Research was once again at the forefront of Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry.
The Monroe J. Hirsch Symposium on Thursday morning was titled, "Gene Therapy for Ocular and Neurologic Disorders." Contemporary issues in gene therapy were discussed including Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, animal models of glaucoma, and Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. Speakers included Drs Stephen Russell, Abbott Clark, and Byron Lam.
Also on Thursday morning, the Scientific Program Committee held four "Hot Topic" paper sessions. These one-hour programs highlighted the latest discoveries and research in the topics of pediatrics and binocular vision, glaucoma, anterior segment, and artificial intelligence. 19 additional paper sessions were held throughout the conference. Of these, 3 Super Sessions which are a combination of paper and poster presentations, were featured on the topics of glaucoma, myopia and contact lens. New this year was a special CITT-ART session with the data being presented for general audience consumption for the first time.
Overall, the Scientific Program Committee received 791 abstracts this year, and accepted 596 of them. Of those 475 were posters presented and 121 papers. The poster sessions were very well attended once again, with sessions featured on Thursday evening, two on Friday and the final on Sunday in conjunction with the 3rd World Congress of Optometry.
2019 Best Student Scientific Presentation
The Academy Board of Directors and the Scientific Program Committee gave special recognition to Sudan Puri, OD from the University of Houston. Dr. Puri's paper was titled, "Contribution of limbus and central corneal epithelial cells in corneal wound healing." The presentation was co-authored by Mingxia Sun, Kazadi N. Mutoji, and Vivien J. Coulson-Thomas.