NAPVI Conference Eye Condition Sessions

Group A: Stem Cell Research and Inherited Retinal Diseases
Group B: Albinism and Ocular Genetics
Group C: Ocular Trauma and Retinal Conditions
Group D: Congenital Disorders
Group E: Juvenile Cataracts and Ocular Motility Disorders
Group F: Corneal Disease

SATURDAY 10:15-11:30 am

Group A: Stem Cell Research and Inherited Retinal Diseases

David Gamm, MD, PhD will discuss his research on stem cell technology and its potential for treatment of inherited retinal diseases. Dr. Gamm teaches at Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. His clinical practice is in pediatric ophthalmology and his research focuses on human retinal development and disease.
Gerald Fishman, MD is Director of the The Pangere Center for Inherited Retinal Diseases at The Chicago Lighthouse. His work focuses on inherited retinal diseases, including early onset macular degeneration, and various night blinding diseases.
They will address questions pertaining to stem cell therapy and various inherited retinal diseases such as:
•    Batten disease
•    Leber congenital amaurosis
•    Stargardt disease
•    Retinitis pigmentosa (including Usher Syndrome)
•    Achromatopsia

Group B: Albinism and Ocular Genetics
Irene Maumenee, MD will review albinism, its effect on vision, and the various genetic defects identified with this disease. Dr. Maumenee is Research Prof. of Ophthalmology at UIC College of Medicine. She founded and directed the Johns Hopkins Center for Hereditary Eye Disease, and is co-founder of the International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases. She will address questions on the following six diseases:
•    Albinism
•    Anophthalmos/microphthalmos and colobomas of the optic nerve and retina
•    Visual loss associated with multiple systemic disorders
•    Hereditary optic atrophy and optic nerve hypoplasia (septo-optic dysplasia)
•    Aniridia
•    Retinoblastoma

Group C: Ocular Trauma and Retinal Conditions
Yannek Leiderman, MD, PhD will discuss ocular trauma in children, including shaken baby syndrome. He will address questions on retinal detachment and retinoschisis, as well as juvenile onset diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Leiderman is Asst. Prof of Ophthalmology at UIC College of Medicine. His practice focuses on:
•    Complex Retinal Detachment
•    Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy
•    Diabetic Eye Disease
•    Macular Surgery
•    Eye Trauma
•    Retinal Vascular Disorders
•    Macular Degeneration

Group D: Congenital Disorders
Kimberlee Curnyn, MD will discuss various diseases characterized by congenital nystagmus. She will answer questions on retinopathy of prematurity, as well as juvenile onset glaucoma. Dr. Curnyn is Clinical Asst. Prof. of Ophthalmology at UIC College of Medicine. His expertise is in various pediatric eye diseases and disorders.

Group E: Juvenile Cataracts and Ocular Motility Disorders
Nathalie Azar, MD will discuss the presence and management of infantile and juvenile onset cataracts. She will address questions on this disorder, as well as on amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (cross eye). Dr. Azar is Prof. of Clinical Ophthalmology at UIC College of Medicine. She specializes in:
•    Pediatric Ophthalmology
•    Amblyopia and Eye Movement Disorders
•    Graves’ Disease and Paralytic and Restrictive Strabismus

Group F: Corneal Disease
Aisha Traish, MD will discuss various diseases that cause vision loss in children with corneal disease. She will answer questions on these diseases, as well as trauma to the front of the eye in children (anterior segment). Dr. Traish is Asst. Prof of Ophthalmology at UIC College of Medicine. She is an expert on corneal disease in children and young adults. Her unique clinical interests include: pediatric keratoplasty and ocular surface lesions.