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7th Annual Bench to Bedside Symposium



This free, one-day symposium will focus on exciting advances in translational research. The event will bring together all those who are interested in applying state-of-the-art methodologies to human diseases – from undergraduate students to full-time professors, and experts in private industry.

Topics include:
-  New approaches for Diagnosis and Treatments of Diseases
-  Microbiome and Eye Diseases
-  iPSC and Stem Cell Models for Eye Diseases
-  COVID-19 Update

Speakers include:
-  Sophie Deng, MD, PhD; UCLA Stein Eye Institute
-  Steven Dowdy, PhD; UCSD School of Medicine
-  Deborah Ferrington, PhD; University of Minnesota
-  Terry Gaasterland, PhD; University of San Diego and Scripps Institute of Oceanography
-  Maria Grant, MD, FARVO; University of Alabama at Birmingham
-  Milad Riazifar, PhD; Entelexo, Inc.
-  Sheldon Rowan, PhD; Tufts Medical School


Saturday, September 18, 2021
9:00 am – 2:30 pm PST


Virtual Event. Livestream on 9/18 at 9 a.m. PT, no registration required to view livestream. Event will be pre-recorded and available for viewing after event


Registration fees have been waived


Time PT Session Presenter
9:00-9:05 am  Welcome Baruch D. Kuppermann, MD, PhD
Session #1: New Approaches for Diagnosis and Treatments of Disease
9:05-9:07 am Moderator Andrew Browne, MD, PhD
9:07-9:37 am Understanding POAG through Genomics and Transcriptomics Terry Gaasterland, PhD
9:40-10:10 am Femtosecond Laser Trabeculotomy for Non-Invasive Treatment for Glaucoma Tibor Juhasz, PhD
10:10-10:20 am Question and Answer Session
10:22-10:52 am Developing a Pre-Emptive Universal Pan-Coronavirus Vaccine Lbachir BenMohamed, Phd
10:55-11:25 am Towards a Gene-independent Therapy to Prevent Retinal Degeneration Vladimir Kefalov, PhD
11:28-11:58 am

Deliverying RNA Therapeutics: Tackling a Billion Years of Evolutionary Defenses with New Chemistry

Steven F. Dowdy, PhD
12:00-12:10 pm Question and Answer Session
12:10-12:40 pm LUNCH
Session #2: Microbiome and Eye Diseases
12:40-12:42 pm Moderator Sanjay Kedhar, MD
12:42-1:12 pm The Gut and Eye Axis Maria Grant, MD
1:14-1:44 pm Gut Microbiota and Risk for Age-related Macular Degeneration Sheldon Rowan, PhD
1:44-1:54 pm Question and Answer Session
Sessions #3: iPSC and Stem Cell Models for Eye Diseases
1:54-1:56 pm Moderator Marjan Farid, MD
1:56-2:26 pm Development of a Limbal Stem Cell Therapy Sophie Deng, MD, PhD
2:27-2:45 pm Question and Answer Session