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Special Events in Ophthalmology

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HMS Calendar


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Ocular Regeneration: Cell Therapy and Regeneration in the Retina Symposium, Oct. 23, 2014

Starr Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston
Lunch will be provided

The Symposium on Ocular Regeneration: Cell Therapy and Regeneration in the Retina will present the current and future state of regeneration and stem cells in eye diseases. This one day meeting, organized by the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology Ocular Regenerative Medicine Institute (ORMI), will bring together thought leaders in the field to discuss the latest advances, and the potential future of retinal regeneration.

Course Directors: Michael J. Young, Ph.D., and Demetrios Vavvas, M.D., Ph.D.

Registration is required click here.

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3rd International Biennial Symposium on Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Oct. 24-25, 2014

Starr Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston

International AMD experts along with leaders from related disciplines outside ophthalmology come together in an interactive format to discuss current and future topics in AMD research. Past subjects have included genetics, RPE/Bruch’s membrane/choriocapillaris, inflammation, stem cells and tissue engineering, imaging, animal models, and neurodegenerative disease. The 2014 program will explore current, cutting-edge topics in AMD.

Course Directors: Joan W. Miller, M.D., Ivana K. Kim, M.D., and Patricia D'Amore, Ph.D.

Registration is required, click here.

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Neuro-Ophthalmology Fall Festival, November 8-9, 2014

Meltzer Auditorium (3rd floor), Mass. Eye and Ear, 243 Charles St., Boston

This unique workshop provides a comprehensive overview on the diagnosis and management of common or important neuro-ophthalmic disorders, including optic neuritis, ischemic optic neuropathy, vertical diplopia, giant cell arteritis, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, neuro-ophthalmology of multiple sclerosis, and a variety of eye movement disorders. The course includes case presentations and lectures by the faculty.

Course Director: Joseph F. Rizzo III, M.D.

Registration is required click here.

Atlantic Coast Retina Club and Macula 2015 Conference, January 8-10, 2015

Revere Hotel, Boston and Mass. Eye and Ear, Boston 

Sponsored jointly by Mass. Eye and Ear/HMS, New England Eye Center/Tufts University School of Medicine, and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, the annual Atlantic Coast Retina Club and Macula Conference will take place in Boston, MA. On January 8th and 9th, the Atlantic Coast Retina Club will feature case studies presented by residents, fellows and invited course faculty. On January 10th, the Macula 2015 Conference will feature an elite group of retina specialists from around the country focusing on the latest developments in ocular imaging, management of diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion, ocular tumors and the future of AMD therapy.

Course Directors: Dean Eliott, M.D., Jay S. Duker, M.D., and Jeffrey S. Heier, M.D.

Registration is required see

Orbital Dissection Course, January 31, 2015

Sloane Teaching Room, Mass. Eye and Ear, 243 Charles St., Boston

Consisting of didactic lectures, video and live instruction, and fresh human cadaver heads, this exciting course brings together Mass. Eye and Ear residents and oculoplastics fellows, and is open to all ASOPRS fellows in the U. S.

Course Directors: Suzanne K. Freitag, M.D., Daniel R. Lefebvre, M.D., and Michael K. Yoon, M.D.

Registration is required.

Ephraim Friedman Lecture, February 4, 2015

Sloane Teaching Room, Mass. Eye and Ear, 243 Charles St., Boston

Masayo Takahashi, M.D., Ph.D.
RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Saitama-ken, Japan

This annual lecture honors the extraordinary teaching, research, and service of the late Dr. Ephraim Friedman, who made major contributions to the field of ophthalmology and age-related macular degeneration research. 

Course Directors: Evangelos S. Gragoudas, M.D., and Dean Eliott, M.D.

NEW! Mass. Eye and Ear Uveitis Instruction Course, February 28, 2015

Meltzer Auditorium (3rd Floor), Mass. Eye and Ear, 243 Charles St., Boston

Designed for ophthalmology residents, fellows, medical students, and practicing ophthalmologists from Boston and the surrounding New England area, the day-long course reviews the diagnosis and treatment of common uveitis conditions and covers diagnostic testing, imaging and treatment approaches to ocular inflammatory disease. Invited faculty speakers will include uveitis specialists from Bascom Palmer, Cleveland Clinic, Emory and Weill Cornell in addition to uveitis faculty from Harvard Medical School.

Course Directors: Ann-Marie Lobo, M.D., and Thomas Albini, M.D.

Ruthanne B. Simmons Lecture in Ophthalmology, March 4, 2015

Meltzer Auditorium (3rd Floor), Mass. Eye and Ear, 243 Charles St., Boston

Don Budenz, M.D., MPH, Kittner Family Distinguished Professor and Chairman, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

This lectureship, which gives first preference for glaucoma or glaucoma-related topics, honors the life and career of Ruthanne B. Simmons, MD. Dr. Simmons, along with her father, Dr. Richard Simmons, practiced together, operated at Mass. Eye and Ear and taught in the HMS Department of Ophthalmology.

Course Director: Louis Pasquale, M.D.

HMS Dept. of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion, May 29 - 31, 2015

May 29, 2015: Starr Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston
Course Directors: Lucia Sobrin, M.D., Ula V. Jurkunas, M.D., and Joan W. Miller, M.D.

May 30, 2015: Meltzer Auditorium (3rd floor), Mass. Eye and Ear, 243 Charles Street, Boston
Course Directors: Joseph F. Rizzo III, M.D., and Joan W. Miller, M.D.

May 31, 2015: Optional Boston Activities

This 3-day flagship Departmental event combines scientific exchange with networking events and social activities. Basic, translational, and clinical research updates are provided by Department faculty and alumni. Highlights also include the Distinguished Clinical and Research Achievement Awards, the Mariana D. Mead Lecture, tours of Mass. Eye and Ear and Schepens, and the Friday night celebratory dinner. An event not to be missed! 

Registration is required

CME status pending

Basic Science Research Fellows’ Recognition Day, June 3, 2015

Starr Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston

Course Directors: Patricia D'Amore, Ph.D., and Kip Connor, Ph.D.

Harvard Intensive Cataract Surgical Training Course for Second-Year Residents, June 13-14, 2015

This highly popular national course offers a complete preparatory course covering all aspects of cataract surgery. The course draws an elite group of cataract surgical preceptors from the top training programs nationwide. Two one-hour lectures for residents are given each Friday morning by faculty from the various specialties within Ophthalmology. Space is limited. Registration is required and opens in January 2015.

Course Directors: Sherleen H. Chen, M.D., and Roberto Pineda II, M.D.

Registration is required

Department of Ophthalmology Residents and Fellows Graduation, June 25, 2015

Meltzer Auditorium (3rd floor), Mass. Eye and Ear, 243 Charles Street, Boston

Course Director: Charles G. Ruberto, Ph.D.

29th Biennial Cornea Conference, October 16-17, 2015

Starr Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston

As one of the world’s premier anterior segment conferences, the Biennial Cornea Conference explores current basic and translational research developments of the cornea and anterior ocular surface. The conference promotes interaction and discussion among leaders in the field, and builds links between today’s exciting research and the numerous diseases that affect this portion of the eye.

Course Director: Reza Dana, M.D.