University of Wisconsin – Madison


Join our faculty and learners in Vancouver as we present, lead and share at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2019 Annual Meeting.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019
Time Main Session Type # Poster/Paper Title Author(s)/Moderator(s) Speaker/s Location
08:00 AM – 09:45 AM 10: AMD screening, risk factors, and consequences Poster A0130 Mail-based Stool Collection in Women with and without Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Amy Millen, Kristen Hall, Kelly Kamm, Zhe Liu, Barbara Krajewski, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Gareth Lema, Michael Buck, Rachael Hageman Blair, Yijun Sun, Daniel McSkimming, Julie Mares Amy Millen West Exhibition Hall
08:00 AM – 09:45 AM 12: AMD anti-VEGF II Poster A0307 Chronic Nonclinical Ocular Toxicity Study of KSI-301 Demonstrates Tolerability after Intravitreal Administration in Cynomolgus Monkeys John Sinclair, Hong Liang, Zachary Antonio, Paul Miller, Avery Tolosa, Joel Naor, Leah Quarberg, Alok Sharma, Xiaojian Huang, Janine Lu, William Ngo, Dan Dang, Frances Clemo, James Ver Hoeve, T. Michael Nork, D. Victor Perlroth John Sinclair West Exhibition Hall
08:00 AM – 09:45 AM 14: Animal Imaging Poster A0595 Functional, Histologic, and Ultrastructural Assessment of Novel OCT Findings in the Cynomolgus Monkey Helen Booler, Aija Kusi, Nardos Tassew, Christopher Frantz, Matthew Holdren, Phillip Lai, T. Michael Nork, Carol Rasmussen, William Meier, Vladimir Bantseev Helen Booler West Exhibition Hall
08:00 AM – 09:45 AM 14: Animal Imaging Poster A0610 OCT in Neonate Monkeys With and Without Maternal Zika Virus Exposure Carol Rasmussen, Seth Eaton, Nathan Diers, Peter Cueno, Emma Mohr, David O’ Connor, Alexander Katz, Michelle Schotzko, Christopher Murphy, Yijun Huang, T Michael Nork Carol Rasmussen West Exhibition Hall
01:00 PM – 02:45 PM 35: AMD therapies (excluding anti-VEGF) Poster A0232 Small PEDF-derived peptides mitigate choroidal neovascularization Jack Henkin, Ignacio Melgar-Asensio, Soesiawati Darjatmoko, Shoujian Wang, Christine Sorenson, Daniel Albert, Reshma Bhowmick, Olga Volpert, Nader Sheibani Jack Henkin West Exhibition Hall
01:00 PM – 02:45 PM 36: Gene variants and regulation of ocular genes expression in health and disease Poster A0370 Mutations in splicing factors that cause Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) do not affect splicing in a global manner Revital Bronstein, Sudeep Mehrotra, Elizabeth Capowski, Leah Foltz, Michael Farkas, David Gamm, Dennis Clegg, Eric Pierce Revital Bronstein West Exhibition Hall
01:00 PM – 02:45 PM 44: Neurodegeneration Poster B0129 Exploring the Role of BAX in the Degeneration of Retinal Ganglion Cell Axons and Dendritic Arbors Ryan Donahue, Briana Ebbinghaus, Mrinalini Hoon, Robert Nickells Ryan Donahue West Exhibition Hall
01:00 PM – 02:45 PM 44: Neurodegeneration Poster B0151 Neuro-inflammation and degeneration in the Optic Nerve Head (ONH) in a Genetic Feline Model of Glaucoma Kazuya Oikawa, Julie Kiland, N. Matthew Ellinwood, Gillian McLellan Kazuya Oikawa West Exhibition Hall
03:00 PM – 04:45 PM 70: AMD clinical research I Poster A0183 Comparable Growth Rates of Bilateral Geographic Atrophy due to Age-related Macular Degeneration Jeong Pak, Amitha Domalpally, Kyle McDaniel, Barbara Blodi Jeong Pak West Exhibition Hall
03:00 PM – 04:45 PM 71: AMD clinical research II Poster A0202 Characteristics of Reticular Pseudodrusen in the AREDS2 Meghana Agni, Jeong Pak, Amitha Domalpally, Emily Chew Meghana Agni West Exhibition Hall
