October 12, 2020

Seventh annual Vision Research Workshop set for Oct. 21.

The Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences, and the Kresge Eye Institute will present the seventh annual Vision Research Workshop on Oct. 21.

The workshop will highlight the research accomplishments of the departments graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants/associates, residents and clinical fellows. The goal of the event is to offer a format to allow the vision community of the WSU campus to interact and exchange ideas for possible collaboration.

This year’s keynote speaker, James Chodosh, M.D., M.P.H., will present “Pink Eye and the Evolution of Human Adenoviruses” for the Robert N. Frank Clinical Translational Lecture.

James Chodosh, M.D., M.P.H.



Dr. Chodosh is the Edith Ives Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. He serves as vice chair for Education, associate director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service, director of Boston Keratoprosthesis and director of the Ocular Burn Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. He also is a member of the doctoral program in Virology.

He is a recipient of the Alcon Research Institute Award and four awards from Research to Prevent Blindness. He served as chair of the Anterior Eye Disease Study Section and on the National Advisory Eye Council. The chair of the Food and Drug Administration’s Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee, Dr. Chodosh has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He is co-editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology, and has trained more than 60 clinical cornea fellows. Internationally known and respected for his work on viral genomics and pathogenesis, his work has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1996. His primary clinical interests include infectious eye disease, ocular chemical injury, Stevens Johnson syndrome and the restoration of seemingly hopeless cases of corneal blindness with the Boston keratoprosthesis.

The workshop is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will take place via Zoom. Posters will be presented as short pre-recorded presentations.

Register for the workshop here.

The agenda for the event includes:

8:30 to 8:35 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction, Mark Juzych, M.D., chair of the WSU Department of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences
8:35 to 8:40 a.m.: Overview of Research at the School of Medicine, Linda Hazlett, Ph.D., vice dean of Research and Graduate Programs

SESSION 1: Immune/Inflammation/Clinical
8:40 to 8:50 a.m.:  Sukhvinder Singh
8:50 to 9 a.m.: Ardian Coku
9 to 9:10 a.m.: Mindy Kim
9:10 to 9:20 a.m.: Question and answer session

SESSION 2: Retinal Biology/Diseases 1
9:20 to 9:30 a.m.: Rakesh Radhakrishnan
9:30 to 9:40 a.m.: Deepti Sharma
9:40 to 9:50 a.m.: Brennan Schilling
9:50 to 10 a.m.: Question and answer session

SESSION 3: Retinal Biology/Diseases 2
10 to 10:10 a.m.: Anna Wright
10:10 to 10:20 a.m.: Chase Hellmer
10:20 to 10:30  a.m.: Qi Lu
10:30 to 10:40a.m.: Question and answer session
10:40 to 11 a.m.: Introduction of keynote speaker
11 a.m. to noon: Keynote speech
Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Pre-recorded poster presentation
1:30 to 2 p.m.: Awards and closing remarks