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  • Total Recall: Compliance without Calamity

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/18/2019 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Join us for this session to learn more about handling recalls.

    Product recalls can occur at any time, therefore it is important for eye banks to have a plan that can be implemented in a timely manner to ensure patient safety.

    During this webinar, planned by the Quality Assurance and Technician Education Committees, speakers will discuss the recent Altaire Pharmaceuticals recall and the regulatory, logistical, and operational aspects of implementing the recall.  Attendees will learn more about the recall of the critical supply, what steps should be taken when similar situations arise, and how two eye banks responded to the recall to ensure the safety of tissue and the continuation of eye bank processes. Attend this session to learn more about how other organizations navigated the recall and how to prepare for an unexpected recall in the future.

    Matthew Arnett

    Dakota Lions Sight & Health

    Matthew Arnett is the Chief Quality Officer of Dakota Lions Sight & Health (DLSH) where he has worked since 2013. Prior to joining DLSH, he worked as an analytical chemist for a FDA-regulated pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturing firm. Matthew currently serves as Chair of the EBAA Quality Assurance Committee and has also served on the Mary Jane O'Neill Fellowship in International Eye Banking Selection Committee and as a guest faculty member of the 2019 Technician Education Seminar. When not at work, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family (wife & son), cheering for the Green Bay Packers as a partial (1/360,760th) owner of the team, and brewing his own beer in a custom designed brewery in his garage.

    Ingrid Schunder, MBA, CEBT

    Miacles in Sight

    Ingrid Schunder, MBA, CEBT, began her career in eye banking in 1999 and has been with Miracles In Sight since 2013. In her current role as Vice President of Logistics and Development, Ingrid is responsible for the day to day logistical operations of both North and South Carolina. This includes the supervision and ongoing training of the Surgical Recovery Specialists who perform ocular tissue recoveries as well as the Professional Development Staff servicing the hospitals, Medical Examiners, Coroners and Funeral Homes of North and South Carolina. Ingrid is currently a member of the Technician Education Committee and has served on the faculty for the Technician Education Seminar for the past three years.

    Brian Philippy, CEBT

    Lions Medical Eye Bank and Research Center of Eastern Virginia

    Brian Philippy, CEBT, started eye banking in 1997 in Minnesota when he was a young pup. Now residing in beautiful Northern Michigan, Brian's family of four contains three eye bankers! The passion for restoring sight and the altruism and ethics unique to our profession are contagious.

    Jennifer DeMatteo, MCM, CIC

    Eye Bank Association of America

    Jennifer DeMatteo, MCM, CIC, is the Director of Regulations and Standards for the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA). She oversees the EBAA Accreditation program, Medical Standards process and serves as their regulatory liaison. She received her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree in clinical microbiology from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University). She was responsible for directing the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Employee Health programs and personnel in major tertiary hospital and ambulatory care settings.  Jennifer has been a Healthcare Epidemiologist for over 20 years and is certified in Infection Control & Epidemiology (CBIC).

  • Developing Ambassadors to Promote Your Organization’s Mission

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/06/2019

    Purchase this session to get ideas of programs that you can start at your eye bank!

    Sharing the transformative effect of donation and transplantation is an essential objective of any eye bank or organ procurement organization (OPO). While organizational staff can play a large role in sharing these stories, oftentimes, the message is most powerful when delivered directly from the people who have been most impacted. Identifying and developing individuals to become ambassadors for your organization can be difficult but designing a strong program can lead to having group of individuals who are able to speak knowledgeably and meaningful about your organization and increases the number of stories you are able to share with the public and various community and business partners.  

    This session will highlight the programs that two eye banks and two OPOs have in place to connect with cornea transplant recipients and donor families and develop them into ambassadors to promote the organization’s message and overall donation. The speakers will provide specific examples of programs such as developing a speaker’s bureau, creating specific campaigns and telling stories digitally, working with physicians to reach recipients, training individuals to go out into the community to speak on the organization’s behalf, and much more! 

    Jerilyn Giardina

    Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley

    Jerilyn Giardina began her career in eye banking in 2014. Since joining the LEBDV team, Jerilyn has served as Community Relations Manager and is currently LEBDV’s Director of Partner Relations and Community Outreach. Some of Jerilyn’s contributions to the Eye Bank’s mission include launching the Recipient Kit Program, LEBDV’s Annual Cornea Transplant Luncheon and most recently the Heartfelt Collection of Quotes and Letters for donor families.