03:00 PM – 04:45 PM 73: From Modeling to Potential Therapies Poster A0356 Performance of a Novel OCT Segmentation Method for Determining Lesion Volume in the Assessment of a Non-Human Primate Model of Choroidal Neovascularization Seth Eaton, Yijun Huang, Ronald Danis, T Michael Nork, Carol Rasmussen, Hugh Wabers, Michael Neider, Brian Christian, Menno Van Lookeren Campagne, Christopher Murphy Seth Eaton West Exhibition Hall
04:15 PM – 04:30 PM 54: Retina Paper 968 Vigabatrin-induced retinal bipolar cell plasticity in C57BL/6J mice Kore Chan, Brad Wahlgren, Shawna Gloe, James Ver Hoeve, Mrinalini Hoon, Bikash Pattnaik, Jeremy Williams, Julie Kiland, Erwin Jansen, Gajja Salomons, Dana Walters, Jean-Baptiste Roullet, K Michael Gibson, Gillian McLellan Kore Chan East 2/3
MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2019
Time Main Session Type # Poster/Paper Title Author(s)/Moderator(s) Speaker/s Location
08:15 AM – 10:00 AM 110: Imaging: posterior segment, clinical Poster A0344 Utility of Ultra-Widefield Imaging in Patients with Inherited Retinal Diseases Rachael Lyerla, Nickie Stangel, Angie Adler, Melanie Schmitt, Kimberly Stepien Rachael Lyerla West Exhibition Hall
08:15 AM – 10:00 AM 112: Retinal Vascular Biology Poster B0274 Suprachoroidal (SC) injection of endothelin-1 (ET-1) in rabbits: A new model of outer retinal ischemia. T Michael Nork, Alexander Katz, Elizabeth Hennes-Beean, Charlene Kim T Michael Nork West Exhibition Hall
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM 118: Translational immunology in AMD, uveitis and thyroid eye disease Paper 1722 Infection Patterns of Periodontal Microbiota and Age-related Macular Degeneration Chung-Jung Chiu, Alpdogan Kantarci, Ronald Klein Chung-Jung Chiu East Ballroom A
12:45 PM – 01:00 PM 127: New Ideas in Glaucoma Paper 1788 Schlemm’s canal imaging, pressure measurement, catheterization and substance delivery in live monkeys Sri Meghana Konda, Julie Kiland, Mary Mohr, Jared McDonald, Candice Ho, Anita Chan, Jesse Moreno, Phil Prosser, Shamira Perera, Paul Kaufman Sri Meghana Konda ARVO Ballroom
04:00 PM – 05:45 PM 173: IOP Measurement Poster A0591 Validation of the Icare® TONOVET Plus rebound tonometer in normal rabbit eyes Julie Kiland, Abby Rothering, Shawna Gloe, Gillian McLellan Julie Kiland West Exhibition Hall
04:00 PM – 05:45 PM 173: IOP Measurement Poster A0598 High Contrast Grating Based Mechanical Sensor for Intraocular Applications Jayer Fernandes, Yong Kwon, Jae-Jun Kim, Mary Ann Croft, Hewei Liu, Paul Kaufman, Hongrui Jiang Jayer Fernandes West Exhibition Hall
04:00 PM – 05:45 PM 178: Retinal Vascular Diseases II Poster B0121 Ellipsoid Zone Status and its Association with Visual Acuity in Eyes with Macular Edema in the Study of COmparative Treatments for REtinal Vein Occlusion 2 (SCORE 2) Chandana Papudesu, Amitha Domalpally, Neal Oden, Paul VanVeldhuisen, Ingrid Scott, Michael Ip, Barbara Blodi Chandana Papudesu West Exhibition Hall
04:45 PM – 05:00 PM 165: Biomechanics Paper 2247 Modulating Human Intraocular and Intracranial Pressure Using the ex-vivo Translaminar Autonomous System Tasneem Sharma, Abbot Clark, Husain Lohawala, Colleen McDowell Tasneem Sharma ARVO Ballroom
05:15 PM – 05:30 PM AMD: Clinical Research Paper 2216 Reticular Pseudodrusen as a Risk Factor for Progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Amitha Domalpally, Jeong Pak, Elvira Agron, Tracy Clemons, Emily Chew Amitha Domalpally East Ballroom B
