ARVO Alcon Keynote Session
Sunday, May 7
Mary-Claire King, PhD
University of Washington
The ARVO 2017 Opening Keynote speaker is Mary-Claire King, PhD, professor of medical genetics at the University of Washington. King has made numerous seminal contributions to genetics. During her doctoral training she found that humans and chimpanzees share 99% of their genome. She was the first to identify and name BRCA1, an inheritable gene associated with breast cancer. In addition to its breast cancer work, King’s lab is also currently pursuing de novo mutations that may cause schizophrenia and identifying the genetic causes of severe inherited disorders in Middle Eastern families. Kings presentation will be the first ARVO Opening Keynote delivered by a woman.
The 2017 Basic/Clinical Lecture will be presented from a clinical perspective to basic researchers.
Sunday, May 7; 5:15 – 7:15pm
Improving global eye health: Beating the odds for neglected and emerging diseases around the world
Contributing Sections/Groups: AP, CL, CO EY, GEN, GL, IM, LV, MOI
Organizers: Yeni Yucel, Timothy Corson, Shahar Frenkel
Speakers: Tin Aung, Paul Courtright, Brenda L. Gallie, Ivo Kocur, Hugh Taylor, Sheila West
Vision Diseases affecting eye health and vision constitute a global burden. However, successes in prevention, understanding, diagnosis, treatment and partnerships are needed to improve care for a number of neglected and emerging diseases. Presenting perspectives from five continents, this symposium will bring together diverse experts to describe the impact of key eye diseases on human health in networks of connected communities from local to global levels.
Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research Lecture
Sunday, May 7, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Jeremy Nathans, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
For almost thirty years, Jeremy Nathans, MD, PhD has been producing transformative breakthroughs in vision science at Johns Hopkins University, which earned him the prestigious 2016 Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research. The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation award will help Nathan's lab further their research using molecular genetic approaches to study the development of mammalian retina and embryo. Read more about Nathan's award-winning research in the latest issue of ARVONews.
ARVO/Champalimaud Vision Award Lecture
Tuesday, May 9, 5:45 – 7pm
2016 Awardees John Flanagan, Christine Holt, Carol Mason and Carla Shatz
The work of the four awardees has shone light on the connection between the two fundamental organs responsible for vision — the eye and the brain — and their ground-breaking work has greatly advanced the understanding of the visual system. The Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award winners are selected because they are leaders in contributing to high-impact overall vision research. The 2016 awardees were the subject of a recent ARVONews article.
Closing Keynote Session
Thursday, May 11, 2:15 - 3:30pm
More details to be announced.