Due to the success of the first two ISER/BrightFocus Glaucoma Symposia, the International Society for Eye Research (ISER) and BrightFocus Foundation are sponsoring their third bi-annual joint meeting on Concepts and Breakthroughs in Glaucoma at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia October 6-9, 2021. 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:

Francesca Cordeiro, MD, PhD
University College London and Imperial College
"DARC as a Biomarker of Disease"
Special introduction by
Anne Coleman, MD, PhD

Gareth Howell, PhD
The Jackson Laboratory
"The Benefits of Studying Eyes and Brains to Uncover Common Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Diseases"
Special introduction by
Rick Libby, PhD

Mark Johnson, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Northwestern University
"The Role of the Inner Wall of
Schlemm's Canal in Ocular Hypertension"

Special introduction by
Thom Freddo, OD, PhD

Hao Zhang, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Northwestern University
"Multiscale Imaging for Glaucoma Research, from Single Molecules to Humans"
Special introduction by
Joel Schuman, MD, FACS


John Danias, MD, PhD Luca Della Santina, PharmD, PhD J. Crawford Downs, PhD, FARVO
Yiqin Du, MD, PhD Brad Fortune, OD, PhD Kimberly Gokoffski, MD, PhD
Samuel Herberg, PhD Denise Inman, PhD Xiaorong Liu, PhD
Milica Margeta, MD, PhD Vicky Nguyen, PhD Harry Quigley, MD
Ahmara Ross, MD, PhD Ian Sigal, PhD Joanne Wen, MD
Judith West-Mays, PhD Janey Wiggs, MD, PhD Pete Williams, PhD

Preliminary Schedule

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.

Visit the BrightFocus Glaucoma Fast Track website

Abstract Submission

General Abstracts

Abstracts will be considered for poster or oral presentation. All primary authors must register for the full symposium. General Abstract submissions will close on May 19.

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. Travel Award Abstract submission will close on May 14.

Submit Abstracts Here

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.


Registration will open on May 19.


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!

View the Support Prospectus here or contact ISER at mail@iser.org for additional information.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Opens Wednesday, March 3
Travel Award Abstract Submission Closes Monday, May 14
Early Registration Opens Wednesday, May 19
Regular Abstract Submission Closes Wednesday, May 19
Last Day for Early Registration Monday, August 2
Preregistration Closes Monday, September 13