Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
Research Interests: AMD, Molecular and Cellular biology of retina, Biochemistry of Retina, Gene therapy, Mitochondrial
Biography: Dr. Lin is an ophthalmologist fellowship trained in medical retina. Dr. Lin serves as a general ophthalmologist, who provides excellent eye care for patients with multi-specialty conditions, including eyeglasses prescription, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disease, and age-related macular degeneration.
In addition to his clinical activity, Dr. Lin has an extensive research experience. During his work at McGill University and Whitehead Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Rudolf Jaenisch, he discovered several genes involving ubiquitin conjugation and deubiquitination, a key mechanism of cellular homeostasis.
Moreover, he created de novo DNA methyltransferase gene (Dnmt 3a and 3b) knockout and conditional induction mice and studied the function of DNA methylation in tumor formation and stem cells. Dr. Lin previously held faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and University of Texas, prior to joining the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts as an Assistant Professor.
As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Lin’s Lab primarily focuses on epigenetic mechanisms of disease, gene-editing, and stem cell tissue regeneration, as a treatment approach for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Istanbul Medeniyet University Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
Research Interests: Lens diseases (Sutureless scleral fixation of IOL), Corneal diseases, Glaucoma, Oculoplastic surgery
Biography: Remzi Karadag is currently working as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology in Istanbul Medeniyet University Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey, and formerly a Research Fellow in Wills Eye Hospital Cornea Department, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. He also worked as an Associate Professor in Department of Ophthalmology, Yuzuncu Yil University, Faculty of Medicine, Van, Turkey from April 2011 to September 2012. He is a member of Turkish Ophthalmology Society, American Society of Cataract Refractive Surgery, European Society of Cataract Refractive Surgery. His research interests are Lens diseases (Sutureless scleral fixation of IOL), Corneal diseases, Glaucoma, Oculoplastic surgery.
Consultant, Department of Ophthalmology, Catholic University of Rome, Italy
Research Interests: Cataract, Glaucoma, Hereditary eye diseases, Obit, Paediatric ophthalmology, Refractive surgery
Biography: Dr. Italo Giuffre' is Consultant at the Department of Ophthalmology (Head: Prof. A. Caporossi) - Catholic University of Rome (Italy) since 2009 and Lecturer at the Orthoptics School in Bozen (Italy). He graduated as Medical Doctor cum laude at Tor Vergata University in 1988. He discussed a thesis about the biological and pharmacological aspects of neuroblastoma and retinoblastoma. In 1992 he postgraduated cum laude in Ophthalmology at Sapienza University (Head: Prof. M. R. Pannarale). He discussed a thesis about the ibopamine test after administration of corticoids in patients affected by allergic conjunctivitis. He completed a Vitreo-retinal Fellowship at Antwerpen Ophthalmology Department (Head: Prof. R. Zivoynovic). In 1995-1996 he was Lecturer of Genetic of eye diseases at the Postgraduate Course of Ophthalmology at Tor Vergata University of Roma (Head: Prof. M.G. Bucci). In 2001 he became PhD in Neuropaediatrics and malformative diseases at Sapienza University (Head: Prof. G.P. Cantore). He discussed a thesis about genetics of Apert and Crouzon syndromes.
His publications include one book about Genetics of Eye diseases, INC Editor 2000, 5 chapters in international books about ibopamine, apoptosis and tumorigenesis and genetics of glaucoma and over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He served as Medical Officer in the Italian Army in 1990-1991 and he is Captain since 2000. He worked at the Ophthalmological Department (Head: Prof. E. Balestrazzi) at L’Aquila University since 1992 up to 2009. Since then he served as Consultant at the Glaucoma Service and Hereditary eye diseases Service (Head: Prof. B. Falsini) at the Catholic University of Rome (Italy).
He is member of ARVO, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Italian Society of Ophthalmology (SOI), AIMO, AISG, SiGLA, SIOP, GIVRE. He received the SOI Best Paper Award in 2013. He serves numerous Editorial positions including Editor- in-Chief of Journal of Ocular Diseases and Therapeutics and Journal of Eye and Vision, Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, Neurology India, Clinical and Experimental Optometry, Academic Editor of British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, Ophthalmology Research: an International Journal, Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, British Microbiology Research Journal, Journal of International Research in Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Journal of Disease and Global Health, International Journal of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Journal of Ophthalmology and Clinical Research, EC Ophthalmology, British Journal of Applied Science & Technology, Journal of Ophthalmology: Open Access, Associated Editor of The Open Ophthalmology Journal, Journal of Basic and Applied Research International, Journal of Case Reports in Medical Sciences, Open Access Journal of Ophthalmology, International Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Research, Annals of Case Reports and Images, Journal of Molecular Genetics and Medicine, Active Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, International Journal of Ophthalmology Research, Archives of Ophthalmology and Optometry, Editor Section Ophthalmology of Current Medicine, Academic Editor of Asian Journal of Research in Surgery, Enliven: Clinical Ophthalmology Research, Eye and Vision Science, Journal of Surgery and Advanced Surgical Techniques, Acta Scientific Ophthalmology, Journal of Surgical Science and Operative Care, Journal of Ophthalmology and Vision Research, Surgical Researc, Clinical Journal of Ophtalmology and Eye Care. He attended more than 400 American, European and national meetings. In more than 100 he was invited speaker.
