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A Founder's Story

At USC’s Neuroscience Graduate Program Symposium in January 2015, I proclaimed to an audience of 100+ that I was highly motivated by the prospect of using retinal imaging to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease with unprecedented specificity. With an abundance of passionate curiosity, my talk closed with the following words: “ The time is now! Is USC the place? ”  While at USC, I forged an interdisciplinary collaboration between the departments of Ophthalmology and Neurology. The goal of our innovative collaboration was to investigate the prospect of using recently approved eye imaging technology to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. The collaboration unfortunately lost steam upon my unforeseen departure from USC. However, roughly three years after I initially proposed the above project, a study nearly identical to what I had proposed was published. While it was not ideal that we could not see the study to completion, knowing that very similar work had been successfully conducted elsewhere afforded

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