3rd Biennial International Symposium on Ocular Regeneration

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, cornea and dry eye disease, 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
  • Kapil Bharti, PhD, National Eye Institute
  • 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
  • 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.

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

Submissions are currently under review. Travel award winners will be contacted before September 1, 2018. 

Email erin_porter@meei.harvard.edu to learn about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities. This year’s sponsors include:


Catalyst Biosciences

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 Viscoelasticity and regeneration David Mooney, PhD
Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering, Core Faculty Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University

Cornea mimetic biomaterials and manipulating the ocular surface

Jennifer Elisseeff, PhD
Professor, Wilmer Eye Institute and Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
9:15am Induced pluripotent stem cell derived 3D engineered eye tissues to restore blinding Eye diseases Kapil Bharti Earl Stadtman, PhD
Tenure-Track Investigator, National Eye Institute; Adjunct Group Leader, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health
9:45am Panel 1 Moderator: Eleftherios Paschalis Ilios, PhD
Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School (HMS)
BREAK (10:15am)
10:30am Engineered outer retinal grafts for autologous cell replacement 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 Hydrogel-mediated cell transplantation promotes vision repair in animal models of blindness Molly Shoichet, PhD
Professor, University of Toronto
12:00pm Panel 2 Moderator: Ula Jurkunas, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, HMS
LUNCH (12:30pm)
2:00pm 3D Bioprinting as related to tissue engineering John Geibel, DSc, MD, AGAF
Professor of Surgery (Gastrointestinal) and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale School of Medicine
2:30pm  Tools for accelerated medical innovation Jeff Karp, PhD
Associate Professor, Brigham and Women's Hospital
3:00pm Engineering materials for models and therapies in the eye Erin Lavik, MS, ScD
Professor of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County
3:30pm Panel 3 Moderator: Bruce Ksander, PhD
Associate 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
4:30pm 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 (5:30 pm)
Mass. Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street, 7th floor

*Subject to changes