Special Events in Ophthalmology

HMS Calendar


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Glaucoma Fall Festival & Neuro-ophthalmology Fall Festival, September 23-25, 2016

Course Directors: Louis R. Pasquale, M.D., Joseph F. Rizzo III, M.D., Angela Turalba, M.D.

Starr Center/ Mass Eye and Ear

The Glaucoma Fall Festival and Neuro- Ophthalmology Fall Festival is a 3-day CME course, featuring a day dedicated to the diagnosis and management of glaucoma and 1½ days of neuro-ophthalmology content. Attendees may choose to attend the Glaucoma or the Neuro-Ophthalmology course – or attend both for a discounted rate!

The overall format for the courses will consist of case-based presentations discussed by expert panels, followed by didactic lectures relevant to the clinical cases.  Lectures will cover clinical topics that are important either because of their medical significance, their relative prevalence, or because of new evidence about the diagnosis or management of the disorder. 
World-renowned ophthalmologist, Helen Danesh-Meyer, MD, PhD, from The University of Auckland will be the guest speaker, addressing glaucoma issues on Friday and neuro-ophthalmology issues on Saturday.

For more information, visit the Harvard Ophthalmology website.

2nd Biennial International Symposium on Ocular Regeneration, October 20, 2016

Organizers: Michael Young, Ph.D., and Demetrios Vavvas, M.D., Ph.D.

Presented by Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology Ocular Regenerative Medicine Institute, the 2nd Biennial International Symposium on Ocular Regeneration presents the current and future state of regeneration and stem cells in eye diseases. This one day meeting brings together thought leaders in the field to discuss the latest advances, and the potential future of retinal regeneration.

Presented in partnership with 4th Biennial International Symposium on AMD

For more information on program, registration, and accommodations, visit the Harvard Ophthalmology website.


4th Biennial International Symposium on AMD, October 20-22, 2016

Organizing Committee: 
  • Co-chair: Patricia A. D’Amore, Ph.D., MBA, FARVO
  • Co-chair: Deeba Husain, M.D.
  • Co-chair: Ivana K. Kim, M.D.
  • Ex-officio: Joan W. Miller, M.D., FARVO

Presented by Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology AMD Center of Excellence, the 4th Biennial International Symposium on AMD will bring together international experts from a diverse array of fields as well as leaders from related disciplines outside ophthalmology in an interactive format to discuss current and future topics in AMD research.

Presented in partnership with the 2nd Biennial International Symposium on Ocular Regeneration.

For more information on program, registration, and accommodations, visit the Harvard Ophthalmology website.

Harvard Medical School Dept. of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting & Alumni Reunion, June 23-24, 2017

Course Directors: Joan W. Miller, M.D., FARVO, Joseph F. Rizzo III, M.D., FARVO, Ula V. Jurkunas, M.D., and Gena Heidary, M.D., Ph.D.

Save the date for the HMS Department of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion, a two-day event that showcases the latest advances in clinical care and research in ophthalmology. The event is aimed at current and former members of the department, including faculty, ophthalmology residents and fellows, and research trainees. On the first day, the Annual Meeting features department updates, faculty presentations, the keynote Mariana Mead Lecture, and a poster contest presented by current trainees. The Alumni Reunion, held on the second day, unites our newest resident and fellowship graduates with our alumni and highlights the careers and accomplishments of 10 alumni who deliver lectures as representatives of their graduating classes. Distinguished Achievement Awards are also presented for both clinical and research accomplishments.  This weekend provides opportunities to reconvene with former classmates, meet members of the current Harvard Medical School faculty, tour newly renovated areas of the hospital, and reconnect to Boston.

For more information, visit the Harvard Ophthalmology website.

Military Vision Symposium on Ocular & Vision Injury, March 30-31, 2017

Course Directors: Darlene A. Dartt, PhD and John I. Loewenstein, MD

Eye injuries in war have changed and increased in number, as weapons, tactics, technology, and strategies have evolved. During this symposium, military experts, vision researchers, and ophthalmologists will convene in Boston to discuss the public health aspect of eye injuries as well as the physics, consequences, rehabilitation, and restoration of blast injuries.

For more information, visit the Harvard Ophthalmology website.


Biennial International Cornea Conference, Fall 2017

Course Director: Reza Dana, M.D., M.Sc., M.P.H.

Since the 1960s, the Biennial Cornea Conference has explored current basic and translational research developments of the cornea and anterior ocular surface, promoting interaction and discussion among leaders in the field of cornea and catalyzing new insights into the pathogenesis and therapy of ocular surface diseases.