Research Conferences

Ophthalmic investigation continues to grow and thrive in every area of the Department of Ophthalmology, and conferences are one avenue for communicating the latest advancements in vision research. By joining together, faculty, trainees and leading experts worldwide have more opportunities to collaborate and innovate.

HMS Calendar

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Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear Distinguished Lecture Series

4:00-5:00 pm, select Thursdays, various locations at Schepens and Mass. Eye and Ear

This series features approximately eight lectures per year and invites today’s foremost scientists from around the world to present their current research to the scientific community.

Course Director: David A. Sullivan, Ph.D.

SERIes Seminar

12:00-1:00 pm, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, 20 Staniford St.

The SERIes Seminar is held weekly at Schepens where Schepens and Mass. Eye and Ear faculty share their latest research advancements and breakthroughs. There is also time allocated for a Q & A session with the local scientific community.

Course Director: Reza Dana, M.D., M.Sc., M.P.H.

New Frontiers in Corneal Research

5:30 pm, 2nd Tuesday of each month, Sloane Teaching Room, Mass. Eye and Ear

This exciting seminar series uncovers current limitations in the treatment of corneal diseases and the translational research underway Department-wide that aims to overcome them. Presentations are given by a clinician scientist team based on topic. The target audience includes clinical fellows, postdocs, junior faculty, and medical students.

Course Directors: Pablo Argüeso, Ph.D. and Ula V. Jurkunas, M.D.

Genetics and Regenerative Medicine of Eye Disease

4:00pm, 3rd Wednesday, September-June, Meltzer Auditorium, Mass. Eye and Ear

This series is organized jointly by the Ocular Regenerative Medicine Institute and the Ocular Genomics Institute, and addresses topics in genetics, gene therapy and regenerative medicine relevant to ophthalmology and beyond. The seminars feature a scholar of international reputation for a one hour presentation following an introduction by the faculty host. On occasion, the organization may schedule a Late Breaking Seminar session to highlight recent publications and innovations in the field.

Course Directors: Luk H. Vandenberghe, Ph.D., Neena B. Haider, Ph.D., and Michael Young, Ph.D.

Molecular Bases of Eye Diseases

3:00 pm, Mondays, January-April 2015 (occasional Thursday lecture), 2nd floor Conference Room, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear

This course strives for an understanding of the molecular bases for diseases that target the eye. The goals of the course are: (I) to explore the structural and functional aspects of the eye relevant to understanding the pathology, (II) to review the manifestations of the disease and its effects on vision, (III) to discuss current views and research in the pathophysiology, and strategies for therapeutic intervention. For most sessions, the basic science and clinical topics will be presented by two faculty lecturers.

Course Directors: Darlene A. Dartt, Ph.D., and Magali Saint-Geniez, Ph.D.