Clinical Translation Conference 2013

7th Annual Berkeley Conference on Translational Research
"Understanding & Controlling Myopia — Successes & Remaining Challenges"
August 17-18, 2013

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14th International Myopia Conference
"Successes, Challenges, and the Way Ahead in Myopia Research"

(Memorializing the Contribution to Myopia Research of Josh Wallman)
August 19-22, 2013

The Berkeley Clinical Science Development Program (BCSDP) is pleased to announce "Understanding & Controlling Myopia — Successes & Remaining Challenges," the Seventh Annual Berkeley Conference on Translational Research, an exciting one-and-one-half day meeting on the UC Berkeley campus on August 17-18, 2013, featuring high-profile, internationally-recognized myopia researchers converging on Northern California for the International Myopia Conference, and focused on the interests and needs of clinicians and trainee clinicians involved in the management of myopic patients.

Understanding and Controlling Myopia (Berkeley Conference)

What do you know about controlling myopia progression & managing high myopia?

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  1. Did you know that CRT (ortho-k) can slow myopia progression in children, measured in terms of axial length changes, by about 50%?
  2. Did you know that some concentric bifocal soft contact lenses that are already approved for presbyopia, can also reduce myopia progression by about 50%?
  3. Did you know that the human choroid can thicken (just as in chickens), when eyes are exposed acutely to myopic defocus (e.g., wearing plus lenses), leading to an apparent shrinkage of axial length and reduction in myopia?
  4. Did you know that topical atropine in a very low concentration more in keeping with homeopathy practice, with only small, short-lived effects on pupil size and accommodation, can slow myopia progression by about the same amount as the above contact lenses?
  5. Did you know that a new drug, 7-methylxanthine (in a totally new class, adenosine analog), has already been approved for use as an ORAL tablet to control myopia progression in children in Denmark?
  6. Did you know spending time outdoors helps to slow myopia progression and lowers the risk of becoming myopic, although they reason for this protective effect is not well understood?
  7. Did you know that ~96% of ALL young adult males in Seoul, South Korea, are now myopic, arguing that genes are likely more a determinant of susceptibility than an absolute determinant of myopia?
  8. Do you know that very long, highly myopic eyes become mechanically unstable and thus will show myopia progression, despite intervention with improvements in visual hygiene and/or optical interventions, thereby requiring more invasive and risky intervention with scleral buckles inserted under general anesthesia?
  9. Did you know that all myopes carry an increased risk of retinal detachment, maculopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma, and it is only the relative risk that changes with the amount of myopia?
  10. Do you know that the parents of myopic children are frequently better informed about the causes of myopia progression and potential new treatments than the clinicians they consult?

If “I don’t know” was your answer to any of these questions, turn over to learn how to register for the above conference, which should be a “must attend” for you.

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Representative list of speakers and topics at the Seventh Annual Berkeley Conference on Translational Research
  • Ian Flitcroft, MD (Children’s Univ Hospital, Dublin) — The myopia epidemic
  • Jay Neitz, PhD (Dept Ophthalmology Univ Washington) — Relative activity of L & M cone photoreceptors
  • David Atchison OD, PhD (Queensland Univ of Technology) — Refractive error-related eye shape differences
  • Hema Radhakrishnan, PhD, MCOptom (Univ Manchester) — Peripheral refractive errors and myopia progression
  • Nicola Logan PhD, MCOptom (Aston Univ, UK) — Prevalence of refractive error in multi-ethnic UK children
  • Robert Wojciechowski, OD, PhD (Wilmer Eye Institute) — GWAS and the complex genetics of myopia
  • Tom Aller, OD (Private Optometric Practice, CA) — Clinical management of progressive myopia
  • Jeff Walline, OD, PhD (Ohio State Univ College of Optometry) — Corneal reshaping myopia control
  • Audrey Chia, FRANZCO (Singapore National Eye Center) — Atropine treatment of myopia
  • Klaus Trier, MD (Trier Research Labs, Denmark) — 7-methylxanthine: a new anti-myopia treatment
  • Brian Ward, MD, PhD (Retinal Diagnostic Center, Campbell) — Scleral buckling as a support surgery for high myopia
  • Earl Smith III, OD, PhD, (Univ Houston College of Optometry) — Ambient lighting and vision-induced myopia
  • Maria Liu, MD, OD, PhD (Univ California, Berkeley Optometry) — Effects of complex visual environments
  • Sally McFadden, PhD (Univ Newcastle) — Temporal and spatial constraints on ocular growth and myopia
  • Jez Guggenheim, OD, PhD (Polytechnic Univ HK) — Gene-environment interactions shape myopia development
  • Machelle Pardue, PhD (Emory Univ School Medicine) — Altered retinal processing and myopia susceptibility in mice
  • Michael Collins, PhD (Queensland Univ Technology) — Choroidal accommodation in humans
  • Amanda Alvarez, PhD (Quondam, UC Berkeley) — Quantifying the visual environment and behavior in myopes
  • Jay Stewart, MD (Univ Calif San Francisco) — Applications of cross-linking technologies to corneal disease & myopia
  • John Phillips, MCOptom (Univ Auckland) — Setting up a myopia control clinic

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Josh Wallman

The Fourteenth International Myopia Conference (IMC) will be a two and a half-day research-focused meeting, with emphasis on innovation and translation, with the needs of junior researchers given special attention. Abstract submission for the IMC is now open (see link below).

The 2013 International Myopia Conference will memorialize the many contributions to the field of myopia research of Josh Wallman, a long-term faculty member in the Department of Biology of City College, City University of New York, who pioneered the use of the avian model for understanding eye growth and made invaluable contributions to vision research and the field of myopia. He succumbed to pancreatic cancer on March 3, 2012. He will be remembered for his promotion of young researchers, his scientific acumen, and also his wit, which never faltered.

Please mark the dates in your calendar and follow the conference links for details about registration, International Myopia Conference abstract submission, accommodations, and other conference-related information.

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