2017: Julie Mares, PhD, MSPH

The 11th Saxon Graham Lecture was presented by Julie Mares, PhD, MSPH, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mares is a world leader in research on the role of diet and nutrition in the onset and progression of common age-related eye diseases. Her work in the nutritional epidemiology of eye disease has included the study of carotenoids, selectively concentrated in the eye, potentially a modifiable integrated risk marker for age-related eye disease, as well as for general health.

She discussed this research and the potential utility of integrated risk markers in screening for health risk to identify people who might benefit most from prevention strategies in early adulthood. In addition to a PhD in nutritional sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mares is a registered dietitian.