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October 11-14, 2017
April 24, 2017
ACADEMY 2017 CHICAGO PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
The American Academy of Optometry is pleased to announce highlights of the educational program for Academy 2017 Chicago, taking place October 11-14, 2017 at McCormick Place.
OUTSTANDING PLENARY PLANNED
This year at 10 AM - 12 Noon on Wednesday, October 11, be sure to attend the Plenary Session, "Today's Research, Tomorrow's Practice®: The Eye as a Mirror of the Brain," where leading researchers will present their thinking on the role of the retina in brain diseases such as Parkinson's Alzheimer's, and multiple sclerosis. Speakers will include Dr. Robert Sergott of the Wills Eye Hospital, Dr. Christopher Hudson from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, and Dr. Marina Bedny of John Hopkins University
OTHER EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS
The Monroe J. Hirsch Symposium, “Precision Medicine and the Future of Eye Care,” will be held on Thursday, October 12 from 8 AM to 10 AM. How would treatment change if doctors had better, more specific information about an individual patient's risk for disease? A new program of the National Institutes of Health, entitled the Precision Medicine Initiative, will enroll one million volunteers beginning in 2017 and is intended to fundamentally change our approach to patient care. The Hirsch symposium will explore the developments that have led to this initiative and what it may mean for the future treatment and prevention of eye disease.
In addition, more than 270 hours of lectures and workshops have been scheduled, offering attendees up to 33 hours of CE. Attendees can also choose to attend hundreds of Scientific Program papers and posters, as well as several exciting social events. Registration and housing open on Monday, April 24, 2017! More detailed meeting information will be available soon.
THE NATIONAL EYE INSTITUTE 3-D RETINA ORGANOID CHALLENGE
The National Eye Institute is sponsoring a challenge to spur development of a robust 3-D retina organoid system for modeling retina diseases and testing new therapies. The goal of this challenge is to galvanize cross-discipline collaborations to encourage transformational advances that will result in meaningful therapies. The NEI hopes to converge efforts across fields to eliminate limitations in current organoid protocols and accelerate development of a model that recapitulates human tissue.
The winner will receive up to $1 million dollars in prizes, access to diverse research expertise and collaboration opportunities, recognition within and outside the research community as well as exposure to industry partners.
Register for an informational webinar discussing state of the science and challenge goals, structure, and timeline on March 29, 12-1 PM ET.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPTOMETRY FOUNDATION NEWS
2016 American Optometric Foundation Annual Report Now Available