Senior lecturer in pharmaceutics at School of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, Australia.
Research Interests: Retinal pigmented epithelium, Drug screening, Drug development, Age-related macular degeneration, Solute carrier transporters
Biography: Dr Fanfan Zhou is a senior lecturer in pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy, the University of Sydney, Australia. She graduated with a BSc, China Pharmaceutical University & Nanjing University, China in 2002 and PhD, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA in 2008. Her research focuses on investigating the molecular features of the retinal pigmented epithelium and the pathogenesis of various retinal diseases especially the age-related macular degeneration. Her work is also involved in drug screening and development to prevent or treat prevalent human retinal diseases.
Dimitrios N. Kanakis
Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Nicosia Medical School, Cyprus
Research Interests: Neuro-Oncology, Neurodegenerative diseases, Demyelinating and Neurodevelopmental disorders, Traumatic conditions of the central and peripheral nervous system and Psychiatric disorders
Biography: Dr. med. Dimitrios Kanakis is specialized Pathologist and Neuropathologist, and currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Nicosia Medical School. He teaches Pathology both in the 3rd-year of the MD Program as well as in the CS- and T-year of the MBBS Program of St. George’s University of London (delivered in Cyprus by the University of Nicosia Medical School). He has co-authored several original Research Articles and he is Reviewer in a number of International Peer-Reviewed Journals as well as Member of the Editorial Board of several Scientific Journals. In addition, Dr. Kanakis has written four Book-Chapters. Three of them, namely the Chapters “CNS-neoplasms in adults: Diagnostic Algorithms, Histochemical, Immunohistochemical and Molecular Markers”, “Concise interpretation of useful data in the histological diagnosis of malignant CNS-Neoplasms” and “Summary of useful data of CNS-Neoplasms” were included in the 2nd  and 3rd  Edition of the Book “Guidelines for the Histological Diagnosis of Malignant Neoplasms” published by the Hellenic Society of Pathology. The fourth Book-Chapter “PTTG (Securin) as Cancer Biomarker” is part of the Book “Biomarkers in Cancer” (Springer Publishers; 2015). Finally, Dr. Kanakis is the Editor of the Book “Pituitary Adenoma: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment Options” (Nova Science Publishers; 2016).
Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma and Cornea, Ophthalmology Department in La Fe University and Politechnic Hospital. Valencia, Spain.
Research Interests: Cornea, Glaucoma, Ocular Surface
Biography: Mercedes Hurtado-Sarrió, was born in Valencia, Spain, in 1962. She was resident in training in ophthalmology (1989-1993) in La Fe University Hospital, and received the PhD degree in 1994 from the University of Valencia with the doctoral thesis entitled “Corneal topographic analysis. Computarized videokeratography”.
About professional and clinical experience, she has worked in several hospitals: Tarragona (Barcelona), Elda Hospital (Alicante), La Ribera Hospital (Valencia), Arnau de Vilanova (Valencia), and nowadays in La Fe University and Polytechnic hospital as Head of Glaucoma and Anterior Segment Unit.
She is collaborator professor of Ophthalmology in Valencia University.
She has a Master in management of health resources (June-2012), Master in Bioethics (June-2017)
She is Associated Professor in the University of Medicine in Valencia (Spain) since December 2018 and President of the Medical College of Valencia, Spain since 2014.
She has been examiner of European Board of Ophthalmology during nine years (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), receiving the “ADEUNDEM” FEBO (Fellow European Board Ophthalmology) in May-2012.
She has been involved in 4 investigative projects in “la Fundación para investigación” La Fe Hospital as main researcher. She received the prize in Ophthalmic investigations Dr. Juan Pallarés in 1998, the second prize in 5th Edition of CSIF in Security and Health at work (2003), and the third prize in 11th Edition of CSIF in Security and Health at work (2009). Prize “Sanitaria 2000” in March 2018.
