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Stem cells in ophthalmology

On-demand course with live panel: Members-in-Training ($49); Members ($79); Nonmembers ($109.00)

Schedule:

• Jan. 12 — on-demand content available
• Jan. 15 — registration closes for course with live panels 
• Jan. 20, 6-7pm EST — discussion session (option 1)
• Jan. 21, 5-6am EST — discussion session (option 2)
• Jan. 25- on-demand course with discussion recordings available for purchase.

Registration for the live course is now closed. Please check back for the on-demand version, to be available on January 25th. 

Effective application of stem cells in research, drug/cell therapy development, and clinical practice require an understanding of the capacities, complexities and potential of different stem cell types relative to the biology of the eye and eye diseases. This course will clarify the current and future utility of stem cells in ophthalmology by defining key stem cell terminologies, concepts and applications that relate to the cornea, lens and retina, including through the use of historical and contemporary examples.

This course includes on-demand presentations with a live panel discussion. Choose between two time zones for the panel discussion.

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize key terminologies, features and functions of stem cells relevant to each particular eye tissue.
  • Describe and provide examples of how stem cells are being used to define normal and disease biology.
  • Describe and provide examples of how stem cells are being used for discovery and development of novel drug treatments.
  • Describe and provide examples of how stem cells are being used for development of new cell-based therapies.
  • Evaluate key regulatory and ethical considerations relating to clinical translation of stem cell technologies.

A Certificate of Attendance will be provided to all attendees.

Speakers and Presentations

image of Stephanie Watson Patient reported outcomes measurement in routine clinical practice — A Save Sight Keratoconus Registry experience
Stephanie Watson, MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO
Save Sight Institute
Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney


image of ARVO Eye Animal stem cell models of ocular surface disease
Nick Di Girolamo, PhD
Professor and Director, Ocular Diseases Research Unit
Head, Mechanisms of Disease and Translational Research
School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney

image of Stephanie Watson Ocular surface stem cell transplantation - Efficacy and safety of ocular surface stem cell transplantation
Stephanie Watson, MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO
Save Sight Institute
Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney


image of Michael O’Connoer Lens regeneration approaches for presbyopia
Michael O’Connor, PhD
Assoc. Professor, School of Medicine
Head, Regenerative Medicine Laboratory
Translational Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University 

image of Robyn Jamieson Stem cells for disease modelling in the retinal dystrophies
Robyn Jamieson, MBBS(Hons) PhD, FRACP
Head, Eye Genetics Research Unit, Children’s Medical Research Institute
Head, Western Sydney Genetics Program
Clinical geneticist, Eye Genetics Clinics, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Westmead Hospital & Save Sight Institute
Professor and Head of the Discipline of Genomic Medicine, Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney 

image of Alice Pebay Modelling retinal pigment epithelium, photoreceptors and retinal ganglion cells using induced pluripotent stem cells
Alice Pébay, PhD
NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
Professor, Department of Surgery
Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne

image of ARVO Eye Clinical considerations relating to cell-based therapies for the retina
Alex Hewitt, PhD
Professor in Ophthalmology
Menzies Institute for Medical Research, The University of Tasmania


image of Megan Munsie Regulatory paradigms and ethical dilemmas
Megan Munsie, PhD
Professor, Ethics, Edu & Policy in Stem Cell Science
Deputy Director, Centre for Stem Cell Systems
Head - Engagement, Ethics & Policy Program, Stem Cells Australia
Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne