Due to the success of the first ISER/BrightFocus Glaucoma Symposium, the International Society for Eye Research (ISER) and BrightFocus Foundation are sponsoring their second bi-annual joint meeting on Concepts and Breakthroughs in Glaucoma at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia October 23-26, 2019. Join us for an innovative scientific program focused on Glaucoma.

This symposium will bring together leaders in the field of glaucoma to discuss concepts and breakthroughs for the condition. We will employ a Gordon Conference format, anticipating that the intimate setting will encourage informal interaction and will offer ample opportunity to refresh or form new collaborations, develop novel hypotheses, and make new friends.

World-class keynote speakers:

Ursula Schlötzer-Schrehardt, PhD
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
"Exfoliation Syndrome and Glaucoma: From Genetic Association to Disease Mechanisms"

Moderated by Robert Ritch, MD
New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

Paul L. Kaufman, MD
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health
"Modern Regulation of Conventional Aqueous Outflow"

Moderated by Ellen Liberman, PhD
National Eye Institute

Ted S. Acott, PhD
Casey Eye Institute
School of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
"The Outflow Resistance, Intraocular Pressure Homeostasis, Outflow Segmentation and Glaucoma"

Moderated by Donna Peters, PhD
University of Wisconsin


Felipe A. Medeiros, MD, PhD
Department of Ophthalmology
Duke University
"Artificial Intelligence in Glaucoma: The Next Frontier"

Moderated by Joel Schuman, MD, FACS
NYU Langone Eye Center

Budd A. Tucker, PhD
Institute for Vision Research
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
University of Iowa
"Treating Heritable Blindness"

Moderated by Jason Meyer, PhD
Indiana University School of Medicine

Adriana Di Polo, PhD
Department of Neuroscience and Ophthalmology
University of Montreal
"New Insights into Retinal Ganglion Cell Dysfunction and Damage in Glaucoma"

Moderated by Nicholas Marsh-Armstrong, PhD
University of California, Davis

Platform Session Moderators

• Michael Anderson, PhD • Terete Borras, PhD • Michael Fautsch, PhD
• John Fingert, MD, PhD • Simon John, PhD • Elaine Johnson,PhD
• Mary Kelley, PhD • Markus Kuehn, PhD • Rick Libby, PhD
• James Morgan, FRCOphth, PhD • Becky Sappington, MS, PhD • Ernst Tamm, MD
• Alejandra Bosco, DSc, PhD • Romain Cartoni, PhD • Michael Elliott, PhD
• Mrinalini Hoon, PhD • Kate Keller, PhD • Krish Kizhatil, PhD
• Raquel Lieberman, PhD • Vijay Raghunathan, MSc, PhD • Janice Vranka, PhD
• Gulab Zode, PhD

Rand Allingham Memorial Platform Session

Thursday, October 24


• Bruce Shields, MD
• Barbara Wirostko, MD
• Yutao Liu, MD, PhD


• Mike Hauser, PhD • Janey Wiggs, MD, PhD • Ross Ethier, PhD
• John Berdahl, MD • Joanne Wen, MD • Sy Moroi, MD, PhD

BrightFocus Glaucoma Fast Track

There will be a pre-symposium BrightFocus Glaucoma Fast TrackSM workshop which will offer attendees an immersive environment to learn and discuss some of the foundational knowledge and recent discoveries in glaucoma research through close interaction with established leaders in the field. You may register for the workshop at the same time you register for the symposium (information and a link to the registration page can be found in the "Registration" section below).

Visit the BrightFocus Glaucoma Fast Track website

Speakers / Moderators

• Diane Bovenkamp, PhD • Claude Burgoyne, MD • Abe Clark, PhD
• Adriana Di Polo, PhD • John Fingert, MD, PhD • Eldon Geisert, PhD
• Colleen McDowell, PhD • Cameron Millar, PhD • John Morrison, MD
• Rob Nickells, PhD • Iok-Hou Pang, PhD • Rebecca Sappington, PhD
• Joel Schuman, MD, FACS • Dan Stamer, PhD • Monica Vetter, PhD

Abstract Submission

General Abstracts

Abstracts will be considered for poster or oral presentation. All primary authors must register for the full symposium. Deadline to submit, June 21.

Travel Award Abstracts

To be eligible for consideration of a travel award, you must be a student, postdoc within 5 years of terminal degree, or faculty within ten years of terminal degree. You must also check the box on the form that you wish to be considered for a travel award. Deadline to submit, May 24.

ISER and BrightFocus strive for full participation of women, persons with disabilities, and under-represented minorities in the meeting and encourage such individuals to attend and apply for Travel Awards.

Preliminary Program


Full Registration for the BrightFocus Glaucoma Fast Track includes the following:

  • • Access to all the scientific sessions on Wednesday, October 23
  • • Hotel room at the Emory Conference Center Hotel for the night of Tuesday, October 22
  • • Dinner on Tuesday, October 22
  • • Breakfast and lunch on Wednesday October 23

Full Registration for the ISER/BrightFocus Glaucoma Symposium includes the following:

  • • Access to all the scientific sessions from Thursday, October 24 - Saturday, October 26
  • • 3 nights hotel room stay at the Emory Conference Center Hotel beginning the night of Wednesday, October 23
  • • Dinner on Wednesday, October 23
  • • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25
  • • Breakfast and lunch on Saturday, October 26
  • • Receptions
BrightFocus Glaucoma Fast Track Registration Rates
Full Rate$325
Local Rate *$175

ISER/BrightFocus Glaucoma Symposium Registration Rates
 Early Rate Thru Aug. 9Late Rate After Aug. 9
Full Member$1,025$1,125
Full Non-Member$1,175 $1,275
Full Young Investigator$950 $1,050
Local Member * $500 $550
Local Non-Member * $650 $700
Local Young Investigator * $425 $475

If you have an existing ISER account click HERE to register.
If you do not have an ISER account please download and fill out a PDF registration form HERE.

* The local registration fee is only available to attendees that live in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Your address will be verified before your registration is processed. Your registration fee includes entrance to all symposium sessions and events, breaks and lunch (breakfast, dinner and housing not included).

Please fill out and return a PDF Registration Form to register at the local rate.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations must be submitted in writing by fax to +1-415-561-8531 or by email to mail@iser.org.

  • • Requests received on or before October 15: $150 cancellation fee
  • • Requests received on or after October 16: no refunds


Help ISER and the BrightFocus Foundation fulfill their goal of providing a unique, international platform for dissemination of cutting-edge knowledge and advances in glaucoma research and treatment. Your sponsorship will associate your brand with innovation and a commitment to scientific discoveries in the treatment of this disease!

Have a look at the ISER/BrightFocus Glaucoma Symposium Support Prospectus for more details.

Click here to download the prospectus as a PDF.

Important Deadlines

March 20 Abstract Submission Opens
May 24    Travel Award Abstract Submission Closes
June 5      Early Registration Opens
June 21    Regular Abstract Submission Closes
August 9   Early Registration Closes
October 1  Registration and Housing Close