"4th Annual Vision Discovery Institute Retreat"

Meeting Dates:

Thursday & Friday, March 15th & 16th, 2012

Meeting Location:
River Room, Saint Paul's Church
605 Reynolds Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901

CME Credits offerred: None

Notes: First meeting in which residents present their research in the Vision Discovery Institute meeting rather than with graduation or in their own meeting.  
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
3:00 pmIntroductory Remarks / Welcome
» Registration Staff
3:45 pmLocalization of Transgelin within Human Trabecular Meshwork
» Andrea Prosser, M.D.
4:00 pmDiabetes Accelerates Ganglion Cell Loss in Mice Lacking Sigma Receptor 1
» Yonju Ha, Ph.D.
4:15 pmGenetics of cell-specific retinal regeneration
» Mark Trevino, M.D.
4:30 pmFlexible multifocal ERG
» Alan Saul, Ph.D.
5:30 pmReception
Friday, March 16th, 2012
Morning Session
7:30 a.m.Registration & Refreshments
» Registration staff
8:00 a.m.Welcome & Introductory Remarks
» Julian Nussbaum, M.D.
8:20 a.m.Comments by the Dean
» Dr. Peter Buckley
8:30 a.m.VDI Update
» Sylvia Smith, Ph.D.
8:45 a.m.Reflections about Dr. Keith Green
» Dr. Malcolm Luxenberg
9:00 a.m.Introduction of 1st Annual Keith Green Lectureship
» Anastasios Costarides, M.D., Ph.D.
9:15 a.m.Introduction of Keynote Speaker
» Sally Atherton, Ph.D.
9:30 a.m.What can a Zebrafish see with only an OFF-Visual Pathway and Other Fish Stories
» Dr. John Dowling
10:30 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m.Vision Loss in AMD
» Diego Espinosa, M.D.
11:00 a.m.Prevalence of HFE Gene Mutation in ARMD
» Brad Snead, M.D.
11:15 a.m.Loss of HFE Leads to Progression of Tumor Phenotype in Primary Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells
» Jaya Pranava Gnana-Prakasam, Ph.D.
11:30 a.m.Morbidity and Mortality of Screening Examinations for Retinopathy of Prematurity
» Erin Walsh, M.D.
11:45 a.m.Lunch / Poster Session
Afternoon Session
1:30 p.m.Mechanisms of Diabetic Retinopathy: The Role of NOX2 in Retinal vs. Bone Marrow-derived Cells
» Modesto Rojas, M.D., Ph.D.
1:45 p.m.The Role of Endocan in Diabetic Retinopathy
» Lauren Yancey, M.D.
2:00 p.m.TXNIP: Alpha Arrestin, Inhibitor of the Anti-Oxidant Activity and Activator of the NLRP3 Inflammasome
» Folami Lamoke
2:15 p.m.More Rapid NK Cell and Macrophage/Microglia Responses Induced in the Injected Eye by HSV-1 Lacking the Beclin-Binding (BBD)
» Ming Zhang, Ph.D.
2:30 p.m.Role of Adenosine in Traumatic Optic Neuropathy
» Nadeem Fatteh, M.D.
2:45 p.m.Discussion of VDI initiatives & future direction

Vision Discovery Institute Scientific Meeting

(see note below)

John Dowling, Ph.D.

University: Harvard University, Cambridge Campus
Rank: Harvard College Professor
Role: Section of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Role: Llura and Gordon Gund Professor of Neuroscience
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
3:00 pmIntroductory Remarks / Welcome
3:30 pmResearch talks (4)
5:30 pmReception
Friday, March 16th, 2012
Morning Session
7:30 a.m.Registration & Refreshments
8:00 a.m.Welcome & Introductory Remarks
8:45 a.m.Various speakers
9:30 a.m.Dr. John Dowling
10:30 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m.Research talks (4)
11:45 a.m.Lunch / Poster Session
Afternoon Session
1:30 p.m.Research talks (5)
2:45 p.m.Discussion of VDI initiatives & future direction

Inaugural Keith Green Lecture

The late Dr. Keith Green joined the then Medical College of Georgia as Director of Ophthalmology Research in 1974. In 1978 he was appointed as the third Regents' Professor (highest academic status in the University System of Georgia). Dr. Green instructed many across the academic spectrum throughout his tenure here and is specifically noted for having published 330 scientific articles and contributed to 30 research texts. In honor of his achievements a named lectureship has been established. Dr. John Dowling will provide the inaugural keynote address in this annual series.


Thursday evening a reception is being held in honor of Dr. John Dowling. This will be held at the same venue as the poster sessions and lectures. Please join us for this time of interaction.

Lectures & Poster session

In addition to the keynote and plenary lectures by our invited speakers will be a number of other talks. Six will be given by our junior and senior Ophthalmology residents. The ophthalmology residents are required to perform research while in residency. The first year residents will be preparing a poster with the second and third year residents giving a presentation. There will be speakers from the basic science staff to round out the topics. Please watch the schedule for updates!

 Note: Affiliations, ranks, roles and plans correct at time of meeting.
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