She is a Jury of Premios Jaime I since 2014.
She has published 15 international and 30 national papers, and conference contributions in 13 international congress and 37 national congress. She has collaborated with chapters in five ophthalmology books, and participated in two multicenter assays.
She is Editorial Board Member of World Journal of Ophthalmology and referee of the following journals: archives of ophthalmology (Spanish) during 19 years and nominated as “Elite evaluator”, Journal cataract and refractive surgery, British Journal Ophthalmology, Indian Journal Ophthalmology.
Ali Riza Cenk Celebi
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Acibadem University, Turkey
Research Interests: Clinical ophthalmology, Statistical analysis, Linear regression, Regression analysis, Ophthalmology, T-Test, Phacoemulsification, Eyes, Clinical trial management, E-Learning for Epidemiology & Statistics
Biography: Dr. Celebi finished high school education in Nazilli Anatolian High School with honored as the best top three students in 1999. He attended medical school in University of Hacettepe in 1999 and graduated in 2005 (third position with 3.56/4.00 degree). He completed residency of ophthalmology in Hacettepe University School of Medicine Department of ophthalmology between 2005 and 2010. During his residency, in 2009 he was accepted as a short term observer visiting fellow in University of Louisville Kentucky Lions Eye Center Rounsavall Eye Clinic, Vitreoretinal and Medical Retina Unit. During his chief residency period he successfully passed International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) “Basic Science Assessment in Ophtalmology including Optics and Refraction” and “Clinical Science Assessment in Ophthalmology” examinations. He worked in Nigde State Hospital Department of Ophthalmology for obligatory service to government between 2010 and 2013. He became an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology in 2014 in Acibadem University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology. He has been working at Acibadem Atakent Education and Research Hospital since 2014.
Professor, Chief Physician, Director, Department of Uveitis & OcularImmunology, Tianjin Medical University Eye Hospital, China
Research Interests: Pathogenesis of Autoimmune uveitis, New Therapy for Refractory ocular immunological diseases, Stem cell therapy for Ocular diseases
Biography: Dr. Zhang joined in Tianjin Medical University Eye Hospital after she graduated from Tianjin Medical University and received her PhD in 2004. She has been directing her time and efforts to lead the Uveitis & Ocular Immunology Department. She is also the vice director of Tianjin Medical University Eye Institute. Besides clinical service, she leads a research team of ocular immunology and stem cell therapy. Dr. Zhang’s research interests are mainly in developing new therapy for refractory ocular immunological diseases and stem cell based therapy for ocular diseases.
Universitat de València, Spain
Research Interests: Theoretical chemistry, Physical chemistry, Mathematical chemistry, Computational chemistry, Molecular modelling, Simulation and design, Computer-aided drug design and development, Molecular graphics and Representation of Molecular properties
Biography: Francisco Torrens is a lecturer in physical chemistry at the Universitat de València. After obtaining a Ph.D. in molecular associations in azines and macrocycles from the Universitat de València, Dr. Torrens undertook postdoctoral research with Professor Rivail at the Université de Nancy I. More recently, Dr. Torrens has collaborated on projects with Professors Tomás-Vert, Salgado and Castellano. Major research projects include prediction of the environmental impact of chemical substances using chemobioinformatics tools, discovery of new inhibitors of tyrosinase: computational design, synthesis, characterization and experimental corroboration, search for new antimicrobial agents that inhibit the synthesis of the bacterial cell wall, minimal active domains of proteins of the Bcl‑2 family, development and application of quantum chemistry methods and techniques to studies of drugs, analysis of pores of BAX at nanometric scale and study of the in vivo antioxidant capacity of phenolic compounds through QSAR/QSPR modelling: crossing of the blood-brain barrier and interactions with cytochromes and drugs. His scientific accomplishments include the first implementation in a computer at the Universitat de València of a program for the elucidation of crystallographic structures and the construction of the first computational-chemistry program adapted to a vector-facility supercomputer in a Spanish university.
2nd Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Papageorgiou General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Research Interests: Cataract surgery, Clinical ophthalmology, Eyes, Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Eye diseases, Corneal diseases, Optical coherence tomography, Phacoemulsification, Astigmatism
Biography: Argyrios Tzamalis is currently working as Locum Consultant with special interest in Oculoplastics, Ocular surface and Corneal Surgery, 2nd Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Papageorgiou General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece. Dr. Tzamalis has received his PhD from University of Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Tzamalis has submitted his research findings in more than 40 worldwide conferences. Currently he is also working as editorial board member for Journal of Glaucoma: Open access.
