ARVO/Alcon Keynote Series


ARVO/Alcon Keynote Series

The 2020 opening ARVO/Alcon Keynote Lecture will provide Annual Meeting attendees a chance to hear about how scientists are researching the role of the microbiota in promoting immunity to infection, both in the gastrointestinal tract and on the skin

Opening Keynote: Sunday, May 3

10:15 – 11:45am
Role of the microbiota in immunity and inflammation

Yasmine Belkaid, PhDYasmine Belkaid, PhD
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Director NIAID Microbiome program
Co-Director NIH Center for Human Immunology
Chief Metaorganism Immunology Section
Deputy Chief Laboratory of Immune System Biology

Dr. Belkaid is a senior investigator and chief of the Mucosal Immunology Section in the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). She is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and  Medicine. 

Her work explores the fine balance that exists between microbes and their hosts. Dr. Belkaid’s lab studies the mechanisms controlling host microbe interactions at barrier sites such as skin and the gut. These two sites represent the first portal of pathogen exposure and are major anatomical sites for development of inflammatory disorders. 

For the closing Keynote this year, we are pleased to present a panel discussion with a moderator and four experts in the implementation of cell-based therapies for the treatment of ocular disease.

Closing Keynote Panel: Thursday, May 7

2:30 – 4pm
Cell-based therapies for eye disease

Susan L. Solomon, JD
Chief Executive Officer
New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute


Kapil Bharti, PhD
National Eye Institute


Shigeru Kinoshita, MD, PhD, FARVO
Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine

Paul Sieving, PhD, FARVO
Center for Ocular Regenerative Therapy
University of California, Davis

Masayo Takahashi, MD, PhD, FARVO
Center for Developmental Biology RIKEN

Donald Zack, MD, PhD, FARVO
Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute

Kapil Bharti, PhD Shigeru Kinoshita, MD, PhD, FARVO Paul Sieving, PhD, FARVO Masayo Takahashi, MD, PhD, FARVO Donald Zack, MD, PhD, FARVO

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The ARVO/Alcon Keynote Series is sponsored by the ARVO Foundation through the generous support of Alcon.