Glick support boosts IU eye research

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A $10 million research endowment at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute has attracted seven new researchers to the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Ophthalmology Department.

IU med school Dean D. Craig Brater announced the hires along with the department’s move this month to a new building at 1160 W. Michigan St. A formal dedication is planned for Aug. 19.

The Glicks pledged a total of $30 million to the medical school—including $20 million that went toward the 80,000-square-foot building, which will house clinical research space, a full-service optical shop and the ophthalmology outpatient clinic. (The building’s fourth floor will remain unfinished for future expansion.)

The clinic, which is moving from University Hospital, will double in size.

The local philanthropists hoped their gift would vault IU into the top 10 for research and prevention of eye disease. Marilyn Glick is a longtime supporter of Prevent Blindness Indiana. Her husband, Eugene, founded local apartment management firm Gene B. Glick Co.

The new eye institute building also attracted some major gifts from IU School of Medicine graduates. Dr. Nick Hrisomalos and his wife, Joni, donated $150,000 for the ophthalmology library. Dr. Daniel Spitzberg and his wife, Alana, donated $250,000 for a 100-seat conference center, Brater said.

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