ARVO Annual Meeting

Stand strong for science: Stand strong for vision science

  • ARVO 2018

    ARVO 2018

    Annual Meeting: April 29 – May 3 | Honolulu, Hawaii

  • 2018 Friedenwald Award

    2018 Friedenwald Award: Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH, FARVO

    April 29 | What Escher and Bach teach us about immunology

  • 2018 ARVO Foundation Dr. David L. Epstein Award

    2018 ARVO Foundation Dr. David L. Epstein Award

    Janey Wiggs, MD, PhD, FARVO and mentee Ryan Collantes, MD

Imaging in the Eye Conference: April 28, 2018
Annual Meeting: April 29 – May 3
Honolulu, Hawaii

Join Harvard Ophthalmology faculty, alumni, and trainees in Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual conference and meeting. Basic and clinical researchers from around the globe will come together to discuss the latest advances in vision science and share strategies to inform the public, patients, and policy makers on their important sight-saving work.

Awards

This year, Dr. Reza Dana will receive the Friedenwald Award, while Dr. Janey Wiggs and her mentee Ryan Collantes will receive the Dr. David L. Epstein Award. View the full list of Harvard Ophthalmology award winners

Alumni Reception

The Harvard Ophthalmology and Mass. Eye and Ear Alumni Reception will be held on Sunday, April 29 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Email Ophthalmology_Events@meei.harvard.edu if you would like to receive an invitation.

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2018 Friedenwald Award

Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH, FARVO

Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research

Thaddeus Dryja, MD, and his research collaborators will receive this award from the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education and BrightFocus Foundation.

2018 ARVO Foundation Dr. David L. Epstein Award

Janey Wiggs, MD, PhD, FARVO, and her mentee Ryan Collantes, MD, (Harvard Medical School) are studying genetic mutations linked to early-onset glaucoma in Filipino families. Read more...

Proctor Award

Harvard Ophthalmology alumnus Samuel Jacobson, MD, PhD, (class of ’80) is one of two Proctor Medal recipients (along with Artur V. Cideciyan, PhD). 

Weisenfeld Award

Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, FACS, FARVO—Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear alumna  (class of '89)

Fight for Sight Alumni Achievement Award

Joel S. Schuman, MD, Mass. Eye and Ear alumnus (class of ’90)

New Dowling Society Member

Mass. Eye and Ear alumnus Ronald E. P. Frenkel, MD

2018 ARVO Foundation Honoree

Alice R. McPherson, MD, Mass. Eye and Ear alumna who trained under Charles L. Schepens

Collaborative Research Fellowship (ARVO Foundation)

Emiliano Terán-Bobadilla, PhD, a research fellow from the Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa in Mexico, will study glaucoma biomarkers under the mentorship of Russell Woods, PhD, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear.

Travel Awards

Afsaneh Amouzegar, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear
Revital Bronstein, Mass Eye and Ear
John Miller, Mass. Eye and Ear
Kareem Moussa , Mass. Eye and Ear
Julia Oswald, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear
Alex Pisig, Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center
Shrinivas Pundlik, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear
Mariana Rosales, Harvard Medical School
Elizabeth Rossin, Mass. Eye and Ear
Lynn Stanwyck, Mass. Eye and Ear

Dr. Eric Pierce Leads Education Course on Genome Editing for IRDs

April 28 | 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Inherited retinal diseases: divergent viewpoints of pathogenesis and treatment

Eric Pierce, MD, Phd, is internationally renowned for his pioneering research on the molecular genetics of IRDs. During the course, he will highlight the potential benefits and challenges of genome-editing approaches for these conditions. (Requires separate registration)

ARVO Foundation and Dowling Society Gala

April 28 | 6:15 - 9:00 pm
Mass. Eye and Ear alumnus Ronald E. P. Frenkel, MD, is one of seven inductees of the 2018 Dowling Society.

Shigeru Kinoshita, MD, PhD, FARVO, a former Harvard Ophthalmology Visiting Professor, and Alice R. McPherson, MD, a Mass. Eye and Ear alumna who trained under Charles L. Schepens, MD, are among the 2018 ARVO Foundation Honorees.

Alumnus Presents Proctor Award Lecture

April 29 | 10:45 - 11:30 am
From observations in the retina clinic to insights into pathophysiology
Harvard Ophthalmology alumnus Samuel Jacobson, MD, PhD, (class of ’80) is one of two Proctor Medal recipients (along with Artur V. Cideciyan, PhD). Dr. Jacobson—now a Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke University School of Medicine—is a pioneer in the application of gene-based and other therapies for diseases previously considered as incurable.

Dr. Reza DanaDr. Reza Dana Presents Friedenwald Award Lecture

April 29 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
What Escher and Bach teach us about immunology
Internationally recognized in the field of corneal immunology and transplantation biology, Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH, FARVO, is the Claes H. Dohlman Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

“Dr. Dana has significantly advanced our understanding of corneal and ocular surface biology through his groundbreaking basic and translational research investigations,” said Joan W. Miller, MD, FARVO, Chair of Harvard Ophthalmology and close colleague of Dr. Dana’s for more than two decades. “His pioneering work has dramatically changed how we understand immune-regulation in the eye and has advanced the search for novel therapeutics for patients with autoimmune disorders, dry eye disease, corneal transplants, and more.”

Dr. Jennifer Sun Reviews Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy

April 29 | 3:15 – 5:00 pm
Diabetic retinopathy clinical
Jennifer K. Sun, MD, MPH, National Chair of the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network will share data from teh DRCR Network Protocol S study.

Alumna Presents Weisenfeld Award Lecture

April 29 | 5:15 – 6:00 pm
Discovering mechanisms in the changing and diverse pathology of ROP
Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, FACS, FARVO—Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear alumna  (class of 1989)—has significantly advanced our understanding of retinopathy of prematurity. She is Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Utah, where she studies the mechanisms of normal and aberrant angiogenesis.

Harvard Ophthalmology Alumni Reception

Sunday, April 29, 2018| 8:00-10:00 pm
Email Ophthalmology_Events@meei.harvard.edu if you would like to receive an invitation. RSVP by April 22nd.

Dr. Russell Woods Presents Minisymposium on Peripheral Vision

Monday, April 30, 2018| 11:15 am-1:00 pm
20/20 visual acuity is not enough—again

Russell Woods, PhD, an expert in vision impairment and rehabilitation, will discuss an alternate viewing strategy that develops when central vision is impaired.

Women in Eye and Vision Research Luncheon

May 1 | 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive
Network with more than 300 attendees over lunch. Guest speakers include prominent scientists from around the world. Both men and women are welcome.  Register online

Dr. Ula Jurkunas Presents Stem Cell Research at NIH Town Hall Meeting

May 1 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Bringing regenerative medicine therapies to the clinic (special session)
With support from the National Institutes of Health, cornea specialist Ula Jurkunas, MD, is studying cultivated autologous limbal epithelial cell grafts as a treatment for limbal stem cell deficiency.

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