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

Malú Gámez Tansey, PhD
Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease
University of Florida
Neuroinflammation in Neurodegenerative Disease: Nexus of Glaucoma, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's and Related Dementias
Special introduction by
Diane Bovenkamp, 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 are now closed.

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.

In addition to our standard travel fellowships, we anticipate being able to offer a significant number of travel fellowships to members of under-represented groups in glaucoma research. The BrightFocus Underrepresented Minority fellowships are open to individuals of all nationalities, while other travel fellowships will be restricted to US Citizens/Permanent Residents. Travel Award Abstract submissions are now closed.

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 and Housing Pricing

This is an all-inclusive meeting. Your registration fee includes entrance to all symposium sessions*, housing for the nights of October 6, 7 and 8, breakfast, lunch, breaks and dinner.

A local registration category is available for residents of the Atlanta metropolitan area that do not require housing, breakfast or dinner. Please contact the ISER office at mail@iser.org to register at the local rate.

*Thursday's BrightFocus Glaucoma Fast Track registration is sold separately unless you are a travel awardee.

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You may also register by downloading a PDF Registration Form and submitting it via email, fax, or mail, as listed on the form.

ISER/BrightFocus Glaucoma Symposium
Thursday, October 7, 7:00 AM - Saturday, October 9, 12:00 PM

Your registration fee includes entrance to all symposium general sessions (BrightFocus Glaucoma Fast Track sold separately), housing and dinner for the nights of October 6, 7 and 8, breakfast, lunch, breaks on October 7-8, and breakfast on October 9.

BrightFocus Glaucoma Fast Track
Wednesday, October 6, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Geared for students, post-docs and junior faculty within 10 years of terminal degree, but open to everyone. The BrightFocus Glaucoma Fast TrackSM registration includes Fast Track sessions, housing for the night of October 5, dinner on October 5, and breakfast, breaks, and lunch on October 6.

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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.

ISER and BrightFocus Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors for contributing to the ISER/BrightFocus Glaucoma Symposium:

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Opens Wednesday, March 3
Early Registration Opens Wednesday, May 19
Travel Award Abstract Submission Closes Tuesday, June 1
Regular Abstract Submission Closes Tuesday, June 1
Last Day for Early Registration Friday, August 13
Preregistration Closes Monday, September 13