3rd Biennial International Symposium on Ocular Regeneration

October 11, 2018 | Boston

Ocular Regeneration Symposium 2018


Early registration ends May 31

Tissue Engineering and The Eye

Join clinicians and basic scientists from multiple disciplines who are working to accelerate cures and restore vision in patients with degenerative eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and inherited retinal disorders. The Ocular Regeneration Symposium will facilitate engaging discussions on the latest advances in tissue engineering and potential applications to eye diseases.

Keynote Speaker

This year’s keynote speaker is Robert Langer, ScD, the David H. Koch Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A major focus of his research includes the use of polymers for the controlled-delivery of drugs.

Invited Speakers

  • Peter Coffey, PhD, University of California
  • Jennifer Elisseeff, PhD , John Hopkins University
  • John Giebel, DSc, MD, AGAF, Yale School of Medicine
  • Jeff Karp, PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Erin Lavik, MS, ScDUniversity of Maryland Baltimore County
  • David Mooney, PhD, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
  • Laura Niklason, MD, PhD, Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Molly Shoichet, PhD, University of Toronto
  • Budd Tucker, PhD, University of Iowa

Registration and Fees

This event is hosted by the Harvard Ophthalmology Ocular Regenerative Medicine Institute, in partnership with the 5th Biennial International Symposium on AMD.

Register for the Ocular Regeneration Symposium (1 Day):

Attendee Register by May 31 Register after May 31
Academic $125 $150
Industry or Corporate $300 $325
Trainee* $75 $75
Harvard Ophthalmology Faculty Complimentary Complimentary
*Harvard Ophthalmology trainees use discount code: HMSFellow for complimentary registration

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

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

Co-Directors of the symposium include Michael Young, PhD, and Demetrios Vavvas, MD, PhD.

Deadline: July 1, 2018

Trainees are invited to submit abstracts. Selected winners will present a poster during the symposium. Up to 10 Travel Awards will be given, thanks to support from an NEI/NIH conference grant.

Applications must Include

  1. Your CV
  2. Abstract (maximum length: 350 words)
  3. A one-page reference letter from a primary or secondary mentor. The letter should speak to the strength of the applicants research and academic promise. 

Submit your Abstract

Submit your abstract as a 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:

Gorin Foundation


Thursday, October 11*

Starr Center
185 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor

Time Title Speaker
8:00am Welcoming Remarks and presentation of Travel Awards Demetrios Vavvas, MD, PhD, and Michael Young, PhD
8:15am How do mammalian cells receive information from the materials in their environment? David Mooney, PhD
Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering, Core Faculty Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
8:45am Biomaterial scaffolds to restore normal tissue function in vivo Jennifer Elisseeff, PhD
Professor, Wilmer Eye Institute and Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
9:15am Deceullularization to generate scaffolds to support regeneration Laura Niklason, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology & Biomedical Engineering, Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science
9:45am Panel 1 Moderator: Neena Haider, PhD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School (HMS)
BREAK (10:15am)
10:30am 3 dimensional living retinal grafts using hydrogel-based biopolymers Budd Tucker, PhD
Stephen A. Wynn Associate Professor of Regenerative Medicine, University of Iowa
11:00am iPSC-derived RPE sheets for transplantation Peter Coffey, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience Research Institute, University of California
11:30pm To be determined John Geibel, DSc, MD, AGAF
Professor of Surgery (Gastrointestinal) and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale School of Medicine
12:00pm Panel 2 Moderator: Ula Jurkunas, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, HMS
LUNCH (12:30pm)
2:00pm Tissue engineered, 3-dimensional constructs to spatially control cell differentiation Molly Shoichet, PhD
Professor, University of Toronto
2:30pm  Bioinspiration and biomimetrics in tissue engineering Jeff Karp, PhD
Associate Professor, Brigham and Women's Hospital
3:00pm 3D retina organoid Erin Lavik, MS, ScD
Professor of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County
3:30pm Panel 3 Moderator: Magali Saint-Geniez, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, HMS
BREAK (4:00pm)
4:15pm Introduction to Keynote Speaker Joan Miller, MD
Chair, Harvard Ophthalmology
Chief of Ophthalmology, Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital
4:45pm Keynote Speaker:
Biomaterials and biotechnology: From the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug-delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering
Robert Langer
David H. Koch Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Reception (6:00 pm)
Mass. Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street, 7th floor

*Subject to changes