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Fourth annual Glick Eye Institute Vision Research Symposium set for Oct. 25


INDIANAPOLIS — The fourth annual Vision Research Symposium held by the Department of Ophthalmology at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25.

The keynote speaker will be Colm O’Brien, M.D., of University College Dublin in Ireland. Dr. O’Brien is the lead clinician in the Department of Ophthalmology at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, a teaching hospital in the north inner city of Dublin. He is a member of the Glaucoma Program Committee of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and has served on multiple boards and committees for ophthalmology and glaucoma associations.

Dr. O’Brien’s research interests include matrix (differential gene expression) and vascular (endothelial dysfunction) biology in glaucoma; health services research; retinal ganglion cell apoptosis; phenotyping/genotyping of glaucoma patients; and proteomics of pseudo-exfoliation glaucoma.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. O’Brien present the keynote lecture at our fourth symposium,” said symposium director Alon Harris, M.S., Ph.D., director of clinical research at the Glick Eye Institute. “Dr. O’Brien is at the forefront of research involving cellular and gene functionality in glaucoma, and it is an honor to have his participation in this important meeting.”

This year the symposium returns to a one-day research format. While the agenda has not been set, all presentations will take place in Spitzberg Hall at the Glick Eye Institute, 1160 W. Michigan St. The day will begin with a continental breakfast and registration at 7:30 a.m. and is expected to conclude by 5 p.m.

“As is years past, we will again seek abstracts for oral presentation or poster presentations at the symposium,” Dr. Harris said. “We will select speakers based the abstracts submitted. Abstracts not selected for presentation will be included in poster sessions that will be held concurrently with the symposium.”

The cost to attend will be:

  • $50 for M.D./O.D./D.O./Ph.D. participants
  • $35 for postdoctoral participants
  • Free for students, residents, fellows and staff

Meals (breakfast, lunch and break service) will be provided along with conference materials. Continuing medical education credits will not be provided for this symposium. Information on uploading abstracts, due Friday, Sept. 20, and registration is available on the symposium Web page.

“This scientific program allows researchers to discuss their work while learning about potential collaborations and parallel investigations that involve the eye, vision or vision-related components,” Dr. Harris said. “This meeting, now in its fourth year, benefits all researchers as we can learn from each other while seeking opportunities to collaborate in this increasingly competitive grant environment.”