2014 Annual International Vision Conference: Vision Restoration: Regenerative Medicine in Ophthalmology

June 23, 2014 (All day) to June 24, 2014 (All day)

The 4th Annual Conference on Vision Restoration: Regenerative Medicine in Ophthalmology will be held on June 23 – 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.

This conference brings together 150+ multidisciplinary experts including scientists, clinicians, engineers, and others working in the fields of Ophthalmology and Regenerative Medicine. Attendees will be able to share ideas, insights and discoveries that will improve the outcomes for the vision impaired. 

Presenters include Arnold Caplan (keynote); Mark Humayun; Peter Lwigale and Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Johnson.

To register -- https://ccehs.upmc.com/home.jsf

AGENDA - Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration Conference – 2014

JUNE 23, 2014

7:30 am Registration, Poster Session and Continental Breakfast

8:15 am Welcome and Introductions
Joel S. Schuman, MD, James Funderburgh, PhD, Igor Nasonkin, PhD

Session A - Tissue Engineering/Stem Cells
Moderator: William Wagner/Steve Badylak

8:30 am Steve Badylak, PhD
“The Effects of ECM Scaffolds upon CNS Response to Injury”

9:00 am Yiqin Du, PhD
Stem Cell-Based Therapy for Controlling Intraocular Pressure

9:30 am Jennifer Elisseeff, PhD
“Biomaterials-induced Regeneration in the Eye”

10:15 am Panel Discussion

10:30 am Break

10:45 am Keynote Address – Arnold Caplan, PhD
“Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells: The New Medicine”

11:45 am Panel Discussion

12:00 pm Lunch and Poster Session 1

Session B – Ocular Development
Moderator: Nils Loewen/Xiangyun Wei

1:30 pm Brian Brooks, MD, PhD
“Albinism: Can it be a Treatable Disease?”

2:00 pm Dan Goldman, PhD
“Growth Factors, Cytokines and Signaling Pathways underlying Muller Glia Reprogramming and Retina Regeneration”

2:30 pm Nils Loewen, MD, PhD
“Cell replacement in the outflow tract”

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm Xiangyun Wei, PhD
“Apicobasal Polarity Proteins for Photoreceptor Maintenance & Regeneration”

3:45 pm Mark Humayun, MD, PhD
“Stem Cell Treatment for Age Related Macular Degeneration”

4:15 pm Peter Lwigale, PhD
“Neurovascular Patterning in the Anterior Eye: Lessons We Have Learned from Cornea Development”

4:45pm Panel Discussion

5:00 pm Poster Session/Reception


JUNE 24, 2014

7:30 am Continental Breakfast & Poster Session

Session A – Military Medicine
Moderator: Robert Mazzoli/Vijay Gorantla

8:30 am Robert Read (Lieutenant Colonel – retired)
“Funding Opportunities at Fort Detrick”

9:00 am Robert Mazzoli, MD, FACS (Colonel – retired)
“Combat Ocular Injuries”

9:30 am Vijay S. Gorantla, MD, PhD
“Whole Eye Transplantation – The Holy Grail of Vision Restoration”

10:00 am Colonel Anthony Johnson
“Eye Research at the Ocular Trauma and Vision Restoration Task Area: Seeking Opportunities for Collaboration”

10:30 am Panel Discussion

10:45 am Matt Smith, PhD
“Converting Visual Images into Biologically Relevant Signals”

11:15 am Jeff Goldberg
“Stems Cells for Glaucoma”

11:45 pm Panel Discussion

12:00 pm Lunch/Poster Session

Session B– Translational Medicine/Clinical Trials
Moderator: Joel Schuman/Sayan Basu

1:00 pm Eyal Banin
“Towards Gene Therapy of Achromatopsia Caused by Mutations in the CNGA3 Gene”

1:30 pm Mike Steketee, PhD
“Regenerative ophthalmology: extracellular matrix approaches to ocular trauma”

2:00 pm Kapil Bharti, PhD
“Induced to Cure: Using iPS Cell Derived RPE To Treat Degenerative Eye Diseases”

2:30 pm Sayan Basu, MBBS, MS
“Advancements in Stem Cell Therapy for Severe Blinding Ocular Burns”

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm Shawn Kelly, PhD
“Safety Considerations for a High Channel Count Retinal Prosthesis for the Blind”

3:45 pm Jason Meyer, PhD
“Human Stem Cell-Derived Retinal Ganglion Cells: Implications for Optic Neuropathies”

4:15 pm Kia Washington
“Whole Eye Transplantation: From Experimental Model to Clinical Reality”

4:45 pm Panel Discussion

5:00 pm Adjournment



Location and Address

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall
(located on the University of Pittsburgh campus)
4141 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

For more information, please contact Lauren Wally at (412) 864-3283 or wallyl@upmc.edu