He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD and a former Chief of Cataract and Corneal Diseases, Senior Clinical Investigator & Senior Attending Ophthalmologist at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health, US Dept. of Health & Human Services in Bethesda, MD. He is recognized around the world for his expertise in cataract documentation, pathogenesis and medical treatment and prevention.
Pathogenesis of Cataracts; Cataract Prevention and Medical Treatment; In Vivo/Clinical Lens; Classification; Imaging and Monitoring Systems; Cataract Surgery and Intra-Ocular Lens Implantation.
Eva Yebra Pimentel is a Professor of the Faculty of Optics and Optometry in the Santiago de Compostela University, Spain, where she has been since 1990. She got her Ph.D. in Pharmacy, in 1993, in the University of Santiago de Compostela. She is author of over 50 papers in Journal Citation Reports Journals. She heads the Optometry research group of the Santiago de Compostela University. She is member of the International PhD School, in the Health Science doctoral program Molecular Medicine at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
Dry eye; Contact lenses and dry eye; Contact lenses; Tear film and its interaction with the ocular surface; Biocompatibility; Contact lenses surface and microbial adhesion; Bio films
Carolina Arruabarrena, graduated from Autonoma de Madrid University Medical School, Madrid (Spain). She became specialist in General Medicine at the prestigious institution Ramon y Cajal Hospital in Madrid. Later, she did her ophthalmic training at Ramón y Cajal Hospital. Currently, she is the Head of the Macula Section and Retinal Consultant at the Príncipe de Asturias Hospital in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid (Spain).
Roberto Cruz-González M.D. MBA studied medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad Autonoma of Nuevo León, Mexico. Where he graduated as Medical Surgeon.Later he completed the residency and specialized in Ophthalmology in the Hospital Universitario ¨Dr. José Eleuterio González¨ of UANL. He has a Masters degree in Administration and Finance from the Universidad Regiomontana, in Monterrey Nuevo León, Mexico. He works as ophthalmologist from 1990 up to current day.
Roberto Cruz-González has been Professor of basic sciences in medicine,teaching Embryology and Medical Physiology in several Universities in Monterrey Nuevo León, Mexico.
He is a Professor of the Cell Biology and Medical Histology, Microbiology and Parasitology at Westhill University Santa Fe in Mexico City in addition to the chair of Ophthalmology and Administrative Management in the Health Sector at theInstituto Teconologico de Estudios Superiores and at the “Universidad del Valle de México”, Campus Sur in Mexico City.
Management and Financial Planning; Analysis and Valuation of Investment Projects
She graduated with a PhD in Medicine at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and with Master in Retina and Vitreous at Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular (IMO) of Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. She is member of Health Research Institute at Fundación Jiménez Díaz in Madrid, thus she has involved in clinical trials and projects of different ophthalmology areas such as: Meibomian gland dysfunction, Drug Project RNA interference for ocular pain, study of the macular hole in highly myopic eye and Development of a new macular buckle prototype. Besides she is reviewer and author in different international journals. She has also been observer at Charles Retina Institute, Memphis, USA.
Design of medical lasers (for dental, ophthalmic and anti-cancer uses); Nanotechnology; Bio-engineering; Basic physics and modeling of vision-corrections and light-activated processes in medical and biological systems
Costas Karabatsas MD, DMed(Bristol), MRCOphth, FEBO, FRCS(Ed)Ophth is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology with the Department of Biomedical Sciences (Optics & Optometry), University of Western Attica (UNIWA), Athens, Greece. He is also a practicing Consultant Eye Surgeon, specializing in cornea, refractive and glaucoma surgery. He gained his Ophthalmology training and his clinical corneal fellowship in the UK, at the Department of Ophthalmology, Bristol Eye Hospital, where he has also served as a Clinical Lecturer. He was awarded a Doctorate title (Doctor of Medicine, DMed Higher Degree) from the University of Bristol, for his thesis on management of post-keratoplasty astigmatism with the use of computerized topography. He subsequently completed a refractive surgery-LASIK mini Fellowship with the University of Crete, Greece. He has served (1999-2007) as Ass. Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, Larissa University Hospital, Greece, and Head of the Anterior Segment Surgery, Cornea Transplant and Glaucoma Unit. In addition to his clinical role, he is active in research and teaching activities. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers, chapters and books. He has delivered more than 300 lectures, both nationally and internationally. He is a member of AAO, ASCRS, ESCRS and EGS, and also an active member of the Executive Board of the Greek College of Ophthalmology, the Hellenic Eye Bank Demokritus, as well as the General Secretary of the Hellenic Cornea Society. He is on the editorial boards of several national and international ophthalmic journals and has acted as reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.
Magali Taiel has completed her doctorate in Medicine with a specialization in Ophthalmology from the University of Paris, France, in 1993, and her Associate Professor Degree in 1998. Before joining Lilly in 2004, Dr. Magali Taiel-Sartral was an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, standing in for the Ophthalmology Department Head for 3 years at Academic Hospital, France. After 13 years of clinical public and private practice, she worked as a R&D International Project Manager in Servier Company for 2 years, and then as Medical Advisor in Ophthalmology area (Glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration [AMD]) in Pfizer for 3 years. She was hired by Lilly in 2004 as a Clinical Research Physician supervising France and Belgium for Critical Care. Dr Magali Taiel-Sartral has managed international positions in various therapeutic areas, including both technical and supervision duties. She made several critical contributions to the development and launch of products. She authored numerous protocols that were approved and implemented in order to address key scientific questions. She also played a key role in Thought Leaders (TLs) insight programs and Medical Education activities related to her areas of responsibilities, contributing as a Medical Lead to successful launches. In August 2016, she took over the position of VP Clinical Development in Ophthalmology at ProQR Therapeutics.
