[visionlist] Optica FVM Boynton Lecture / Christine Curcio / 11 November

Ravi Jonnal rjonnal at gmail.com
Mon Nov 8 14:55:05 -04 2021

*The Optica Fall Vision Meeting’s seminar series continues on this
Thursday, 11 November 2021 at 1200p Eastern (900a Pacific), with the
Boynton Lecture, delivered by Professor Christine Curcio, Ph.D., from the
University of Alabama, Birmingham.*

*Title*: Cone resilience, rod vulnerability - how precise retinal
topography will help beat age-related macular degeneration

*Abstract*: AMD is both the most prevalent disease with a CNS
neurodegeneration and the most approachable due to the precision and in
vivo visibility of photoreceptors and their support cells and very large
biological effects. We hypothesize that a center of cone resilience due to
xanthophyll carotenoids in foveal Müller glia overlies a larger surround of
rod vulnerability due to age-related lipidization of Bruch’s membrane and
choriocapillary endothelium degeneration. A timeline of disease progression
is in view for drusen-driven disease, across the lifespan and aligning
spatially on the biology of foveal cone vision. Rods elucidate the next
chapter of deposit-driven AMD end-stages as well as a new neuroscience for
lysosome-related organelles in the retinal pigment epithelium.

Registration is free for all, whether you are an Optica (formerly OSA)
member or not. You must register before the session’s scheduled start time
and you must register for each session individually. Zoom links to join the
meeting will be sent upon registration. Registration and information links
are below:

*Thursday November 11, 12:00-2:00 Eastern* / *Boynton Award Lecture,
Christine Curcio* / [Register]
<https://osa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BVYCIn_7RjGuB-XNA1UlRA> /

*Colleagues are encouraged to record a brief congratulatory message for
Christine here
The deadline for recording is Tuesday, 9 November 2021, 4p PST.*

A reminder for next week: the final lecture in the seminar series is the *Edgar
D. Tillyer Award Lecture given by Wilson S. Geisler* next Thursday, 18
November. That session will kick off with the presentation of the Fall
Vision Meeting’s Young Investigator Awards

*Thursday November 18, 12:00-2:00 Eastern* / *Tillyer Award Lecture, Wilson
S Geisler* / [Register]
<https://osa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G7DDNvRiSKe3bbZkDFN9fg> /

*Colleagues are encouraged to record a brief congratulatory message for
Bill here
For more information, please visit https://www.osafallvisionmeeting.org/. A
google calendar for the meetings is available here

Ravi Sankar Jonnal, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
University of California at Davis
+1 812 391 0588 (cell)
+1 916 734 5839 (office)
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