Cornea Conference

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September 20-21, 2019 | Boston, MA


The Biennial Cornea Conference is the premier global anterior segment eye research conference and is designed to be a platform for presenting the current basic and clinical research in the field of cornea and ocular surface.  

Co-Chairs: Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc; Ula Jurkunas, MD; and Ilene Gipson, PhD


  • Ocular Surface
  • Immunology and Microbiology
  • Stroma
  • Endothelial Biology
  • Innovation

Named Lectures

Linda Hazlett

J. Wayne Streilein Lecture
Linda Hazlett, PhD





Claes H. Dohlman Lecture
Eduardo Alfonso, MD





Panel 1 - Areas of Greatest Unmet Need in Cornea
Moderator: Albert Jun, MD, PhD

  • Eduardo Alfonso, MD
  • James Chodosh, MD, MPH
  • Ilene Gipson, PhD
  • Farhad Hafezi, MD, PhD
  • Shigeto Shimmura, MD
  • Vickery E. Trinkaus-Randall, PhD

Panel 2 - Controversies in Corneal Pathobiology
Moderator: Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc

  • Pablo Argüeso, PhD
  • Nick Girolamo, BSc, PhD
  • Pedram Hamrah, MD
  • Noorjahan Panjwani, PhD
  • Eric Pearlman, PhD
  • Daniel Saban, PhD


Email Erica Eaton or call (617) 912-2627

Named Lectures

Linda Hazlett

J. Wayne Streilein Lecturer

Linda Hazlett, PhD
Vice Dean for Research & Graduate Programs
The Robert S. Jampel, MD, PhD, Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology
Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences
Wayne State University School of Medicine


Claes H. Dohlman Lecturer

Eduardo Alfonso, MD
Kathleen & Stanley J. Glaser Chair in Ophthalmology
Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

Friday, September 20, 2019

Natalie Afshari, MD, FACS
Pablo Argüeso, PhD
Paulo Bispo, PhD
M. Elizabeth Fini, PhD
Nick Di Girolamo, BSc, PhD
Karsten Gronert, MS PhD
Farhad Hafezi, MD, PhD
Dimitris Karamichos, PhD
Sarah Knox, PhD
Eric Pearlman, PhD
Daniel Saban, PhD
James Zieske, PhD

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Nasim Annabi, PhD
Joseph Ciolino, MD

Che Connon, PhD
Sarah Hamm-Alvarez, PhD
Albert Jun, MD, PhD
Jodhbir Mehta, MD, PhD
Venkateswara Mootha, MD
Shigeto Shimmura, MD

Friday, September 20

8:00am - 6:45pm
185 Cambridge Street
The Starr Center, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02114

Time Session
8-8:30am Breakfast and registration
8:30-8:45am Welcome: Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc, and Ula Jurkunas, MD
8:45-10:50am Session 1: Ocular Surface
10:50-11:35am Break: Poster Session
11:35am-1:15pm Session 2: Immunology and Microbiology
1:15-2:45pm Break: Lunch and Poster Session
2:45-3:15pm Panel 1: Areas of Greatest Unmet Need in Cornea
3:15-4:30pm Session 3: Stroma
4:30-4:50pm Break
4:50-5:50pm J. Wayne Streilein Lecture: Linda Hazlett, PhD
5:50-6:45pm Reception and Poster Session
7-9:30pm Dinner at the Liberty Hotel (214 Charles St, Boston)
Registration fees apply)

Saturday, September 21

185 Cambridge Street,
The Starr Center, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02114

Time Session
8-8:30am Breakfast and Registration
8:30-8:35am Welcome: Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc
8:35-10:15am Session 4: Endothelial Biology
10:15-10:30am Break
10:30-11am Panel 2: Controversies in Corneal Pathobiology
11am-12:40pm Session 5: Innovation
12:40-1:45pm Break: Lunch
1:45-2:45pm Claes H. Dohlman Lecture: Eduardo Alfonso, MD
2:45-3pm Closing Remarks: Poster Winner and Travel Award Announcements

The Starr Center
185 Cambridge Street, 2nd floor Boston, MA 02114


Room Block at the Wyndam Boston Beacon Hotel 

5 Blossom Street—less than a 5-minute walk to Starr Center

Room Rate: $259 for September 19-22, 2019. 

All reservations must be made by August 20, 2019. Book your room online or call (877) 999-3223 and refer to the "31st Biennial Cornea Conference Room Block MEEI" and/or ID#: 0919MEEIBC

If you have questions or would like to stay additional nights, call the hotel directly at (617) 742-7630

Traveling by Air

Logan Airport is just 4 miles from The Starr Center.

  • The Logan Airport provides a complimentary shuttle to the Blue Line on the MBTA.
  • Take the Blue Line inbound to the Bowdoin stop.
  • From Bowdoin, The Starr Center and The Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill are less than a five-minute walk away

Traveling by Public Transportation


For those driving, we suggest the Propark loction that is around the corner from the conference
Propark Boston Parking Garage-Longfellow
Address: 60 Staniford St, Boston, MA 02114
Daily Max: $48




Lions Vision Gift


Bausch & Lomb
Boston Foundation for Sight
Cambium Medical Technologies
Novaliq, Inc.
Santen Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd
Sun Pharma


Tufts University School of Medicine

Become a Sponsor

Erica Eaton
(617) 912-2627
20 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114


Submit your abstract for the Poster Session by Friday, August 9, 2019 at 5 PM (EST). Accepted posters will be on display during Day 1 of the Conference. Winners will be announced at the end of Day 2.


  • Abstracts must be previously unpublished work at the time of submission and remain unpublished until after September 21, 2019.
  • An individual may be the first author of only one abstract; however, there is no limit to the number of times an individual may appear as a co-author on other abstracts
  • All submissions must be received by Friday, August 9, 2019 at 5 PM (EST).

Abstract Format

Follow the 2019 ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract Policies and Procedures. In particular:

  • Include the name and institutional affiliations of all authors; in addition, the first author should include his/her email address for correspondence
  • The abstract should contain four headings: Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusions
  • There is a 2,500 character limit (including spaces) for title and abstract body text.

Submission Instructions

Submit your abstract in MS Word (*.doc /*.docx) format to

Note: Acceptance to the Poster Session does not register you for the conference.

Two winners will be selected and notified by August 23, 2019. The awards, $500 (each), will be handed out at the end of the 2nd day of the conference.


Postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members (no more than five years of past training) who are engaged in cornea research can apply for travel awards. 

Apply by August 2, 2019

Submit your current CV and a short paragraph detailing how the knowledge gained at the 31st Biennial Cornea Conference will strengthen their research and/or research program. 

Submissions can be emailed or mailed to the Cornea Center of Excellence Program Coordinator, Erica Eaton

Erica Eaton
SERI of Mass. Eye & Ear
20 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114 USA