Kishore Cholkaris currently working as a Formulation Development Scientist (Project Lead) at Custopharm Inc, Carlsbad, California, USA. His work focuses mainly on development of specialty products for injections and topical application of small and large molecules (biologics). He is an active member of American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Association (PGSRM), United States Pharmacopeia and Ophthalmology group (OMICS). Cholkar received the First Best Poster Award from Ophthalmology group in 2014 at the Ophthalmology 2014, Baltimore, USA and Worldwide Outstanding Dissertation Honorable Mention Award in 2016 from UMKC, Missouri, USA. He is the first author of more than 15 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and is credited with more than 400 independent citations on google scholar for his work.
Dr Jacqueline M Lopes de Faria received her MD from Faculty of Medical Sciences of State University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1990. She was resident in Ophthalmology Department in the same University from 1991-1994. Later in Schepens Eye Research Institute/ Retina Associates she became a post doctoral fellow under supervision of Dr Alex Jalkh and Dr Tatsuo Hirose. At that time, she had research and clinical activities in retinal diseases, diabetic retinopathy and electrophysiology of vision. Bach in Brazil in 1996, she received her PhD degree in 2000. In Faculty of Medical Sciences, she became a Research Assistant Professor in Department of Ophthalmology. Currently, she is responsible for conducting basic research in diabetic retinopathy field in the Physiopathology Laboratory. Her research focuses the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy, its associated factors, and the interaction with arterial hypertension exacerbating this complication. The better understanding of inflammatory/ oxidative stress mechanisms is pivotal in her research field. Also to identify therapeutic target for pharmacological treatment of this devastating eye disease. In clinical setting, she is starting to study new diagnostic tool to detect as early as possible the retinal abnormalities preceding the classical findings of the retinopathy.
Graduated from Medical School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki–Greece. After fulfilling his military service, he trained in Ophthalmology in AHEPA University Hospital, Thessaloniki-Greece. One year funded Fellowship in Uveitis and Inflammatory diseases with Mr. William Ayliffe in Croydon University Hospital, London, UK 1997-1998. One year Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery with Mr. Chris Canning and Mr. Andy Luff in Southampton University Hospital, Southampton, UK, 1998-1999. One year funded Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery with Mr. Bob Cooling and Mr. Zdenek Gregor in Moorfields Eye Hospital, London UK, 1999 – 2000.
Michael Baertschi graduated 1991 with the national optometry degree (insigni cum laude) from the “Hoehere Fachschule fuer Augenoptik und Optometrie” in Olten, Switzerland. Later he completed a Master of Science in Clinical Optometry degree (M.S.Optom., insigni cum laude) in 1997 from Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia and in 2001 completed a Masters in Medical Education (M.M.E.) from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Bern in Switzerland.
Vassilios P. Kozobolis was born in Athens, Greece (1958). He graduated in 1983 from the Medical School, University of Messina, Italy. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the Hippokrateion Hospital of Athens, in 1991. Afterwards, he completed two fellowships in Glaucoma and Refractive Surgery at the University of Crete. In 1997 he was awarded his PhD diploma on Exfoliation Syndrome and Exfoliation Glaucoma at the University of Crete, Medical School (excellent with honors).
Dr. Hind Manaa Alkatan, MD has completed her Saudi Ophthalmology Board (in the year 1994) from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and her postdoctoral studies from Departments of Ophthalmology/Pathology, University of Manitoba and University of British Columbia, Canada (in the year 1999). She is an Assistant Professor (College of Medicine), Consultant (Departments of Ophthalmology and Pathology), Chief of Ophthalmic Pathology Division, and finally Director of the KSU Post-Graduate Residency& Fellowship Training Programs in Ophthalmology, King Saud University Medical City (KSUMC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She is a member in many international organizations in her field: Eastern Ophthalmic Pathology, Canadian Ophthalmology Society, International Society of Ocular Oncology, Ocular Oncology Group in addition to the local Saudi Ophthalmology Society. She contributes to other institutions such as being a Research Consultant at King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh. She has been contributing as an invited speaker in many international symposia such as the World Congress of Ophthalmology and the European Society of Pathology Annual meetings. She has published more than 100papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an editorial board member forseveral journals including: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology, World Journal of Ophthalmology, SRL Ophthalmology, The Scientific Pages of Ophthalmology and Academicians’ Research Center (ARC) Journal of Ophthalmology AJOM.
Medical Research; Ophthalmic Pathology and Ophthalmic Oncology
Dr. Cohen was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1968. He is one of the few oculoplastic surgeons to complete a craniofacial fellowship and receive this level of rigorous and extensive training & is in private practice where he specializes in of oculoplastic and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and cosmetic laser surgery. He still devotes a small amount of his practice time to neuro-ophthalmology. As an active staff member at Rush University Medical Center and Northshore University Hospitals, Dr. Cohen treats and operates on patients and teaches residents.