"Sight Restoration Through Stem Cell Therapy"
June 12-13

Co-chairmen: Dr. Michael Young and Dr. Gerald Chader



Morning: Stem Cell Basic Science 

Overview of Stem Cell Applications to the Eye. -  Dr. Pete Coffey                                               

 Safety and Ethical Considerations – Dr. Steven Schwartz

Stem Cell Sources – Dr. M. Valeria Canto-Soler      

What Can We learn From Retinal Development? – Dr. Sui Wang   

Mimicking Retinal Development and Disease with Stem Cells - Dr. David Gamm

Strategies for Photoreceptor Cell Regeneration - Dr. Tom Reh 


Afternoon: Stem Cell Clinical Applications


Corneal Diseases - Dr. Sheffer Tseng

Glaucoma - Dr. Don Zack 

Retinal Vascular Diseases: Diabetes and Retinal Vein Occlusion, - Dr. Susanna S. Park

Retinal Degeneration: Retinitis Pigmentosa - Dr. Michael Young

Stem Cell Therapies for Rare Retinal Degenerative Diseases - Dr. Anand Swaroop

Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration – Dr. Masayo Takahashi 

Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration - Dr. Amir Kashani 

Clinical Planning: Patients, Trials and Expectations – Dr. Samuel Jacobson   

The Final IOVS Report – Dr. Gerald Chader


Symposium Participants


1)    Canto-Soler, M. Valeria, Ph.D. Asst. Professor of Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Smith Bldg. 3023, 400 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21287. Email: mcantos1@jhmi.edu 

2)    Chader, Gerald J. Ph.D. Department of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Email: gchader02040@gmail.com 

3)    Coffey, Peter, Ph.D. Professor of Cellular Therapy & Visual Sciences, Director of the London Project to Cure Blindness, Institute of Ophthalmology, 11-43 bath St. London EC1V 9EL UK  Email: p.coffey@ucl.ac.uk and Professor, Neuroscience Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106. Email: peter.coffey@lifesci.ucsb.edu 

4)    Gamm, David M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Distinguished Director, McPherson Eye Research Institute;  Waisman Center Stem Cell Research Program, Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Ave. Room 621,University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53705. Email: dgamm@wisc.edu 

5)    Jacobson, Samuel G. M.D., Ph.D. Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Director, Center for Hereditary Retinal Degenerations and Retinal Function, Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 51 N. 39th St. Philadelphia, PA 19194. Email: jacobsos@mail.med.upenn.edu  

6)    Kashani, Amir, M.D. Asst. Professor of Ophthalmology, USC Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine, 1450 San Pablo St., Suite 4701, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Email: akashani@usc.edu  

7)    Park, Susanna S., M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of California Davis Eye Center, 4860 Y St. Suite 2400, Sacramento, CA Email: susanna.park@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu  

8)    Reh, Thomas A., Ph.D. Professor of Biological Structure, Director, Neurobiology & Behavior Program, University of Washington, Seattle, WA  98195. Email: tomreh@u.washington.edu 

9)    Schwartz, Steven D. M.D. Professor of Ophthalmology, Chief, Rerina Division, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA School of Medicine, 100 Stein Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Email: schwartz@jsei.ucla.edu

10)    Swaroop, Anand, Ph.D., Chief, Neurobiology, Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory  N-NRL, Building 6, National Eye Institute, 6 Center Dr. MSC0610, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892. Email: swaroopa@nei.nih.gov  

11) Takahashi, Masayo, Ph.D. Professor, Laboratory for Retinal Degeneration, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Kobe, Hyogo, 650-0047, Japan. Email: retinalab@cdb.riken.jp 

12) Tseng, Scheffer C.G., M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director, Ocular Surface Center, Research Director of Ocular Surface Foundation; Director of Research & Development of Tissue Tech, Inc. Director of Research and Development of Bio-Lipid, Inc. 7000 SW97th Ave. Suite 213, Miami, FL 33173. Email: stseng@ocularsurface.com 

13) Wang, Sui, Ph.D., Dept. of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115. Email: wangsui1015@gmail.com.

14) Young, Michael, PhD. Associate Professor of Opthalmology, Director, Ocular Regenerative Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.  Email: michael_young@meei.harvard.edu

15) Zack, Donald, M.D. Professor, Wilmer Eye Institute, Room 809, Maumenee Bldg., Johns Hopkins Medical School, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, MD 21287. Email: dzack@jhmi.edu  


Others Attendees:

1)    Mr. Bob Drabkin

2)    Mr. Howard Dicker

3)    Dr. Bronwyn Bateman

4)    Dr. Jack Hetherington

5)    Dr. Joseph Caprioli