Cross-sectional Group Sessions

If your interests are not easily defined by just one section, consider these Cross-sectional platform sessions.

Sunday, April 28  

The effects of mesopic light levels on vision and functional activities – LV
Organizers: Joanne Wood, Nicole Ross and Walter Wittich
Speakers: Aaron Johnson, Cynthia Owsley, Lauren Ayton, Ava Bittner and Bonnielin Swenor

This session will include an overview of how mesopic light levels affect visual processing. In addition, it will include a presentation on measures of Patient Reported Outcomes, visual function, and mobility and falls under low light levels for patients with and without eye disease.

Monday, April 29

Advances in vascular and functional imaging - MOI
Organizers: Yali Jia, Stacey S. Choi and Kevin Chan
Speakers: Ruikang Wang, Hao Zhang, Yali Jia, James G. Fujimoto and Marinko Sarunic 

New advances in OCT, such as OCT angiography, OCT oximetry and employment of adaptive optics, have been demonstrated in both clinical and research studies of ocular vascular and functional imaging. This is a rapidly evolving area that could have a significant impact on ophthalmic research and clinical studies. This MOI session provides the most updated information on advancement of functional OCT imaging for ocular circulation and discusses current limitations and future directions.

Wednesday, May 1

Spotlight on retinal ciliopathy from genetics to mechanism - GEN
Organizers: Zi-Bing Jin, Yutao Liu and Susanne Roosing
Speakers: Ronald Roepman, Erica Davis, Robert Molday and Anand Swaroop

Cilia are microtubule-based structures in almost all vertebrate cells and are very important for transduction of diverse biological signals, esp. in sensory organs, brain and kidney, etc. Given the pivotal role of the sensory cilium in transducing key signals in the highly metabolic photoreceptor, dissection of the biological mechanisms and clinical relevance in diverse retinal ciliopathies is becoming urgently important. So far, ciliopathies and related genetic mutations have been defined in many forms of retinal degenerations.  This session will cover the latest advancements in the field of genetic ciliopathies in retina from genetics to mechanisms, and discuss a future framework for investigating genetic, networks associated with photoreceptor cilia biogenesis and pathology.