Walsh Family Professorship to Support “Cutting-Edge Vision Research”

The McPherson Eye Research Institute is pleased to announce the establishment of the David and Nancy Walsh Family Professorship in Vision Research, intended to support “cutting-edge vision research” at the Institute.  The Walsh family has supported vision research and the McPherson Eye Research Institute for many years; David Walsh was the first chair of the Institute’s Advisory Board, and remains an Advisory Board member.  Along with support from the Walsh family, the professorship was established with matching contributions from Alice McPherson, MD, and from John and Tashia Morgridge.

David and Nancy Walsh’s commitment to vision research began more than two decades ago, after their sons John and Mike were diagnosed with Usher syndrome, a condition involving hearing loss and progressive loss of vision.  The brothers, now 36 and 40 years old, were recently profiled for the second time in the Wisconsin State Journal.

The David and Nancy Walsh Family Professorship in Vision Research will be held by “a member of the McPherson Eye Research Institute in any school or department who is performing cutting-edge vision research” – a guideline that reflects the Institute’s mission to advance vision research by fostering multi-disciplinary collaborations.  We are grateful to the Walsh Family, Dr. McPherson, and the Morgridges for their extraordinary support of vision research at UW-Madison.


David and Nancy Walsh