30th Biennial Cornea Conference

Cornea Conference

October 12-14, 2017 | Boston, MA

Co-Chairs: Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc, and Ula Jurkunas, MD
Learn more about the Organizing Committees


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.  It will begin on Thursday evening with a Poster Session hosted by Boston University School of Medicine in the Hiebert Lounge.


  • Ocular Surface

  • Immunology and Microbiology

  • Endothelial Cell Biology

  • Innovation and New Techniques

Named Lectures

  • J. Wayne Streilein Lecture - Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc

  • Claes H. Dohlman Lecture - Kazuo Tsubota, MD, PhD

Celebrating Claes H. Dohlman

Claes Dohlman, MD, PhD

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the conference will conclude by honoring Dr. Claes Dohlman with a program entitled, "60 Years of Contributions of Claes Dohlman to Corneal Science and Education."


Email Erica Eaton or call (617) 912-2627

Named Lectures

Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc

J. Wayne Streilein Lecturer

Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc
Claes H. Dohlman Professor
Vice Chair for Academic Programs
Director, Cornea Service
Mass. Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School

Kazuo Tsubota, MD, PhD

Claes H. Dohlman Lecturer

Kazuo Tsubota, MD, PhD
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Ophthalmology
Keio University School of Medicine

Friday, October 13, 2017

Natalie Afshari, MD, FACS
Anthony Aldave, MD
Joseph Bonanno, OD, PhD, FAAO
Sunil Chauhan, DVM, PhD
Claus Cursiefen, MD
Pedram Hamrah, MD
Ahmad Kheirkhah, MD
Shigeru Kinoshita, MD, PhD
Alexander V. Ljubimov, PhD, FARVO
Rajiv R. Mohan, MSc, PhD, FARVO
Joaquim Murta, MD, PhD
Noorjahan Panjwani, PhD
Jaya Rajaiya, PhD
Michael Salter, MD, PhD, FRSC
Mary Ann Stepp, PhD
Susmit Suvas, PhD
Shivakumar Vasanth, PhD

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Eduardo Alfonso, MD
James Aquavella, MD
Jules L. Baum, MD
James Chodosh, MD, MPH
Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD
Ilene Gipson, PhD
Mona Harissi-Dagher, MD, FRCSC, DABO
Deborah Jacobs, MD
Ula Jurkunas, MD
Kenneth Kenyon, MD
Stephen D. Klyce, PhD
Peter Laibson, MD
Deborah Langston, MD
Michael Lemp, MD
Shahzad Mian, MD
Victor Perez, MD
Roberto Pineda, MD
Mark Rosenblatt, MD, PhD
Oliver Schein, MD, MPH

Preliminary Agenda


Poster Session

Thursday, October 12
Boston University School of Medicine
Hiebert Lounge, 14th Floor
72 E Concord St Boston, MA 02118
Hosted by Boston University School of Medicine

30th Biennial Cornea Conference

Friday, October 13
7:15am - 6:00pm
The Starr Center, 2nd floor
185 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114

  • Session Topics: Ocular Surface, Immunology and Microbiology, Endothelial Cell Biology, Innovation and New Techniques

  • J. Wayne Streilein Lecture: Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc

  • Evening Activity: Cocktail and Dinner Reception to follow at the Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114 (Registration fees apply)

Saturday, October 14
The Starr Center, 2nd floor
185 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114

  • 60 Years of Dr. Claes Dohlman's Contributions to Corneal Science and Education

  • Topics: Talks from past Dohlman Fellows

  • Claes H. Dohlman Lecture: Kazuo Tsubota, MD, PhD


Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
Less than a 5-minute walk to Starr Center
Special Conference Rate: $279
5 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114
(877) 999-3223

The Liberty Hotel
10-minute walk (0.5 miles)

215 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
(866) 961-3778

The Omni Parker House
12-minute walk (0.6 miles)

60 School St, Boston, MA
(617) 227-8600

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 www.mbta.com

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: Daily Max, $35
Website: www.proparkboston.com 

The Poster Session is located at:

Hiebert Lounge
14th Floor
Boston University School of Medicine
72 East Concord St
Boston, MA 02118

Heibert Lounge map
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Public Transportation:
To reach the Hiebert Lounge by public transport, take the Orange Line to Massachusetts Avenue or take the Silver Line 5 to Washington Street at Worcester Street.
For more information on the MBTA, please visit www.mbta.com

Accepted abstracts will be presented during the poster session on October 12 at 5:30 pm. (Set up begins at 5:00pm.)


Friday, September 8, 2017 at 5:00pm (EST)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Abstracts must be previously unpublished until October 14, 2017
  • An individual may be the first author of only one abstract; however, there is no limit for co-authors

Formatting your Abstract

Follow the 2017 ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract Policies and Procedures. In particular:

  • Authors: Include name and institutional affiliations of all authors. The first author should include an email address for correspondence.
  • Headings: Include four headings: Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.
  • Word Limit: No more than 2,500 characters (including spaces and title) 

Submit Your Abstract

Email your abstract in an MS Word (*.doc /*.docx) format to CorneaCOE@meei.harvard.edu 




Gold Sponsors

Lions VisionGift

Silver Sponsor

Sinqi Pharmaceutical

Bronze Sponsors

Bausch & Lomb
Boston Foundation For Sight
Boston University School of Medicine
KeraLink International
Santen Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd
Sightlife Surgical


Tufts University School of Medicine

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

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


September 1, 2017.  The recipient will be notified by September 22, 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

At the time of application, candidates should be either:  (1) a postdoctoral fellow engaged in cornea research,or (2) a junior faculty member (e.g., investigator, instructor, assistant professor) engaged in cornea research.

Submission Details

Eligible candidates should submit:  (1) a current CV, and (2) a short paragraph detailing how the knowledge gained at the 30th Biennial Cornea Conference will strengthen their research and/or research program.  Submissions should be sent to the Cornea Center of Excellence Program Coordinator, Erica Eaton.

By Mail
Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear
c/o Erica Eaton
20 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114 USA

By Email
Subject Line: Travel Award Application