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<p>The second annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute Vision Research Symposium will be Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in the Spitzberg Conference Room at the new $20 million building dedicated to research advancements, education and clinical care.</p>

Glick Eye Institute Sponsors Second Annual Vision Research Symposium


The Glick Eye Institute will be dedicated in a formal campus ceremony to include IU President Michael McRobbie at 3 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Campus Center on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. The Vision Research Symposium will take place prior to the dedication, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the new eye institute, 1160 W. Michigan St. (

This year’s symposium will feature the first Marilyn Glick Lecture to be given by Robert N. Weinreb, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology and chair, Department of Ophthalmology, at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Weinreb also is director of the Hamilton Glaucoma Center in La Jolla, Calif., and a leading expert on glaucoma.

The symposium will give researchers and scientists from across Indiana an opportunity to meet and discuss their current projects that involve the eye, vision or have vision-related components.

Last year’s inaugural Vision Research Symposium featured 16 scientific presentations on topics including disease detection, glaucoma and retinal blood flow and showcased 13 research posters on topics including corneal innervation, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma testing. Similar topics in vision-related research are expected for this year’s event.

“While many departments hold events during the April research month, we believe offering our symposium on the day of our Glick Eye Institute dedication is a nod to the research we will accomplish in our new building,” said Louis B. Cantor, M.D., chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology.  He noted that research space will be tripled in the Glick Eye Institute, giving the department’s expanding research faculty state-of-the-art facilities.

“We are honored to have Dr. Weinreb accept our offer to provide the keynote presentation at our Vision Research Symposium,” said Alon Harris, M.S., Ph.D., FARVO, director of Clinical Research at the Glick Eye Institute. Among Dr. Weinreb’s accomplishments are serving as president of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (2002-2003), former president of the World Glaucoma Association (2004-2006) and former president of the American Glaucoma Society (2007-2009).

Dr. Harris and Dr. Weinreb are the co-authors of the World Glaucoma Association’s Consensus Series 6, “Ocular Blood Flow in Glaucoma,” published in 2009. The goal of the consensus was to establish a foundation for ocular blood flow research in glaucoma and to identify the best practices for testing in clinical practice.

Dr. Weinreb is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He has authored more than 1,200 scientific publications and 19 books and has delivered more than 60 named lectures. He will deliver the symposium’s first Marilyn Glick Lecture.

Last year’s first symposium attracted 65 researchers interested in vision and vision research, and offered ample opportunities to discuss projects of mutual interest, Dr. Cantor said.

“Often, researchers from a variety of disciplines are conducting vision-related research, yet many are unaware of parallel or related research. It benefits all of us to meet and discuss the research we are conducting, learn from each other, and to determine if there are opportunities for collaboration,” Dr. Cantor said.

Submissions will be accepted until July 1, 2011. Participants will be notified if their abstract has been selected for presentation or for a poster session by July 15, 2011. For more information about the symposium, call Vicki Hermansen (317) 274-7517 or email


WHAT:          Second annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute Vision Research  Symposium

WHEN:          Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:        Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, 1160 W. Michigan St.

                    Spitzberg Conference Room, first floor


REGISTER:      Registration is free. For more information, visit