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Biology and Pathobiology of the Cornea (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Future Directions of Corneal Research
Note: This conference is currently known as "Cornea and Ocular Surface Biology and Pathology (GRS)".


February 15-16, 2014


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA


Vivien J. Coulson-Thomas

Associate Chair:
Terry G. Coursey

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Biology & Pathobiology of the Cornea is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, early-career scientists and young faculty with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to highlight the current trends in the ocular surface field emphasizing the new directions of corneal research providing an excellent setting for presenting and discussing cutting edge research on tissue/organ development and engineering, tissue regeneration and repair, stem/progenitor cell regulation, inflammation, nervous system development, as well as future therapeutics. The meeting also includes a technical session on How to write a successful competitive grant.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Biology and Pathobiology of the Cornea" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmFuture Directions of Corneal Research
Discussion Leaders: James V. Jester (University of California, Irvine) and Rajamani Lakshminarayanan (Singapore Eye Research Institute)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmIlene K. Gipson (Schepens Eye Research Institute)
"The Ocular Surface - A Marvelous System for Study of Mucosal Protection"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCorneal Development, Inflammation and Pathogenesis
Discussion Leaders: Andrew Quantock (Cardiff University, Wales) and Chien-Chia Su (National Taiwan University Hospital)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmCarlo Iomini (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
"Epithelial Injury Activates Long-Range Signals of Ciliogenesis Required for Corneal Tissue Repair"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:15 pmJames Foster (Johns Hopkins University)
"Recovery of the Keratocyte Phenotype In Vitro is Mediated Through Glucose Response Signaling"
8:15 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:40 pmMindy Call (University of Cincinnati)
"Regulation of Lipid Synthesis and Development of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmMehrnoosh Saghizadeh (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)
"Identification and Characterization of microRNAs Expressed in Limbal Compartment of Normal and Diabetic Human Corneas by Deep Sequencing"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmRicardo Frausto (Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCL)
"Transcriptome Analysis of the Human Corneal Endothelium: Insights into Gene Regulation of the Corneal Endothelial Dystrophies"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amBioengineering, Biomimetics, Regenerative Medicine and Future Therapeutics
Discussion Leaders: Noriko Koizumi (Doshisha University, Japan) and Laura Grisanti (Mount Sinai School of Medicine)
9:00 am - 9:20 amNick Di Girolamo (University of New South Wales, Australia)
"Tracing the Fate of Limbal Epithelial Progenitors and their Progeny in the Murine Cornea"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:45 amJian Wu (University of Pittsburgh School)
"Bioengineering Human Corneal Stromal Tissue: Integration of Patterned Silk Substrates and Adult Stem Cells"
9:45 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:10 amGeraint Parfitt (University of California Irvine)
"Characterization of Mouse Meibomian Gland Label-Retaining Cells by Immunofluorescent Computed Tomography (ICT)"
10:10 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amEmi Inagaki (Keio University Hospital, Japan)
"Differentiation of Neural Crest-Derived Corneal Stroma Stem Cells into Corneal Keratocytes In Vivo"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amFatima Syed-Picard (University of Pittsburgh)
"Dental Pulp Stem Cells for Corneal Stroma Regeneration"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:40 pmTechnical Session: How to Write a Competitive Grant
Discussion Leaders: Jerry Y. Niederkorn (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center) and Martin Minns (Boston University)
1:30 pm - 1:55 pmGeorge A. McKie (National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health)
1:55 pm - 2:05 pmDiscussion
2:05 pm - 2:30 pmMary Ann Stepp (The George Washington University)
2:30 pm - 2:40 pmDiscussion
2:40 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by (National Eye Institute of the National Institutes Of Health Agreement #1 R13 EY024156-01 from (IC). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by Speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or Organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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