Advance Program

(all times are EST)

Wednesday, Feb. 2:

9:30 - 10:30am — Opening Keynote

Communicate with the Cross-cultural Advantage
Tina Varughese, Cross-Cultural Communication and Diversity Expert 


10:40 - 11:30am — Lightning talks

Reflecting on your own cultural identity
Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, MD, MSPH, MBA

Unique challenges for women in science
Tonia Rex, PhD, FARVO

The intersection of inclusion and the changing culture of science
Sunny E. Ohia, PhD, FARVO

Developing a diverse and global workforce
Janey L. Wiggs, MD, PhD, FARVO


11:40am - 12:40pm — Panel: Empowering the clinician-scientist

The clinician-scientist in vision research – what roles do I play for scientists and the public?
Jacque L. Duncan, MD, FARVO

Developing (and redeveloping) a research question – an iterative skill
Alastair Denniston, MA, MRCP, FRCOphth, PhD

From a clinician-scientist to a clinician-leader
Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD, FARVO


11:40am - 12:40pm — Panel: Empowering the basic scientist

Transition to PI, running an independent lab
Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD

Collaboration - moving to translational research
Miguel C. Seabra, MD, PhD

Bench to Bedside
Kapil Bharti, PhD


12:50 - 1:50pm — Expert Sessions


2 - 3pm — Resume Review sessions 

(All slots are filled for resume review. Registration is now closed.)

Thursday, Feb. 3

7:45 -8:45am — Resume Review sessions 

(All slots are filled for resume review. Registration is now closed.)

8:50 - 9:50am — Expert Sessions


10am - 11:30am — Workshop: Diversity, equity, and inclusion in vision science, ophthalmology, and optometry

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in eye and vision science
Michael F. Chiang, MD

Recognizing and tackling implicit biases
Lucy E. Kehinde PhD, OD, FAAO

Mentoring in the laboratory – social identity and opportunities for all
Terri L. Young, MD, MBA, FARVO

Negotiating and managing conflict
Renu Kowluru, PhD, FARVO


11:40am - 12:30pm — Lightning talks

Avoiding burnout - maintain motivation
Peter Shah, FRCOphth 

Well-being, Balance
Ruchika Batra, MBBS, FRCOphth

Crisis Management
Maj Gen (retd) Nick Caplin, CB

Your Brain on Change: Thrive in rapid change and uncertainty
Lisa Bélanger, PhD


12:40 - 1:15pm — Closing Keynote

Great Minds Think Differently
Marie A Bernard, MD

*Program is subject to change

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