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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. Maria Valeria Canto-Soler, Asst. Professor- Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Calendar: McKnight Vision Research Seminars

Presentation title: “3D retinal organoids: new frontiers for stem cell-based clinical applications”

The establishment of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology has opened an array of possibilities for the development of therapies for retinal diseases. In an effort to bring hiPSC closer to the clinical arena, we recently established a novel strategy to direct hiPSC to differentiate into retinal organoids that faithfully recreate the histoarchitectural organization of the human neural retina in vivo, including highly differentiated functional photoreceptors. In this seminar I will present the most relevant aspects of our 3D retinal organoid system, and discuss the challenges and opportunities this system presents for clinical applications.