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Cornea and Ocular Surface Biology and Pathology
Gordon Research Conference

Defining the Mechanisms Through Which the Cornea, Tear Film and Immune System Operate Under Pathological Conditions


February 18-23, 2018


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA Site Information


Shigeto Shimmura & Julie T. Daniels

Vice Chairs:
Alison McDermott & Alexander V. Ljubimov

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 21, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2018 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on "Cornea and Ocular Surface Biology and Pathology" will explore the mechanisms through which the cornea, conjunctiva, tear film and immune system operate under homeostatic and pathological conditions. With our ageing population, the chances of each of us experiencing a sight threatening eye condition is significantly increasing. The aim of the meeting is to share knowledge such that translation of fundamental research findings can be expedited into the development of sight saving modalities. Presentations will feature latest technologies in biological sciences such as the use of induced pluripotent stem cells, as well as genetics and global "omics" analysis for comprehensive studies. Novel interactions of the immune system with microorganisms and host tissue will also be discussed. Invited speakers represent a wide-range of scientific disciplines, including cell and molecular biology, neuronal biology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, immunology and microbiology. In addition, physician/scientists will discuss anterior segmental diseases that have commonality to pathologies seen in other specialties as a means to gain insight into such disease processes. By bringing together investigators outside of the ocular community as well as those at the forefront of ocular surface biology, the GRC on Cornea and Ocular Surface Biology and Pathology will provide unique opportunities for cross-fertilization among young investigators, including graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers with leaders in several fields.

The associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) is designed to allow and encourage graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, early career scientists and junior faculty to share their research in an active and non-intimidating research environment. Short talks and poster sessions are also encompassed in this seminar. The GRS will conclude by a mentoring session of early career and estabslished researchers worldwide and by an evaluation session.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Cornea and Ocular Surface Biology and Pathology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by October 18, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Latest Updates in Skin Biology
    (Shigeto Shimmura, Julie Daniels / Fiona Watt / Emi Nishimura)
  • Ocular Surface and Lacrimal Gland
    (Darlene Dartt / Kazuo Tsubota / Stefan Schrader / Sarah Knox / Pablo Argüeso)
  • Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    (Suzanne Fleiszig / Nicole Carnt / Michael Gilmore / Linda Hazlett)
  • Stromal Development, Disease and Therapy
    (Peter Lwigale / Andrew Quantock / Rajiv Mohan / Shukti Chakravarti)
  • Translational Research: In Search of New Therapies
    (Natalie Afshari / Graziella Pellegrini / Shigeru Kinoshita / Ryuhei Hayashi / George Cotsarelis)
  • Innate and Acquired Immunity in Corneal Pathophysiology
    (Pedram Hamrah / Reza Dana / Thomas Ritter / Sunil Chauhan / Virginia Calder)
  • Disease Models for Therapeutic Interventional Studies
    (James Jester / Hideyuki Okano / Winston Kao / Cintia De Paiva)
  • Tissue Homeostasis and Wound Healing
    (Robert Lavker / Ula Jurkunas / Mary Ann Stepp / Sayan Basu / Ursula Schloetzer-Schrehardt)
  • Mechanisms of Genetic Corneal Disease
    (Friedrich Kruse / Anthony Aldave / Alison Hardcastle)
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