Military Vision Symposium on Ocular & Vision Injury

Military Vision Symposium on Ocular & Vision Injury

March 30-31, 2017 | Boston, MA

Registration is closed. Onsite registration is available.

Eye injuries sustained in war have changed and increased in number, as weapons, tactics, technology, and strategies have evolved. Join us in Boston on March 30-31 for the 6th Military Vision Symposium on Ocular & Vision Injury – a unique opportunity to explore the latest challenges in military vision care and advance eye research through collaboration between military experts, vision researchers, and ophthalmologists.

During this symposium, expert faculty will discuss the public health aspects of eye injuries, as well as the physics, consequences, rehabilitation, and restoration of blast injuries. Discussion will include the Medical Response at Boston Marathon Bombing, and the need for thorough data collection and the development and use of appropriate analysis programs  as preparedness for various types of incidents, e.g., bombings and natural disasters.

Our 2-day symposium, at the Starr Center at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass Eye and Ear, will feature lectures, interactive panel discussions, poster sessions, keynote speakers, and opportunity for networking. 

Chairs:

Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear • Mass. Eye and Ear • VCE (Vision Center of Excellence) • CDMRP (Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs) and CRMRP (Clinical Rehabilitative and Medicine Research Program)

Program
 

Thursday, March 30, 2017
7:30 – 8:00 amBreakfast
8:00 – 8:15  am

Welcome 
Joan W. Miller, MD
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

8:15 – 8:30  am

Introduction: Wounded Warrior Speaker
Specialist Steven Christopher Baskis (Ret. Army) OIF
President/Founder Blind Endeavors Foundation

Session 1: Blast Physics
Moderators:
Raul Radovitzky, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ann McKee, MD, Boston University

8:30 – 8:50 amBlast Physics and Blast Consequences
Col (Ret) Robert A. Mazzoli, MD, FACS 
Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
8:50 – 9:10 amBlast Physics and Biomechanics of Blast Eye Injury
David Ritzel
DYN-FX Consulting 
9:10 – 9:30 amComputational Biomechanics of Primary Blast Injury to the Human Eye
Vicky Nguyen, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
9:30 – 9:50 am

Temporal Progression of Eye Injury following Blast Exposure
Brittany Coats, PhD
University of Utah

9:50 – 10:00 am

Short Talk
A Blast Device for Inducing Ocular Trauma in Mouse Models
Dexter Watkins
Vanderbilt University

10:00 – 10:15 amMorning Break

Session 2: Blast Consequences
Moderators:
Dong Feng Chen, MD, PhD, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear
Heuy-Ching Wang, PhD, US Army Institute of Surgical Research

10:15 – 10:35 amVisual and Ocular Consequences of Blast
Glenn Cockerham, MD
Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
10:35 – 10:55 amOpen Globe Injuries
Marcus Colyer, MD
The Retina Group of Washington
F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine

10:55 – 11:15 am

The Link Between Photophobia and TBI 
Andrew Hartwick, PhD
Ohio State University 
11:15  – 11:25 amShort Talk
Traumatic Brain Injury and Visual Photosensitivity in Veterans

Mariela C. Aguilar, MSBME
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
11:25  – 11:55 amPanel Discussion with Sessions 1 and 2 Speakers
Leaders: Dong Feng Chen, MD, PhD, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear and Raul Radovitzky, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
11:55 am – 2:00 pm

Lunch
Starr Center Breakout Room

Posters
2nd Floor Conference Room

Session 3: Blast Rehabilitation
Moderators:
Alex Bowers, MCOptom, PhD, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear
Shelley Fried, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital 

2:00 – 2:05 pmIntroduction
Alex Bowers, MCOptom, PhD
Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear
2:05 – 2:25 pmPhotovoltaic Restoration of Sight After Loss of Photoreceptors
Daniel Palanker, PhD
Stanford University 
2:25 – 2:45 pmConfocal Image Decluttering for Video-based Visual Prostheses
Eli Peli, MSc, OD
Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear
2:45 – 3:05 pmVision Rehabilitation in a Polytrauma Setting: An Overview
Imelda Llanos, MS, OTR/L
Research Coordinator, JAHVAH Polytrauma Research Committee, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service PM&R Vision Impairment Clinic Program Manager Polytrauma/TBI Vision Rehabilitation Clinic James A. Haley Veterans Administration Medical Center
3:05 – 3:15 pmShort Talk
Precise Activation of Primary Visual Cortex using Implantable Micro-coils

Seung Woo Lee, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital 
3:15 – 3:30 p.m.Afternoon Break

Session 4: Blast Restoration
Moderators:
Michael Young, PhD, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear 
Larry Benowitz, PhD, Boston Children's Hospital

3:30 – 3:50 pmOptic Nerve Regeneration After Trauma: Bench to Bedside
Jeffrey L. Goldberg, MD, PhD
Stanford University
3:50 – 4:10 pmTotal Human Eye Allotransplantation: From Experimental Model to Clinical Reality
Kia Washington, MD
University of Pittsburgh 
4:10 – 4:30 pmDeveloping 3D-ocular Tissue as a Replacement Therapy for Combat Related Injuries  
Kapil Bharti, PhD
National Eye Institute
4:30 – 4:40 pmShort Talk
Loss of Visual Function following Blast-induced Ocular Trauma and TBI: Protection by HIOC through a BDNF/TrkB Receptor Mechanism