07:30 PM – 09:00 PM 296: New Clinical Trial Results in Retinal Vein Occlusion: SCORE2 and LEAVO Trials Special Session SCORE2 Interesting Cases Barbara Blodi Barbara Blodi West 212-214
Time Main Session Type # Poster/Paper Title Author(s)/Moderator(s) Speaker/s Location
08:45 AM – 10:30 AM 212: Stem Cell based Approaches for Transplantation and Therapies Poster A0057 Transplantation of human pluripotent stem cell-derived photoreceptors on a biocompatible scaffold in the S334ter rat Allison Ludwig, Joe Phillips, Lindsey Jager, Kelsy Nilles, Sara Stuedemann, Juhwan Lee, Inkyu Lee, Shaoqin Gong, Zhenqiang Ma, David Gamm Allison Ludwig West Exhibition Hall
08:45 AM – 10:30 AM 219: OCTA – Experimental Applications and Technical Improvements Poster A0431 Assessment of OCT angiography image quality in clinical studies Ian Holmen, Sri Meghana Konda, Jeong Pak, Barbara Blodi, Kimberly Stepien, Amitha Domalpally Ian Holmen West Exhibition Hall
08:45 AM – 10:30 AM 224: Aqueous humor Dynamics and IOP Poster B0358 Imaging Post-Trabecular Outflow Pathways in Spontaneous Canine Glaucoma Gillian McLellan, Mary Rebecca Telle, Jake Nilles, Kevin Snyder, Kazuya Oikawa, Julie Kiland, Leandro Teixeira, Alex Huang Gillian McLellan West Exhibition Hall
08:45 AM – 09:00 AM 202: Diabetic Retinopathy: Clinical Imaging Paper 2803 Diabetic Retinopathy Severity Level Assessment in Ultrawide-field Imaging Nancy Barrett, Kristi Dohm, Kyle McDaniel, Barbara Blodi, Amitha Domalpally Nancy Barrett East Ballroom B
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM 206: Glaucoma Genetics Development with advanced technology & large datasets Paper 2835 Novel DDX58 Gene Mutation Associated With Childhood Glaucoma Terri Young, Kristina Whisenhunt, Yasmin Bradfield, Nickie Stangel, Sarah Lamartina, Stuart Tompson Terri Young West 217-219
11:45 AM – 01:30 PM 238: Stem Cells and Retinal Organoids:  Development Poster A0028 Characterization of interphotoreceptor matrix proteins expressed by human pluripotent stem cell derived retinal cells Steven Mayerl, Elizabeth Capowski, Divya Sinha, Joe Phillips, Kimberly Edwards, David Gamm Steven Mayerl West Exhibition Hall
11:45 AM – 01:30 PM 240: Gene therapy for ocular disorders Poster A0161 Gene therapies differentially rescue disease phenotype in patient-specific hiPSC-RPE models of Best disease Divya Sinha, Benjamin Steyer, Pawan Shahi, Rasa Valiauga, Kimberly Edwards, Cole Bacig, Bikash Pattnaik, Krishanu Saha, David Gamm Divya Sinha West Exhibition Hall
12:15 PM – 12:30 PM 230: Retinal Angiogenesis and Related Mechanisms in Vascular Biology Paper 3260 1,25(OH)2D3 Attenuates Retinal Angiogenesis by Inhibiting Proangiogenic Activity of Pericytes Nader Sheibani, Nasim Jamali, Christine Sorenson Nader Sheibani East 11/12
Time Main Session Type # Poster/Paper Title Abstract Author Block Speaker/s Location
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM 336: Trabecular Meshwork and Ciliary Body Poster B0537 TLR4 signaling in the human trabecular meshwork Colleen McDowell, Tasneem Sharma Colleen McDowell West Exhibition Hall
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM 336: Trabecular Meshwork and Ciliary Body Poster B0541 Activation of αvβ3 integrin in human trabecular meshwork cells enhances Rho-independent assembly of fibronectin fibrils. Mark Filla, Harini Desikan, Donna Peters Mark Filla West Exhibition Hall
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM 336: Trabecular Meshwork and Ciliary Body Poster B0546 Inactivation of αvβ3 integrin in talin-1 deficient human trabecular meshwork cells prevents TGFβ2 induced increase in fibronectin protein expression Jennifer Faralli, Johanna Balas, Mark Filla, Donna Peters Jennifer Faralli West Exhibition Hall