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Health Sciences Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Training and Research Hospital, Clinic of Ophthalmology, İstanbul, Turkey
Research Interests: Clinical ophthalmology, Statistical analysis, Ophthalmology, Phacoemulsification, Medical retina, Prematurite of retinopathy.
Biography: Dr. Sayin finished high school education in Karabuk Mustafa Yazici High School with honored as the best top three students in 2000. He attended medical shool in University of Ondokuz Mayis and graduated in 2006. He completed residency of ophthalmology in Beyoglu Eye Education and Research Hospital between 2006 and 2011. In 2015, he passed the European Bord of Ophthalmology exam and received the FEBO title. In 2017, he received the title of Associate Professor Doctor in University of Health Sciences Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Training and Research Hospital. He has been working at University of Health Sciences Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Training and Research Hospital since 2012. He has co-authored several original Research Articles and he is Reviewer in a number of International Peer-Reviewed Journals as well as Member of the Editorial Board of several Scientific Journals.
Mynampati Arunadithya Bharani Krishna
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Florida, USA
Research Interests: Age-related macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, Embryonic stem cell, Inherited retinal diseases, Cataract, Retina, Cornea, Glaucoma, Lens
Biography: Dr. Mynampati Arunadithya Bharani Krishna currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Department of Ophthalmology, University of Florida, Jacksonville, Florida. He did his BSc and MSc in Biochemistry in University of Madras, Chennai, India. He did his PhD in Philosophy from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, (PGIMER) Chandigarh, India. He is Certified With Advanced Course in Research Methodology and Biostatistics (April 2008) at PGIMER, Chandigarh. This course was aimed at teaching medical professionals and research fellows the intricacies of medical research viz. study designs and protocols, biases, ethical considerations, subject selection, data collection, processing and analysis. Also well versed with the use of advanced statistical procedures applied in different research trials and studies.
Tasneem P. Sharma
Research Scientist at Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, UNT Health Science Center, USA
Research Interests: Pathogenic translaminar pressure induced neurodegeneration, Neuronal cell death and Generation of pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) for disease modeling
Biography: Dr. Tasneem Sharma is a research scientist at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Her passion lies in the scientific exploration of pathogenic translaminar pressure induced neurodegeneration, neuronal cell death and generation of pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) for disease modeling. She has utilized human iPSCs to develop different neuronal subtypes and has patented the translaminar autonomous system for studying various diseases. She has published numerous impactful manuscripts during her scientific training and her work has been acclaimed both nationally and internationally through Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Association for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Sigma Xi.
Chirag R. Shah
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada.
Research Interests: Medical retina, Refractive surgery, Anterior segment pathologies and Retinopathy of prematurity
Biography: Dr. Chirag R. Shah is a retinal specialist with extensive experience in India and Canada. His practice specialization includes medical retina, refractive surgery, anterior segment pathologies and retinopathy of prematurity. His two Canadian fellowships included Anterior Segment & Refractive Surgery with Dr. Howard Gimbel at the University of Calgary and Medical Retina, Retinopathy of Prematurity and Ocular Oncology training at University of Toronto. His extensive fellowship training provides his patients a multi-focal perspective when diagnosing and treating. Dr. Shah is a regularly invited international conference presenter. He serves as a clinical member of the Alberta Research Ethics Board and is a regular ophthalmic journal reviewer. Dr. Shah also serves on different boards which includes Community Relations Council for Bow Valley College and the Calgary Employer Council for Immigrants. He has received many awards, including two recent awards from Immigrant Services Calgary and the Indo-Canadian Association recognizing him as a Distinguished Professional. He is a regular media presenter and was named as an “Inspiring Albertan” in a recent media publication highlighting his community and academic involvement. Dr. Shah believes and lives by the famous Mahatma Gandhi quote “Be the change that you want to see in the world”
Locum Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, The Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust, UK
Research Interests: Cataract, Intraocular lens, Intravitreal lucentis injections, Age related macular degeneration, Yag capsulotomies, Pan retinal photocoagulation, Ocular trauma, Lacerations of the eyelid, Sclera, Cornea, Argon laser, Diabetic retinopathy, Branch vein retinal occlusion, Central vein retinal occlusion, Diabetic macular edema.
Biography: Rajan Paul is a Highly experienced specialist Ophthalmology doctor, having held Consultant and Specialist roles at hospitals in India, Saudi Arabia and UK, teaching medical students and setting up new departments. He completed a specialist fellowship in India to ensure knowledge of the most up-to-date procedures and skills. He Operated on more than 5000 cataract patients and a range of other ophthalmic conditions including glaucoma and extraocular surgeries. He regularly administers Intravitreal injections of Lucentis and Eylea for Age-related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Macular Edema. He regularly performs Yag Laser Capsulotomies, PanRetinal Photocoagulation with Argon Laser for Diabetic Retinopathy, Central & Branch Vein Retinal Occlusion. He Has set up a new Ophthalmology Department in India in a 100 beds hospital. He is Flexible and adaptable, having worked internationally with patients from a range of different cultures and backgrounds.
