This end of September, vision scientists and researchers from Harvard Medical School Harvard Ophthalmology /Mass. Eye and Ear (MEEI) came together to discuss the latest eye-research topics that ranges from novel biomarkers and vascular pathogenesis to inflammation. This workshop is to accelerate innovative eye research using NHP research and to eradicate blinding diseases.
MEEI is a global center for research and treatment, and a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. It has earned an international reputation for successful treatments of the most difficult diseases and conditions of the eye, ear, nose, throat, and for its outstanding contributions to medical research and education.
Specific to age-related eye diseases, Primed has established comprehensive characterization of ~1000 middle age/aged rhesus monkeys with clear pedigrees using fundus photography (FP) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging with complete data analysis/interpretation. Primed’s monkey with age-related eye diseases are potentially a powerful resource for eye disease research. We believe this valuable resource can be used not only to advance our understanding of the pathogenesis of age-related eye diseases, but to also accelerate the discovery of cures for blinding eye diseases-- age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, etc.
SPEAKERS of the Workshop Committee include:
Dong Feng Chen, M.D., Ph.D.
Sunil Chauhan, Ph.D
Meredith Gregory-Ksander, Ph.D.
Kip Connor, Ph.D.
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