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM 324: Imaging Paper 4823 Non-invasive Detection of Visual Pathway Abnormalities in Genetic Experimental Models of Glaucoma Using Diffusion Tensor MRI Max Colbert, Yolandi van der Merwe, Leon Ho, Gillian McLellan, Samuel Hurley, John Fingert, Carlos Parra, Muneeb Faiq, Gadi Wollstein, Joel Schuman, Kevin Chan Max Colbert ARVO Ballroom
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM 315: Stem Cells and Organoids Paper 4766 Single-cell transcriptomic analysis of human NRL null retinal organoids Donald Zack, Alyssa Kallman, Elizabeth Capowski, Anu Kaushik, Liben Chen, Melissa Liu, Alex Jansen, Kim Edwards, Cindy Berlinicke, Ming-Wen Hu, Jiang Qian, Eric Pierce, Jeff Wang, David Gamm Donald Zack East 11/12
03:00 PM – 04:45 PM 368: Diabetic Retinopathy Imaging Poster B0029 Comparison of Diabetic Retinopathy Severity Level Assessment Between Standard 7-field Imaging and Ultrawide Field Color Imaging Kristi Dohm, Nancy Barrett, Kyle McDaniel, Barbara Blodi, Amitha Domalpally Kristi Dohm West Exhibition Hall
03:00 PM – 04:45 PM 368: Diabetic Retinopathy Imaging Poster B0031 Correlation of peripheral non-perfusion from ultrawide field fluorescein angiography to color ETDRS severity level in eyes with diabetic retinopathy Ellie Corkery, Kyle McDaniel, Amitha Domalpally, Barbara Blodi Ellie Corkery West Exhibition Hall
03:00 PM – 04:45 PM 372: Healthcare Delivery Poster B0332 Engaging patients and clinical stakeholders to increase teleophthalmology use for diabetic eye screening in rural primary care clinics Yao Liu, Julia Carlson, Nicholas Zupan, Todd Molfenter, Jane Mahoney, Deanne Boss, Ronald Klein, Timothy Bjelland, Maureen Smith Yao Liu West Exhibition Hall
03:00 PM – 04:45 PM 375: Imaging II Poster B0463 Accommodative Ciliary Muscle Contraction: Choroid and Lens Thickness Measurements Mary Ann Croft, T Michael Nork, Jared McDonald, Paul Kaufman Mary Ann Croft West Exhibition Hall
Time Main Session Type # Poster/Paper Title Author(s)/Moderator(s) Speaker/s Location
08:00 AM – 09:45 AM 398: Vision Assessment & Performance. Aging. Driving Poster A0411 Macular pigment and low luminance vision in the Carotenoids in Age-Related Eye Disease Study (CAREDS), an ancillary study of the Women’s Health Initiative Krista Christensen, Zhe Liu, James Ver Hoeve, James Stringham, Yao Liu, Robert Wallace, Karen Gehrs, Lesley Tinker, Tom Lawler, Julie Mares Krista Christensen West Exhibition Hall
08:00 AM – 09:45 AM 398: Vision Assessment & Performance. Aging. Driving Poster A0425 Visual Acuity, Motor Vehicle Collisions, and Moving Violations in a Cohort of Patients Who Have Undergone Eyelid Surgery Katherine Lucarelli, Mark Lucarelli, Cat Burkat, Suzanne van Landingham Katherine Lucarelli West Exhibition Hall
08:00 AM – 09:45 AM 400: Animal Electrophysiology Poster A0474 Normative Values for Multifocal ERGs Recorded from Cynomolgus Macaques in a Non-clinical Setting Yelena Krakova, Charlene Kim, Seth Eaton, Brian Christian, Ewa Budzynski, Jackie Miller, T Michael Nork, Christopher Murphy, James Ver Hoeve Yelena Krakova West Exhibition Hall
08:00 AM – 09:45 AM 402: Retinal Development Poster A0515 Bim Expression Modulates Retinal Astrocyte Function through Regulation of the Extracellular Microenvironment Christine Sorenson, Juliana Falero-Perez, Nader Sheibani Christine Sorenson West Exhibition Hall