Professor of History of medicine at the School of Advanced Studies of the University of Tyumen (Russian Federation), Russia.
Research interests: History of ophthalmology, History of optics, History of optometry, History of eye surgery, History of visual impairment, Artificial eyes.
Biography: Corinne Doria is a professor of History of medicine at the School of Advanced Studies of the University of Tyumen (Russian Federation). Her work focuses on the history of ophthalmology and visual impairment. She is the principal investigator of a research project on the development of visual prostheses.
Head of Ophthalmology Department, Bokaro General Hospital, India
Research Interests: Cataract, Leprosy, Retina, Optic nerve, Migraine, Amblyopia, Ocular morbidity, Uveitis
Biography: Dr Sanjoy Chowdhury is an honors graduate of Calcutta Medical college, who trained in Ophthalmology at the university of ALIGARH, receiving postgraduate "diploma" with university GOLD MEDAL and at the University of DELHI, India to bag the Master’s degree. He is a “Diplomat of National Board of Examinations (1992)” and is a very experienced micro surgeon with special interest in Squint and Community Ophthalmology mainly Leprosy & eye injury. Beyond Eye: Jawhar award, best Innovative manager in 2011 and 2013 of Bokaro steel /SAIL& Best male speaker of AISMOC (SAIL/Bokaro), Joint Director (Medical & health services, SAIL/Bokaro). Head of ophthalmology department, Bokaro general hospital (ISO certified multispecialty 910 bedded hospital). Dr. Sanjoy Chowdhury is most important asset for India, recognized by IASR (International Agency for Standards and Ratings). Dr. Sanjoy Chowdhury is recognized as Father of modern Leprosy; chronic infectious disease studies in Ophthalmology. Dr. Sanjoy Chowdhury plays a vital role in advancement of scientific knowledge in Ophthalmology (Leprosy; chronic infectious disease). IASR recognizes Dr. Sanjoy Chowdhury among World's 500 Most Influential Experts in Ophthalmology for the Year 2019 on Earth.
Ahmed Abd Allah Ibrahim Darwish
Professor of Ophthalmology Ain Shams University, Egypt
Research Interests: Vitreo-retinal surgery and Retinal lasers
Biography: Dr. Ahmed Darwish is an Egyptian ophthalmologist who graduated from Ain Shams University in Cairo. He took his MBBS certificate on November 1984 with excellent and highest honor degree. He began his residency in the ophthalmology department at Ain Shams University on 4/1986 and took his master degree on 1989. In November 1993 he took his MD degree and on March 1994 he took the position of lecturer of ophthalmology at Ain Shams University. On 1999 he was upgraded to assistant proffessor and on 2004 to professor of ophthalmology and is still in this position up till now.
As regards his academic work in the university he is involved in research work, teaching for undergraduates and postgraduates both at Ain Shams University and as an external examiner in suez canal & Alazhar Universities. Also he is involved as an instructor in scientific university days and conferences of Egyptian Ophthalmology Society.
Clinically, he shared as a founder or cofounder of vitreoretinal surgical units in several university and private hospitals and ophthalmology centres in Egypt and recently in Saudi Arabia.
He is a member in many international ophthalmology journals and Egyptian ophthalmology and vitreoretinal societies, American academy of ophthalmology, Saudi ophthalmology society and Middle East & Africa Co.
He is a referee for the evaluation of retina papers in the bullitin of ophthalmology society of Egypt and the Egyptian retina jpurnal and an editor in Advances of Ophthalmology & Visual Systems journal.
Eye Foundation Retina Institute, Nigeria
Research Interests: Retina, Vitreous, Prevention of Blindness
Biography: Ogugua Okonkwo commenced residency in ophthalmology at the Eye Foundation after completing his undergraduation and graduation with an MBBS qualification from the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital. Residency training culminated in his stay at the Tennet Institute in Glasgow, from where he sat for and passed his fellowship exams in Edinburgh, after 5 years of residency training. He completed 2 year vitreoretina fellowship training and was retained as a member of faculty at the Eye Foundation. Appointed the Residency Program Director and Director of training, till date.He has played an active role in organizing retina related courses and training locally and internationally. He is an active member of the Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria.