the IRCCS Institute of Neurological Sciences of Bologna,
Neurology Clinic, Bellaria Hospital, Via Altura 3, 40139, Bologna, Italy;
Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences (DIBINEM), University of Bologna, Italy

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