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM 431: Retinal Detachment, Trauma and Repair Poster A0287 Retinal Detachment Repair Outcomes in Patients who Received Preoperative Evaluation with a Different Surgeon Zackery Oakey, Ian Holmen, Jonathan Chang, Elaine Downie, Michael Ip, Michael Altaweel, Justin Gottlieb, T Michael Nork Zackery Oakey West Exhibition Hall
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM 431: Retinal Detachment, Trauma and Repair Poster A0292 Recurrent retinal detachment: Surgical practices and outcomes Elaine Downie, Zackery Oakey, Ian Holmen, Michael Altaweel, Justin Gottlieb, Michael Ip, T Michael Nork, Jonathan Chang Elaine Downie West Exhibition Hall
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM 416: Advances in Retinal Gene Therapy and Stem Cells Paper 6397 Survival and migration of photoreceptor precursors following transplantation into a macaque eye with host photoreceptors ablated Ebrahim Aboualizadeh, M Joseph Phillips, Jennifer Strazzeri, David Diloreto, Kamal Dhakal, Brittany Bateman, Jennifer Hunter, William Merigan, David Gamm, David Williams Ebrahim Aboualizadeh East 8 & 15
12:15 PM – 01:45 PM 440: Exploring Controversial Issues in BEST1-related Retinal Disease – SIG Special Interest Group Exploring Controversial Issues in BEST1-related Retinal Disease Janet Sparrow, Stephen Tsang, Anthony Moore, Tingting Yang, Bernhard Weber, David Gamm, Olaf Strauss David Gamm, Anthony Moore, Janet Sparrow, Olaf Strauss, Stephen Tsang, Bernhard Weber, Tingting Yang East Ballroom A
12:15 PM – 01:45 PM 442: EVER/ARVO workshop: The breadcrumb trail in glaucoma: From biology to the patient Workshop The BAX activation mechanism (BAM) in damaged retinal ganglion cells: prospects for future intervention Robert Nickells Robert Nickells West 211
Date Time Type Poster Series Session Title Moderator(s) Location
April 28, 2019 08:00 AM – 09:45 AM Poster A0592 – A0617 14: Animal Imaging Gillian McLellan, Robert J. Zawadzki West Exhibition Hall
April 29, 2019 01:15 PM – 02:45 PM Workshop 260: Members-in-Training Career Forum: Preparing for your future career NOW! Colleen McDowell, Esther M.  Bowie West 211
April 29, 2019 04:00 PM – 05:45 PM Poster B0213 – B0249 292: Diabetic Retinopathy: Pathogenic Mechanisms Nader Sheibani West Exhibition Hall
May 1, 2019 12:15 PM – 01:45 PM Workshop Women in Eye and Vision Research Workshop: From Bench to Bedside and Back Terri Young West 211
May 1, 2019 03:00 PM – 04:45 PM Poster B0017 – B0048 368: Diabetic Retinopathy Imaging Amitha Domalpally, Toco Yuen Ping Chui West Exhibition Hall
Time Date Event Organization Activity Speaker/s Location
08:00AM – 02:00 PM April 27, 2019 Vision Quest The Foundation Fighting Blindness Presentation: Restoring Vision with Stem Cells (9:55 AM – 10:25 AM) David Gamm Stanley Park Pavilion
610 Pipeline Road
01:15 PM – 03:00 PM April 29, 2019 Luncheon Women in Eye and Vision Research Introduction Terri Young (Chair)
Name Position Organization
Amitha Domalpally Editorial Board Member Translational Vision Science and Technology (TVST) Journal
Kara Vogel Training Fellow ARVO Science Communication
Gillian McLellan Chair Elect ARVO Animals in Research Committee
Gillian McLellan ARVO Delegate Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International
Terri Young Chair Women in Eye and Vision Research
Terri Young Mentor Developing Country Eye Research Travel Fellowship
Terri Young Member ARVO Foundation Board of Trustees
Terri Young Editorial Board Member Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science Journal
Terri Young Editorial Board Member Experimental Eye Research

