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UPMC Eye Center Faculty Present at ARVO 2016

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology’s (ARVO) Annual Meeting is taking place in Seattle from May 1-5, 2016. A number of UPMC Eye Center faculty members will be presenting, including:

May 1, 2016
1:30 pm Morgan Fedorchak, PhD,  Development of a semi-permanent, controlled release antibiotic eye drop

May 2, 2016
11:30 am James Funderburgh, PhDCorneal stromal tissue regeneration by stromal-derived stem cells

May 3, 2016
3:45 pm Jeff Gross, PhDTet2 and Tet3 methylcytosine dioxygenases are required for retinal neurogenesis during zebrafish eye development

3:45 pm Larry Kagemann, PhDSchlemm Canal (SC) response to elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) varies with morphologic phenotype

For a list of additional posters and presentations by UPMC Eye Center faculty members, click here.

For  a full list of presentations, please view the ARVO program.

The UPMC Pituitary Center

The UPMC Pituitary Center is an innovative program that offers a comprehensive team approach to treat pituitary and skull base tumors.

A team of experts, including neurosurgeons, ophthalmologists, endocrinologists, and radiologists, are available to provide consultations and testing for patients, all within the same day, allowing for a truly integrated and convenient approach to patient care.

Contact Us
For more information on the UPMC Pituitary Center, call 412-647-3685 or visit UPMC.com/Neurosurgery.

American Academy of Ophthalmology 2015 Conference

The American Academy of Ophthalmology 2015 Annual Meeting will take place November 14-17 in Las Vegas. A number of UPMC Eye Center faculty members will be presenting, including:

November 14, 2015
11:28 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. Ken Nischal, MD, FRCOphth Surgical Surprises – The Morning After
11:35 – 11:50 am Gabrielle Bonhomme, MD It Hurts When I talk and this Cough won’t go Away

November 15, 2015
12:30 – 2:00 pm Gabrielle Bonhomme, MD; Tarek Shazly, MD A Novel Compact Wireless High – Resolution Eye & Head Tracking Technique
2:00 – 4:15 pm Nils Loewen, MD, PhD Ab Interno Approach to the Schlemm Canal
3:15 – 5:30 pm Joel Schuman, MD, FACS Glaucoma Laser Therapy: Innovations & Advice from the Experts
4:30 – 5:30 pm Ken Nischal, MD, FRCOphth Surgical Caveats for Pediatric Cataract Surgery

November 16, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 am Ken Nischal, MD, FRCOphth Paradigm Shift in Neonatal Corneal Opacification Nomenclature
10:15 – 12:30 pm Joel Schuman, MD, FACS Evidence-Based Guidelines in the Management of Glaucoma
12:30 – 1:30 pm Joel Schuman, MD, FACS Using OCT in Glaucoma Management
1:00 – 2:30 pm Nils Loewen, MD, PhD Ab Interno Approach to the Schlemm Canal
2:00 – 4:15 pm Joel Schuman, MD, FACS Optical Coherence Tomography: Basics and Beyond
2:00 – 3:00 pm Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD; Alex Mammen, MD; Ladan Espandar, MD; Joseph Martel, MD; Regis Kowalski, PhD Pearls for Pragmatic Microbiology in your 21st-Century Ophthalmology Practice
2:14 – 2:22 pm Ann Shue Grand Rounds – Infected, Inflamed, Under Pressure?
3:30 – 4:45 pm Ken Nischal, MD, FRCOphth The Great Debate: Pediatric Ophthalmology

For a full list of presenters, please view the AAO program.

2016 Albert C. Muse Prize for Excellence in Ophthalmology

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Albert C. Muse Prize for Excellence in Ophthalmology.

The Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh and the UPMC Eye Center invite you to submit a nomination for the 2016 Albert C. Muse Prize in Ophthalmology.

The Albert C. Muse Prize was established in 2001 by the Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh to honor world leaders in the fields of ophthalmology and otolaryngology. The Prize, which alternates annually between the two fields, carries a cash award of $5,000, and recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and medicine in the specialties.

The 2016 Albert C. Muse Prize in Ophthalmology is open to people responsible for extraordinary advances in ophthalmology and vision science. For more information, including nomination form and submission information, visit EyeandEar.org.

The deadline for nominations is January 13, 2016.

Temporal iridotomies may minimize visual side effects

In the June issue of Ocular Surgery News, Ian Conner, MD, PhD, discussed laser peripheral iridotomies. Dr. Conner discusses highlights of the article below. To read the full article, click here.

What do the research studies say about the position of laser peripheral iridotomies?

What position for the procedure does the UPMC Eye Center advocate?


What should ophthalmologists be mindful of while performing temporal iridotomy?

How can patency post-temporal iridotomy be confirmed?

To ask questions of Dr. Conner, email EyeCenter@upmc.edu


Genetics of congenital corneal opacification affect diagnosis and treatment

In the May issue of Ocular Surgery News, Ken Nischal, MD, FRCOphth, provides an overview of a novel classification foe neonatal corneal opacification.

The full article is available here. 

What is the new classification for neonatal corneal opacification?

How does this classification allow for better phenotype and genotype correlation?

What evidence exists to support Peter’s anomaly 1 or 2 being a sign and not a diagnosis?

Why is it important to understand the child’s global development when making decisions regarding corneal transplant?

To ask questions of Dr. Nischal, please email EyeCenter@upmc.edu


UPMC Eye Center at ARVO 2015

The annual Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) conference begins next Sunday, May 3 in Denver.  ARVO is the leading conference for eye and vision research and this year the UPMC Eye Center, the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh, has over 21 faculty members and 33 trainees taking part in the conference. There are more than 40 presentations as well from the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh.

Presentations from our researchers and faculty will highlight multiple areas of eye research including, regenerative ophthalmology (stem cell, small molecule, gene therapy, integrated bioengineered scaffolds and prostheses, etc.), optical imaging, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics and more.

A list of our faculty presentations is available here.  The full list of ARVO presentations can be found here. 

News You Can Use: More studies comparing placement sites of tube shunts needed

In the April issue of Ocular Surgery News, Julia Polat, MD, discusses trabeculectomy and tube shunt implantation.

What has been the history of trabeculectomy versus tube shunt implantation?

What are the main issues with conventional tube shunt placement?

What are the main concerns with combined pars plana victrectomy and pars plana insertion?

Why has the ciliary sulcus placement of tube shunts gained attention recently?

The full article is available here. 

Management of ROP continues to evolve

In the March edition of Ocular Surgery News, Christin Sylvester, DO,  discussed the use of bevacizumab in the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity . The full article is available here. 

1. What are the treatment modalities to decrease the progression of ROP?

2. Why is the BEAT-ROP study important and what were the results?

3. What other major research has contributed to the treatment of ROP? (Hu and Chen)

4. What questions should future research aim to answer?

To ask questions of Dr. Sylvester or for more information, email EyeCenter@upmc.edu

Physician Presents Refresher on Retinopathy of Prematurity

In the February issue of Ocular Surgery News, Christin Sylvester, DO, discusses retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). The full article is available online. 

Who is most at risk for developing retinopathy of prematurity?

What are the two phases of ROP?

What are the five stages?

What are the treatment options?

To ask questions of Dr. Sylvester, email her at EyeCenter@upmc.edu.

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