ISER/BrightFocus 2017 Glaucoma Symposium

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Text: Basic Science Catalyzing Treatments for Glaucoma, October 5 - 8 , 2017. Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, Georgia.

This symposium brought together leaders in the field of glaucoma to discuss the molecular mechanisms that underlie pathology in glaucoma, serving to catalyze novel treatment strategies. The symposium employed a Gordon Conference format, anticipating that the intimate setting encouraged informal interaction and offered ample opportunity to refresh or form new collaborations, develop novel hypotheses, and make new friends.

All platform talks were programmed from submitted abstracts, except for our 6 invited keynote speakers

Co-Chairs, Symposium Organization Committee

W. Daniel Stamer, PhD
C. Ross Ethier, PhD
Robert W. Nickells, PhD

Chair, Exhibits/Sponsorship Committee

Abbot F. Clark, PhD

Co‐Chairs, Glaucoma Fast Track Workshop Committee

John C. Morrison, MD
Mary Wirtz, PhD

Chair, Travel Grant Review Committee

Monica Vetter, PhD


Keynote Speakers

Balwantray Chauhan, PhD
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Dalhousie University
Title: “Imaging Retinal Ganglion Cells”

Leopold Schmetterer, PhD
Department of Ophthalmology
Singapore Eye Research Institute
Title: “Glaucoma imaging – what we see and what we want to see”

Ernst Tamm, MD
Institute of Anatomy
University of Regensburg
Title: “Aqueous humor outflow and beyond – failure of molecular homeostasis in glaucoma”

Donald Zack, MD, PhD
Wilmer Eye Institute
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Title: “High content screening approaches to identify novel neuroprotective agents for glaucoma”

Janey Wiggs, MD, PhD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Harvard Medical School
Title: “Primary open angle glaucoma genetics: insights into a complex disease”

Susan E Quaggin, MD
Department of Medicine (Nephrology)
Northwestern University
Title: “High ‘TEK’ solutions for glaucoma”

Featured Topics

  • Cell Death
  • Cell Biology-Novel Aspects
  • Cytoskeletal And Contractile Mechanisms
  • Extracellular Matrix In Glaucoma
  • Growth Factors
  • Innovations In Glaucoma Imaging
  • Mechanotransduction And Beyond
  • Mechanical Factors In Glaucoma
  • New And Old Molecules
  • Protective Mechanisms
  • Regeneration
  • Regulatory Pathways
  • Role Of Glia In Glaucoma
A scientist looking into a microscope in his lab. The text says: Glaucoma Fast Track, October 5, 2017.

Please note there was a satellite workshop on October 5, 2017, called Glaucoma Fast Track, which prepared attendees for the ISER/BrightFocus 2017 Glaucoma Symposium. This workshop offered graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty an immersive environment to learn and discuss some of the latest trends in glaucoma research through close interaction with established leaders in the field.