Presented by the UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences


Monice Vetter, PhDKeynote Speaker: MOnica Vetter, PhD – UNiversity of Utah – Chair of the Department of neurobiology and Anatomy

Dr. Vetter’s laboratory is focused on understanding the molecular pathways controlling neural development and degeneration in the retina. The retina is of critical importance since disorders of eye development can lead to congenital blindness, while degeneration of retinal neurons can cause progressive blindness at later ages.

Featured Speakers:

  • Michael G. Anderson, PhD, Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics; Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences within the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa
  • Amy Lee, PhD, Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Otolaryngology Head-Neck Surgery, and Neurology Assistant Dean for Research within the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa
  • Katie M. Litts, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow within the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute




8:00 – 8:20 AM   Breakfast and Registration 

8:20 – 8:30 AM   Chair’s Welcome: Terri Young, MD, MBA

Session I   Retina and the Visual Pathway // Moderator: Justin Gottlieb, MD

  • 8:30 – 8:50 AM Amy Lee, PhD // Cav1.4 Ca2+ Channels at the Photoreceptor Synapse
  • 8:50 – 9:10 AM Raunak Sinha, PhD // Diversity of Photoreceptor Signaling in Primate Retina
  • 9:10 – 9:30 AM Karen Schloss, PhD // The Role of Visual Reasoning in Visual Communication 
  • 9:30 – 9:50 AM Mrinalini Hoon, PhD // Development of Retinal Presynaptic Inhibitory Circuits 
  • 9:50 – 10.10 AM Krista Christensen, MPH, PhD // Macular Pigment and Low Luminance Vision in CAREDS

10:10 – 10:25 AM   Break

Session II  Glaucoma // Moderator: Gregg Heatley, MD, MMM

  • 10:25 – 10:45 AM  Michael Anderson, PhD // Using Quantitative Image Analysis to Empower Mouse studies of Glaucoma and Retinal Ganglion Cell Biology
  • 10:45 – 11:05 AM  Donna Peters, PhD // αVb3 Integrin Signaling Controls Intraocular Pressure
  • 11:05 – 11:25 AM  Colleen McDowell, PhD // TLR4 Signaling in The Human Trabecular Meshwork
  • 11:25 – 11:45 AM Gillian McLellan, BVMS, PhD, DACVO // Glaucomatous Optic Nerve Neuro-Inflammation and Degeneration
  • 11:45 – 12:00 PM Sri Meghana Konda, MBBS // Schlemm’s Canal Imaging, Pressure and Catheterization

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM   Buffet Lunch 

Session III  Ocular Pathologies // Moderator: Evan Warner, MD

  • 1:00 – 1:20 PM Katie Litts, PhD // Application of AOSLO Retinal Imaging in Achromatopsia 
  • 1:20 – 1:35 PM Kara Vogel, PhD // Vigabatrin: Synaptic Remodeling of Retinal Bipolar Cells
  • 1:35 – 1:50 PM Barbara Blodi, MD // Ellipsoid Zone Status and Its Association with Visual Acuity in Eyes with Macular Edema in SCORE 2
  • 1:50 – 2:10 PM Donna Neumann, PhD // The Link Between Ocular HSV-1 Recurrence and Chromatin Loops
  • 2:10 – 2:30 PM  Curtis Brandt, PhD // In Vitro Susceptibility of FHV-1 Field Strains to Ganciclovir

2:30 – 2:50 PM Break

2:50 – 3:50 PM   Keynote Speaker: Monica Vetter, PhD // Microglia: Dynamic Remodelers of the Developing Retina

3:50 – 4:00 PM   Closing Remarks: Terri Young, MD, MBA


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The 2019 Vision Research Symposium is supported by the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

George Kambara Education Fund and McPherson Eye Research Institute.

