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.

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.

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

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.

Please check back in the spring for updates

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
8:30am Welcoming Remarks Demetrios Vavvas, MD, PhD, and Michael Young, PhD
8:35am How do mammalian cells receive information from teh materials in their environment? David Mooney, PhD
Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengnieering, Core Faculty Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
9:00am Biomaterial scaffolds to restore normal tissue function in vivo Jennifer Elisseeff, PhD
Professor, Wilmer Eye Institute and Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
9:25am Deceullularization to generate scaffolds to support regeneration Laura Niklason, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology & Biomedical Engineering, Yale School fo Engineering and Applied Science
10:15am PANEL 1 Moderator: Neena Haider, PhD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School (HMS)
BREAK (10:40am)
11am Named lectureship TBD
LUNCH (12pm)
1:00pm 3 dimensional living retinal grafts using hydrogel-based biopolymers Budd Tucker, PhD
Stephen A. Wynn Associate Professor of Regenerative Medicine, University of Iowa
1:25pm iPSC-derived RPE sheets for transplantation Peter Coffey, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience Research Institute, University of California
1:50pm Real-time monitoring of ion transport mechanisms in epithelia, using high-resolution microscopy John Biebel, DSc, MD, AGAF
Professor of Surgery (Gastrointestinal) and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale School of Medicine
2:15pm PANEL 2 Moderator: Ula Jurkunas, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, HMS
BREAK (2:40pm)
3:00pm Tissue engineered, 3-dimensional constructs to spatially control cell differentiation Molly Shoichet, PhD
Professor, University of Toronto
3:25pm Bioinspiration and biomimetics in tissue engineering Erin Lavik, MS, ScD
Professor of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County
4:15pm PANEL 3 Moderator: Magali Sain-Geniez, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, HMS
4:40pm Introduction to Keynote Speaker Joan Miller, MD
Chair, Harvard Ophthalmology
4:45pm Keynote Speaker Robert Langer
David H. Koch Institute Professor, Massachsetts Institute of Technology
6:00pm Reception
Mass. Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street, 7th floor

*Subject to changes