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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Calendar of Events

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute hosts a number of lectures and seminars, open to ophthalmologists, vision researchers, the University of Miami community and, in some instances, the general public. For a complete schedule of Continuing Medical Education events for the 2013-14 academic year, you may download the brochure with registration forms. If you wish to obtain additional information about any of these events please contact the respective coordinator.

McKnight Vision Research Seminar- Presenter: Dr. Bradford Lee, Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Calendar: McKnight Vision Research Seminars

“Stem Cell, Genetics, and Tissue Engineering Applications in Oculofacial Plastic Surgery”

Oculofacial plastic surgery is unique within ophthalmology in that abundant tissues are harvested from the eyelids, orbits, and other parts of the body. Oculoplastic surgeons harvest skin, orbicularis muscle, the tarsus of the eyelid, conjunctiva, Mueller’s muscle, orbital fat, orbital bone, extraocular muscle, and numerous types of eyelid, conjunctival and orbital tumors. Oculoplastic surgeons and plastic surgeons can also harvest mesenchymal adipose tissue during liposuction procedures that provide an abundant source of mesechymal adipose-derived stem cells, which have been shown through numerous studies to have pluripotential activities. From a clinical standpoint, these types of cells have been used for therapeutic as well as cosmetic applications. This abundant availability of tissue provides fertile ground for genetic, stem cell, and tissue engineering applications. This talk serves as a forum to discuss potential research collaboration opportunities between members of the UM research community and the division of oculoplastic surgery.