Free and open to the public, this community-centric event is modeled after the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health’s “Mini-Med School” programs. Our Spring 2019 Saving Sight Session will feature the leading research from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin. Please join us for this exciting discussion and light dinner.

   register here by april 1, 2019  

An Update on Diabetic Retinopathy: Diagnosis and Treatments


Justin L. Gottlieb, MD, is an ophthalmologist who sees patients in Madison, WI, and Rockford, IL, and has served as principal investigator for numerous clinical trials in diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and other retinal diseases. Dr. Gottlieb is principal investigator for the Madison site of the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR), and served as co-principal investigator for the landmark Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), which investigated the effect of antioxidant vitamins and zinc on macular degeneration and cataract.





  • 5:30-6:00PM – Registration and light dinner served (buffet style)
  • 6:00-7:00PM – Introduction >> Presentation >> Question/Answer Discussion


Free and open to the public, this community-centric event is modeled after the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health’s “Mini-Med School” programs. Our Spring 2019 Saving Sight Session will feature the leading research from Justin L. Gottlieb, MD, Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin. Please join us for this exciting discussion and light dinner.


   register here by april 1, 2019  



You are invited to the monthly research seminar in conjunction with the new Vision Research Training Grant:

  • Sarah Rempel, T32 Pre-Doctoral Trainee // Timothy Gomez Lab
    • Understanding Photoreceptor Axon Extension: A B it of a Stretch
  • Anna Shen, Senior Scientist // Christopher Bradfield Lab
    • The PPCD1 Mouse


  • Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Trainees
  • Anyone with an interest in vision research
  • All trainees supported by the Vision Research T32


Email for parking details and questions

We welcome David Antonetti, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology from Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan, as he presents:

Blood-Retinal Barrier Regulation in Diabetic Retinopathy: New Insight and Opportunities.” 


We hope you will join us for this exciting discussion. Please RSVP for the event by emailing Jenny Priebe:

About Dr. Antonetti’s Research:

Our long-term goal is to contribute to the development of novel treatments to prevent or reverse the debilitating loss of vision from diabetes. Our current research focuses on understanding how the blood-retinal barrier normally develops in the retina and how to restore normal barrier properties in diseases like diabetic retinopathy. This research has led our team to develop methods to regenerate normal retinal vascular function in models of diabetes. Ultimately, these studies may provide a path for the development of therapies to restore the blood-neural barrier in a variety of diseases including diabetic retinopathy or brain tumors.


Dr. Antonetti received his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology at The Penn State College of Medicine under the direction of Dr. Leonard Jim Jefferson and was a post-doctoral fellow in Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School under the direction of Dr. C. Ronald Kahn. Upon returning to Penn State, he was one of the first to bring high-level signal transduction expertise to the problem of diabetic retinopathy and the blood-retinal barrier. Over the last 20 years, he has become one of the world’s leading experts in mechanisms of vascular permeability in diabetic retinopathy, the role of the blood retinal barrier in normal physiology, and the molecular mechanisms that underlie angiogenesis and neovascularization. These efforts have allowed him to develop new experimental treatments that show promising pre-clinical results. He has received awards including the Jules Francois Prize for Young Investigator at Ophthalmologia Beligica, the Hinkle Society Mid-career Translational Research Award, and the Most Inspirational Teacher Award for graduate education at Penn State. He also holds the very prestigious Jules and Doris Stein Professorship from Research to Prevent Blindness. His work has been noted by presentations at key meetings such as the American Diabetes Association, the International Symposium of the Blood-Brain Barrier, Gordon Research Conferences, and the International Symposium on Signal Transduction at the Blood-Brain and Blood-Retina Barriers. Of particular note, his translational impact has been recognized by clinicians by his presentations at the American Uveitis Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the ARVO Vision Innovation and Venture forum, and the University of Pittsburgh, Washington University, and Trinity College in Dublin.



Residents and faculty present and discuss various case studies with the goal of improving clinical care practice.  Held weekly throughout the year, Grand Rounds offers continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for ophthalmologists and Continuing Education (CE) credit for optometrists.


Grand Rounds is canceled for Christmas and New Year’s and will resume on Friday, January 04, 2019.