P. Michael Iuvone, PhD
Emory University Eye Center 
4:40 – 5:10 pmPanel Discussion with Speakers from Sessions 3 and  4
Leaders: Alex Bowers, MCOptom, PhD, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear and Michael Young, PhD, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear
5:10 – 7:10 pmGala Reception 
Starr Center, Schepens Eye Research Institute

 

Friday, March 31, 2017
8:00 – 8:30 amBreakfast

Session 5: Public Health Aspects of Eye Injuries in Mass Casualties 
Moderators: 
Matthew Gardiner, MD, Mass. Eye and Ear
Mary Daly, MD, Boston Veterans Affairs Healthcare Syste

8:30 – 8:50 amOverview 
Col (Ret) Robert A. Mazzoli, MD, FACS     
Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
8:50 – 9:10 amMarathon A Mass Casualty
Pierre A. D’Hemecourt, MD
Boston Children's Hospital
9:10 – 9:30 amOcular Injuries in the Boston Marathon Bombing and West Fertilizer Plant Explosion 
Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD
Mass. Eye and Ear
9:30 – 9:50 amOtologic Injuries from the Boston Marathon Bombings
Alicia M. Quesnel, MD
Mass. Eye and Ear
9:50  – 10:00 amShort Talk
Viewing Video with Homonymous Hemianopia

Francisco Costela, PhD
Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear
10:00 – 10:30 amPanel Discussion with Session 5 Speakers
Leaders: Matthew Gardiner, MD, Mass. Eye and Ear, and Mary Daly, MD, Boston Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
10:30 – 10:45 amMorning Break

Vision Funding Update
Moderator:
Joseph Ciolino, MD, Mass. Eye and Ear

10:45 – 11:05 amIntroduction 
James Jorkasky
Executive Director, National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, Alliance for Eye and Vision Research
11:05 – 11:30 am

Lecture
Robert Read, MBA
U.S Army Medical Research and Material Command Fort Detrick, MD

11:30  a.m. – 11:35 amClosing Remarks 
Darlene Dartt, PhD, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear, and John Loewenstein, MD, Mass. Eye and Ear

Agenda subject to change.

Wounded Warrior Speaker

Steven Christopher BaskisSpecialist Steven Christopher Baskis (Ret. Army, Operation Iraqi Freedom), President/Founder Blind Endeavors Foundation, explains how a traumatic military injury has forever changed his vision.

Specialist Steven C. Baskis successfully completed Infantry training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 2007 before being deployed with The US Army’s distinguished 4th Infantry Division—a unit that crossed the Normandy beaches in World War II. While serving as a Personal Security Specialist in 2008, Specialist Baskis was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device during military operations in Baghdad, Iraq. He suffered multiple shrapnel injuries to the head, neck, arms and legs, which resulted in vision loss and significant blood loss, hearing loss, loss of smell, and nerve damage to his left arm. “I may have lost my physical ability to see, but I have a new vision—a new perspective to guide me through life and all of its amazing challenges.

After war and debilitating injuries, Steve has gone on to climb two of the seven tallest mountains in the world, which include Mount Elbrus in Europe and Kilimanjaro in Africa. A documentary titled “High Ground,” captures the amazing journey of Specialist Baskis and 11 veterans who climbed a 20,000 foot Himalayan peak in the shadow of Mount Everest. He was also featured in the documentary, “On Me,” which follows five completely blind veterans down a stretch of white water river rapids in Montana. Specialist Baskis has found a love for adventure and physical challenges, actively pursuing half marathons, a half ironman, cycling 800 miles from the capital of Canada to the capital of the United States, skiing down cold mountains in Colorado, and white water kayaking down the Yellowstone river.

"I now want to give back to the people who have helped me, by starting a foundation called “Blind Endeavors,” he says. The Blind Endeavors Foundation’s main purpose will center around educating, conducting research, and making more people aware of what is possible, no matter the level of adversity faced. 
 

Online Program

 

Welcome to the 6th Military Vision Symposium on Ocular and Vision Injury

Our two-day event will focus on combat-related eye injuries—one of the most common, yet-less publicized types of war injuries. In recent years, eye injuries from blast forces have increased dramatically with the introduction of new weapons, tactics, and technologies. Today’s soldiers face threats from explosive devices that cause extensive damage to areas not protected by body armor.

This symposium brings together military leaders, clinicians, and scientists, with the goal of propelling innovative research that will lead to improved treatment and prevention strategies for combat-related eye injuries. Panel discussions, lectures, and poster presentations will encompass a variety of topics, including blast physics, blast consequences, blast rehabilitation, blast restoration, and public health aspects of eye injuries in mass casualties.

We are excited to have you with us today. Here at Harvard Ophthalmology, we nurture a spirit of inquiry and open dialogue and collaboration. Thank you in advance for your active participation, which will greatly contribute to the success of this forum and will help us identify novel avenues for future exploration.

We look forward to some lively discussions! 


This year’s program was made possible by the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School. We would also like to thank the National Eye Institute for their generous support.>