5th Biennial International Symposium on AMD

October 12-13, 2018 | Boston

AMD Symposium 2018

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Early Registration ends May 31, 2018

Today, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) remains a leading cause of blindness in developed countries—affecting more than 15 million in the United States alone.

This October, vision scientists and researchers from related fields will come together to discuss the latest topics in AMD research, ranging from novel biomarkers and vascular pathogenesis to inflammation. The goal of this symposium is to propel innovative AMD research that will ultimately eradicate this blinding disease

The event is hosted by the Harvard Ophthalmology AMD Center of Excellence and presented in partnership with the 3rd Biennial International Symposium on Ocular Regeneration.

Event Highlights

Thursday, October 11

Welcome Reception  (included in registration)

Friday, October 12

Scientific lectures
Friedman Lecture: presented by Francois Delori, PhD
Gala Dinner at the Boston Museum of Science (registration fees apply)

Saturday, October 13
Scientific lectures

Register for the AMD Symposium (2 Days):

Attendee Register by May 31 Register after May 31
Harvard Ophthalmology Faculty $200 $250
Academic $275 $325
Industry or corporate $500 $650
Trainee Complimentary Complimentary

Register for AMD and Ocular Regeneration Symposia (3 Days):

Attendee Register by May 31 Register after May 31
Academic $350 $400
Industry or corporate $750 $900


Members of the Organizing Committee include: Patricia A. D’Amore, PhD, MBA, Co-chair; Deeba Husain, MD, Co-chair; Ivana K. Kim, MD, Co-chair; and Joan W. Miller, MD, Ex-officio.

Deadline: July 1, 2018

Award winners will present their research during the sumposium.


Trainees and newly appointed faculty (within three years) can apply. Up to 10 awards will be given. 

Applications must Include

  1. Title
  2. Names of all authors and their institutions, with the presenting author first

  3. The symposium topic that it relates to 

  4. Separate paragraphs for: purpose, methods, results, and conclusions

  5. The funding source(s)

  6. Maximum length: 350 words

Submit your Abstract

Submit your abstract as Microsoft Word document to erin_porter@meei.harvard.edu by July 1, 2018. 

Email erin_porter@meei.harvard.edu to learn about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities. This year’s sponsors include:


Broadhurst Foundation






Heidelberg Engineering
Macular Degenenation Foundation

Thursday, October 11



Welcome Reception
Mass Eye & Ear
243 Charles Street, 7th Floor Cafeteria

Friday, October 12

7:00am 8:00am

Welcome Breakfast and Registration
Starr Center
185 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor

Title Speaker


Joan Miller, MD
Chief and Chair, Harvard Ophthalmology

Opening Remarks

Anthony P. Admis, MD
Global Head of Ophthalmology, Immunology and Infectious Disease, Genentech/Roche

Biomarkers Panel

Moderator: Deeba Husain
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School (HMS)

Dark adaptation, structure function, imaging

Emily Chew, MD
Deputy Director, Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications, National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Metabolics in disease

Jessica Lasky-Su, ScD
Assostant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital


Anders M. Naar, PhD
Assistant Cell Biologist, Professor of Cell Biology, Center for Cancer Research, Mass General Hospital


Vascular Panel

Moderator: John Miller, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, HMS

Animal Models

Barbra Braunger, MD, PhD,
Group Leader, University of Regensburg, Germany

Genetics of angiogenesis

Robert D'Amato, MD, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology, HMS

OCT angiography

Richard F. Spaide, MD
Retina Specialist, Vitreous Retina Macula Consultant Of New York; Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University


Inflammation Panel

Moderator: Kip Connor
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, HMS


Andrew Dick MD
Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Bristol

Animal models, RPE

Goldis Malek, PhD
Associate Professor, Departments of Ophthalmologya nd Pathology, Duke Eye Center


Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Rebecca Meyer Brown Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Retina Research Foundation, McPherson Eye Research Institute


Introduction to Friedman Lecture

Evangelos Gragoudas, MD
Charles Edward Whitten Professor of Ophthalmology, HMS

Introduction to Speaker

Joan Miller, MD

Friedman Lecture

Francois Delori, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology, HMS

GALA DINNER at the Museum of Science


7:00 am

8:00 am

Welcome Breakfast



Epigenetics Panel

Moderator: Margaret DeAngelis, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences, University of Utah

Non-eye epigenetics


Epigenetics in disease


Computational epigenetics

Li-Huei Tsai, PhD
Picower Institute Director, Principal Investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Mitochondria Panel

Moderator: Scott W. Cousins, MD
Robert Machemer, MD Professor of Ophthalmology, Professor in Immunology, Vice-chair, Research, Department, Duke University


Deborah Ferrington, PhD
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences, University of Minnesota


Zoltan Ungvari, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Donald W. Reynolds Chair of Aging Research, University of Oklahoma Health


Magali Saint-Geniez, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, HMS


Closing Remarks

Patricia D'Amore, PhD, MBA
Charles L. Schepens Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology, Vice Chair of Basic and Translational Research, HMS