Miami Sponsors 2023 Aging Eye Summit

Monday, May 15, 2023

9:00am – registration
9:30am – program begins
1:30pm – program concludes (includes lunch)

To Register
The Aging Eye Summit will be held in person at Miami University and on-line. Registration is free and open to the public.

To attend in person:

To attend on-line:

Join us for the 2023 Aging Eye Summit in-person or virtually to learn from our great line-up of speakers about:

  • What is new in research and clinical care of the lens and the retina including development and regeneration.
  • Aging eye diseases including cataract, diabetes related retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
  • Low vision resources and other resources.
  • Providing support to older adults with eye disease and low vision

For: health, aging network, public health and rehabilitation professionals, patients and caregivers, clinicians, social workers, students, vision researchers, government employees, the bio-tech industry, and others interested in vision health.

Summit Agenda & Speakers

Continuing Education
Approved: 3.5 CEUs are available for ACVREP, Occupational Therapy, and Optometry

The Aging Eye Summit will be held at Miami University in the Psychology Building, Room -125, 90 N. Patterson Ave., Oxford, OH 45056

North Campus Garage, 645 E Withrow St., Oxford, Ohio 45056

A block of rooms is being held at The Marcum Hotel & Conference Center until May 1, 2023.
Room cost is $119.00 plus tax and includes free parkingThe Marcum is approximately a five minute walk to the Psychology Building.
Call the hotel to book your reservation at 513-529-6911. Ask for Block Name: OAPB0523.
Please note: there is not a reservation link as the hotel is switching to a new reservation system.

Contact Us:
Laura Schwartz
Phone: 614-464-2020 ext.112 or toll free @ 800-301-2020 ext. 112

Planning Committee: Andrew Hartwick, OD, Ph.D. (Chair), The Ohio State University, College of Optometry; Katia Del Rio-Tsonis, Ph.D. and Michael Robinson, Ph.D., Miami University; Jackie Davis, OD, MPH, and Dean VanNasdale, OD, Ph.D. – The Ohio State University, College of Optometry;  Marcus J. Molea, Ohio Department of Aging (retired); Mary Jo McGuire, MS, OTR/L, Neha Sharma, Center for Ophthalmic  Bioinformatics, Cleveland Clinic;  Amy Pulles, David Monder, and Laura Schwartz -Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate.

The Aging Eye Summit is presented by: Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership, The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness, and is hosted by Miami University.

Miami Alumna Natalia Vergara Ph.D. ‘08 to Speak at Upcoming Events

Natalia Vergara Ph.D. ’08, an alumna of Miami University, will speak at two events at Miami’s Oxford campus this March.

She will deliver a Department of Biology seminar at 4:15pm in 218 Pearson Hall on Thursday, March 30, 2023. Her talk is titled “Stem cell-derived retinal organoids: from developmental insights to therapeutic promise”.

Dr. Vergara was a Ph.D. student in Professor Katia Del Rio-Tsonis’ lab from 2002 to 2008, as well as a postdoctoral fellow. then completed a second postdoctoral fellowship at John Hopkins. Vergara is currently an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Ocular Development and Translational Technologies Laboratory at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Professor Michael Robinson and Professor Del Rio-Tsonis are currently collaborating with Dr. Vergara on some of her retinal organoid work that received two NIH award competitions: the 3D Retinal Organoid Challenge.

Dr. Vergara will be presenting an informal talk to Miami University’s SACNAS chapter and other students, staff, and interested faculty: “Navigating the academic journey as a minority: thoughts, experiences, and lessons learned”. This event will start at 4:30 as a social event until 5pm when Dr. Vergara’s presentation will start (007 Pearson Hall).

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