If your interests are not easily defined by just one section, consider these cross-sectional platform sessions.
Sunday, May 7; 1:30 – 3pm
New tools and methodologies for ocular genetics: Promises and challenges
Genetics Cross-sectional Group
Organizers: Eranga Vithana, Zi-Bing Jin, Douglas B. Gould
Speakers: Chiea Chuen Khor, Stuart MacGregor, Eric A. Pierce, Carlo Rivolta, Anand Swaroop
Over the years, genomic research has relied on several technologies to uncover the genetic basis, functional aspects and genomic mysteries associated with many of the complex and Mendelian ocular diseases. Using examples of different ocular diseases, this session will detail some of the successes and challenges associated with some of the contemporary “omic” methods such as whole genome sequencing, RNAseq as well as bioinformatics/computational tools. The session will also cover systems biology approaches for integrating multiple data sets to elucidate gene regulatory or disease networks.
Monday, May 8; 1 – 2:30pm
Reading with low vision: What we know and need to know
Low Vision Cross-sectional Group
Organizers: Shirin E. Hassan, Russell Woods, Joanne Wood
Speakers: Vijaya K. Gothwal, MiYoung Kwon, Pradeep Ramulu, Gary Rubin
The ability to read is an integral task of daily life. People read for their work, for pleasure, for medication management and for managing their finances and personal mail to name just a few. Many patients with low vision experience difficulties with reading. In fact, the number one rehabilitation goal of patients presenting to a low vision clinic is to improve their ability to read. While previous research into reading has increased our understanding of the visual factors that affect reading, there are still important aspects about reading that remain to be addressed. Speakers will describe what low vision research has taught us about the factors that affect reading performance, novel strategies that aim to improve reading ability and new research that needs to be performed to address some of the key gaps in our understanding of reading in people with low vision.
Wednesday, May 10; 1 – 2:30pm
Advanced interpretation of structural retinal optical coherence tomography
Multidisciplinary Ophthalmic Imaging Cross-sectional Group
Organizers: Alfredo Dubra, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Yali Jia
Speakers: Donald C. Hood, David Garway-Heath, Donald Miller, Christine Curcio, Delia Cabrera
Structural optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the living retina is now a well-established diagnostic tool, although segmentation and interpretation of OCT data however, are still evolving. This session will cover some of the latest and most insightful studies on these topics that are so critical for disease diagnosing and management.