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

Che Connon, PhD

Denise Faustman, MD, PhD

Sarah Hamm-Alvarez, PhD

Albert Jun, MD, PhD

Jodhbir Mehta, MD, PhD

Venkateswara Mootha, MD

Shigeto Shimmura, MD


Agenda Overview

31st Biennial Cornea Conference


Friday, September 20
8:00am - 6:45pm
The Starr Center, 2nd floor
185 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114

  • 8:00-8:30am 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 Viewing
  • 11:35am-1:15pm Session 2: Immunology and Microbiology
  • 1:15-2:45pm Break: Lunch, Poster Viewing
  • 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 Viewing
  • 7:00-9:30pm Evening Activity: Dinner at the Liberty Hotel (215 Charles St, Boston, MA; registration fees apply) 

Saturday, September 21
The Starr Center, 2nd floor
185 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114

  • 8:00-8:30am 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
  • 10:30-11:00am Panel 2: Controversies in Corneal Pathobiology
  • 11:00am-12:40pm Session 5: Innovation
  • 12:40-1:45pm Break: Lunch
  • 1:45-2:45pm Claes H. Dohlman Lecture: Eduardo Alfonso, MD
  • 2:45-3:00pm Closing Remarks: Poster Winner and Travel Award Announcements


Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
Less than a 5-minute walk to Starr Center
Address: 5 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114
Room Rate: $259 for the dates of September 19-22, 2019
Reservations: Please click HERE or call (877) 999-3223 and refer to the "31st Biennial Cornea Conference Room Block MEEI" and/or ID#: 0919MEEIBC
Shoulder Nights/Additional Questions: Please call the hotel directly at (617) 742-7630

All reservations must be in place no later than August 20, 2019. 

Directions and Parking:

The Conference is located at:

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

The Starr Center map
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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 Bowdoin to the Bowdoin stop.
  • From Bowdoin, The Starr Center and The Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill are less than a five minute walk away.

By Public Transportation:
To reach the Starr Center by public transport, take one of the following lines-

  • The Red Line to the Charles/MGH stop
  • The Green Line to the Government Center stop
  • The Blue Line to the Bowdoin stop

For more information on the MBTA, please visit

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

Cambium Medical Technologies

Sun Pharma

Become a Sponsor

If you would like to sponsor the Biennial Cornea Conference, contact:

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


The conference will be accepting abstracts for the Poster Session.

More details coming soon


More details coming soon