Department of Ophthalmology

Vision Research Symposium 2022 Program Agenda


All times are CST.
Program is subject to change.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022

Time Topic/Session Speaker
8:45 a.m. Welcome & Introduction

Yingbin Fu, Ph.D., Wei Li, Ph.D.

Session 1: Immune cells in retinal development and diseases
Moderator: Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez, Baylor College of Medicine
8:55 – 9:20 a.m. Modulation of mononuclear phagocytes in retinal disease Thomas Langmann
University of Cologne, Germany 
9:20 – 9:45 a.m. Neural-immune interactions in the developing retina Melanie Samuel
Baylor College of Medicine
9:45 – 10:10 a.m. Microglial pathways mediating neuron elimination during retinal development Monica Vetter
University of Utah
10:10 – 10:20 a.m. Break
Session 2: Glaucoma
Moderator: Jijie Pang, Baylor College of Medicine
10:20 – 10:45 a.m. Single cell transcriptome analysis of regenerating RGCs reveals potent glaucoma neural repair genes Yang Hu
Stanford University
10:45 – 11:10 a.m. Retinal vasculature changes induced by elevated eye pressure in mice Benjamin J. Frankfort
Baylor College of Medicine
11:10 - 12:10 p.m.

Keynote Address
Moderator: Yingbin Fu, Baylor College of Medicine

The right stuff? Assessing intrinsic properties of human pluripotent stem cell-derived photoreceptors
David M. Gamm
University of Wisconsin
(Introduced by J. Timothy Stout, Baylor College of Medicine)
12:10 - 12:40 p.m. Lunch Break
Session 3: Cornea
Moderator: Wei Li, Baylor College of Medicine
12:40-1:05 p.m. The importance of being innervated: intraepithelial corneal nerves and their role in corneal homeostasis MaryAnn Stepp
George Washington University
1:05-1:30 p.m.

Linking the gut microbiome to ocular surface disease in Sjögren Syndrome

Cintia S. de Paiva
Baylor College of Medicine
1:30 – 1:40 p.m. Break

Session 4: Ocular angiogenesis
Moderator: Cintia S. de Paiva, Baylor College of Medicine

1:40 – 2:05 p.m. Mechanistic insight and therapeutic strategies for drug resistance in age-related macular degeneration Yingbin Fu
Baylor College of Medicine
2:05 – 2:30 p.m. Ligandomics and disease-targeted anti-angiogenic therapy for ocular diseases Wei Li
Baylor College of Medicine
2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Rinki Ratna Priya, Baylor College of Medicine

Single cell omics technologies in the eye

Rui Chen
Baylor College of Medicine

Seth Blackshaw
Johns Hopkins University

Karthik Shekhar
University of California, Berkeley

3:20 – 3:30 p.m. Break

Session 5: Retinal wiring
Moderator: Zheng Jiang, Baylor College of Medicine

3:30 – 3:55 p.m.

Deciphering the molecular mechanisms of retinal wiring

Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez
Baylor College of Medicine
3:55 – 4:20 p.m. Developmental plasticity of rod photoreceptor wiring and its implications for vision restoration Kirill Martemyanov
UF Scripps Biomedical Research
4:20 – 4:45 p.m.

Electrical and chemical synaptic integration in retinal processing

Jimmy Zhou
Yale University

4:45 – 5:10 p.m. New tools and approaches to study the daily plasticity and function of the rod/cone gap junction Christophe P. Ribelayga
University of Houston
5:10 – 6:10 p.m. Gather Town Social