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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. Markus H. Frank, A.B., M.D.

Calendar: McKnight Vision Research Seminars

Markus H. Frank, A.B., M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatric and Dermatology
Harvard Medical School Transplant Research Program, Boston Children’s Hospital;
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Medical Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia; Staff Physician, Bedford VA Medical Center

“Stem Cell-Targeted Approaches to Tissue Regeneration and Cancer”

The ATP-binding cassette member ABCB5 identifies normal tissue-specific stem cells in human limbus and skin, and, when overexpressed in malignant tissues, marks tumor-initiating cells in diverse human cancers. Furthermore, critical functional roles of ABCB5 in stem cell maintenance have recently been discovered. Here, Dr. Frank will discuss the use of ABCB5 and related stem cell molecular pathways in novel stem cell-targeted approaches to tissue regeneration and cancer.