Ophthalmology and Vision Seminars

The Vanderbilt Eye Institute is proud to support several seminar series in which top clinician-scientists and research scientists from institutions around the world present their latest studies and results. Guest speakers enjoy one-one-meetings with our faculty and informal discussions with our doctoral and post-doctoral fellows. Vision seminars and visiting professorships at Vanderbilt take many forms, ranging from clinical science to translational research that bridges findings from the laboratory with clinical applications to fundamental studies of vision. For more information, please contact David Calkins, Ph.D.



Austin Roorda, PhD
Professor of Optometry and Vision Science,
Head Graduate Advisor, Vision Science Program,
University of California, Berkeley
Title: In vivo, cellular-scale retinal structure and function in health and disease
Thursday, October 13th, 12:00 CST
Click here to register for zoom link


Machelle T. Pardue, PhD, FARVO, FAIMBE
Interim Chair and Professor,
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
Senior Research Career Scientist,
Atlanta VA Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation
Title: Using mouse models to elucidate retinal mechanisms of myopic eye growth
Thursday,  September 29th, 12:00 CST
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Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, PhD
 Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
 Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

March 24, 2022 | 4:00 p.m. | Location: 208 Light Hall
Sponsored by Vanderbilt Eye Institute Initiative in Regenerative Medicine, Center for Stem Cell Biology and Program in Developmental Biology
Join the live-stream here: https://mediasite.app.vumc.org/Mediasite/Play/aa80b4f9cb524a0587c27f671…


Biomedical Engineering and VEI Presents:


James G. Fujimoto, PhD
Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Visiting Professor of Ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts

March 10th at 4:00pm
“Translating Biomedical Imaging from the Laboratory to Clinical Practice”. 
Location: 214 Light Hall

March 11th at 7:00am
"Optical Coherence Tomography in Ophthalmology: Development, Advances and Future Prospects”
Location: Virtual
To register, CLICK HERE (Zoom registration link)

Vanderbilt Eye Institute Uveitis Symposium 2021


Distinguished Lecture Series 

Timothy Corson, PhD
Merrill Grayson Senior Associate Professor
Director of Basic and Translational Research
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute
Indiana University School of Medicine
Title: Ocular Neovascularization: New Mechanisms, Targets, 
and Treatments.
Monday Nov. 8th, 12:00p CST
To register CLICK HERE

Jason Meyer, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics and 
Department of Ophthalmology
Stark Neurosciences Research Institute
Indiana University School of Medicine
Title: Glial modulation of retinal ganglion cell dysfunction in a human stem cell model of glaucoma-associated neurodegeneration.
Tuesday Oct. 19th, 12:00p CST
To register CLICK HERE

John Fingert, MD, PhD
Director, Glaucoma Service and 
Glaucoma Research Center, 
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 
Carver College of Medicine,
University of Iowa School of Medicine
Title: Genetic and Glaucoma
Wednesday, Sept. 22nd CST

José-Alain Sahel, MD, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Ophthalmology University of Pittsburgh
Director, UPMC Eye Center
Cumberlege Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College of London
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Quinze-VingtsNational Eye Hospital and Rothschild Ophthalmology Foundation
Title: Gene therapies for neural retina degenerative conditions.
Thursday, February 9, 2021

Jacque Duncan, MD

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, UCSF 
Steven G. Kramer, MD, PhD, Endowed Chair, 
Vice Chair for Clinical Trials
Academic Director, Retina Service
Title: Cone Structure and Function in Retinal Degenerations
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Rachel Wong, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Biological Structure University of Washington
Title: Circuit assembly and reassembly in the vertebrate retina.
Thursday, November 10, 2020

Maria Grant, MD
Eivorand Alston Callahan Endowed Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Title: The Retina-Gut Axis: Does it have a role in diabetic retinopathy?
Thursday, September 18, 2020

Randy Kardon, MD, Ph.D.

Pomerantz Family Chair in Ophthalmology Director,
Neuro-Ophthalmology Service Director,
Iowa City VA Center of Excellence for Prevention and Treatment of Visual Loss
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Title: Photophobia –Diagnosis, Mechanisms and New Treatments
Thursday, August 17, 2020

The Annual Sternberg, Sr. Lectureship Series

April 8, 2019
Paul Lee, M.D., J.D.
F. Bruce Fralick Professor and Chair
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Director, W. K. Kellogg Eye Center
University of Michigan

April 9, 2018
Alexander J. Brucker, M.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology
Chief, Retina & Vitreous Service
Vice-Chair, Scheie Eye Institute
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Vision Research Seminar Series

April 11, 2018
David Berson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Brown University