BOSTON (AP) – Jacob Wayne Streilein, a prominent ophthalmology expert and Harvard Medical School professor who led the Schepens Eye Research Institute for 10 years, has died at age 68.

Streilein, of Beverly, died Monday at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after a brief illness.

Streilein was a pioneer in the study of the eye’s special ability to protect itself from the damaging, inflammatory effects of the body’s immune system. The aim of such research is to study those properties in hopes of finding treatments or cures for blinding diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

A former chair of the microbiology and immunology department at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Streilein helped build Schepens, which is affiliated with Harvard, into a premier research center.

Also an accomplished musician, Streilein, who was known by the name Wayne, leaves a wife, Joan, three children and 11 grandchildren.

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