8/4/2017 8:30am Midwest Eye Research Symposium

An annual meeting designed to provide a regional forum for scientists in vision related fields to present their findings and to facilitate opportunities to develop professional contacts.

Keynote Speaker/Session Chairs

Timothy Kern, Ph.D. - Keynote Speaker 
Dr. Kern is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology and the director of the Center for Diabetes Research at Case Western Reserve University. His research aims to understand the causes of diabetic retinopathy and to find ways to prevent the disease. A particular focus of his research has been the interactive relationship between photoreceptor cells and the vasculature in the retina. His work has resulted in almost 200 peer-reviewed publications and the Dr. Kern serves on numerous advisory boards as well as NIH study sections.

Shiming Chen, Ph.D. - Chair, Session I 
Dr. Chen is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and of Developmental Biology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The main focus of her research is on transcriptional control during photoreceptor cell development. Her lab studies transcription factors as well as epigenetic mechanisms that are important in the cells.

Denise Inman, Ph.D. - Chair, Session II
Dr. Inman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Northeast Ohio Medical University. As a neurobiologist, she has been investigating the cellular events that accompany retinal ganglion cell death in glaucoma. In particular, she has been interested in the contribution of metabolic vulnerability and decreased energy capacity in retinal ganglion cell axons.

Arlene Drack, M.D. - Chair, Session III
Dr. Drack is an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and the Ronald V. Keech Professor for Ophthalmic Genetics. Her laboratory research focuses on the causes of pediatric genetic eye disorders. She is also actively involved in the development of treatments and cures for genetic vision loss.

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Location: University of Iowa Medical Education and Research Facility University of Iowa Medical Education and Research Facility

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