    Colleen Duran

    Gift of Life Donor Program

    Colleen Duran is the Volunteer Coordinator for Gift of Life Donor Program, the organ procurement organization that serves eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. In addition to managing the Volunteer Ambassador program, Colleen also coordinates their high school education outreach efforts. Prior to joining Gift of Life, Colleen worked with multiple nonprofits and government agencies to help them build strong, engaging volunteer and outreach programs, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Reading is Fundamental, AmeriCorps, and Peace Corps.

    Rebecca Grossman

    SightLife

    Rebecca Grossman serves as the Senior Manager of Family Services and Community Engagement at SightLife. Rebecca Grossman graduated the University of Vermont with her social work degree. Before her time at SightLife she worked in child welfare traveling around the country training volunteers who work with children and teens in foster care. In her spare time she enjoys the many outdoor activities available in the northwest, is a co-producer of a story telling show, and taking pictures of her cat Frank.

    Sirdaria Williams

    Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency

    Sirdaria "Sid" Williams is a Community Educator for LOPA (Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency). Her role with LOPA pools her cumulative experience in public relations, strategic communications, public speaking, digital and social media. Sid is very involved with LOPA's social media efforts, as well as their college partnerships to spread awareness about donation and increase Louisiana's donor registry.

    In fact, Sid first learned about organ, tissue and eye donation while in graduate school at Louisiana State University. She spent two years as a teacher's assistant for a public relations campaigns class that partners with LOPA every semester to increase the donor registry while spreading awareness on and off-campus. As she helped guide students through their campaigns, she fell in love with LOPA’s core purpose to "Make Life Happen" and has helped to promote the cause ever since.   

    Fred Jordan

    Miracles in Sight

    Fred Jordan, FSL, has been with Miracles In Sight since 2001. Fred is licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina as a Funeral Director/Embalmer. Over his many years with Miracles In Sight, Fred has fulfilled the roles of Surgical Recovery Specialist, Lab Technician, Professional Development Specialist and is now Director of Development. He currently serves as Chair of the EBAA Donor Development Committee.

  • 2019 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum

    Contains 30 Component(s), Includes Credits

    If you missed the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in San Francisco, California on October 11, purchase this complete package today!

    The Eye Bank Association of America and the Cornea Society hosted the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum on October 11, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. The event highlighted the latest developments in cornea and eye banking and potential options that are on the horizon, while also encouraging discussion and questions from the floor. The day-long event received rave reviews from attendees and is now available for purchase.

    The online package includes access to hours of on-demand sessions including:

    • Presentation of 25 scientific free papers
    • The R. Townley Paton Award Lecture: Defining Competency for Cornea Surgeons: Fellowship and Beyond
    • The Richard C. Troutman Prize Lecture: Optimized Protocol for Regeneration of the Conjunctival Epithelium Using the Cell Suspension Technique
    • Two mini-symposia on “The Future of Eye Banking and Corneal Transplantation”
      • Management of Limbal Stem Cells Deficiency and Corneal Stromal Opacification
      • Management of Corneal Endothelial Dysfunction

    Congratulations to Shruti Sinha, MBBS, MS, from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/ Harvard Medical School, on receiving the Best Paper of Session Award for her presentation, Prevalence of Persistent Corneal Epithelial Defects in Chronic Ocular Graft-Versus-Host Disease. The Best Paper of Session Award is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Miracles in Sight.

    Host Organizations

    The Eye Bank Association of America
    The vision of the Eye Bank Association of America is the restoration of sight worldwide. The oldest transplant association in the United States, the EBAA is the nationally-recognized accrediting body for eye banks. Since 1961, EBAA member eye banks have provided tissue for over 2 million sight restoring corneal transplants. The EBAA champions the restoration of sight through core services to its members which advance donation, transplantation and research in their communities and throughout the world.

    Cornea Society
    The Cornea Society was founded in 1975 in recognition of the contributions of its namesake, Ramon Castroviejo, MD, a consummate educator and a pioneer in corneal transplantation. The Society has fostered the exchange of information about the cornea and anterior segment of the eye through scientific meetings, communications, and a quality scientific journal and newsletter. It thrives today as an international organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about the cornea and external eye and serves as the collective voice of corneal specialists globally and with governmental agencies domestically.

    The Future of Eye Banking and Corneal Transplantation I
    Management of Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency and Cornea l Stroma l Opacification: Where Are We Heading?
    Moderators: Anthony J. Aldave, MD, and Michelle K. Rhee, MD
    Panelists:
    Nasim Annabi, PhD, University o f California, Los Angeles
    Sophie Deng, MD, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
    Jod S. Mehta, PhD, MBBS, FRCOphth, FRCS (Ed), FAMS, Singapore National Eye Centre
    Muralidhar Ramappa, MD, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute

     

    Mesenchymal Stem Cells Derived-Exosomes as Novel Therapies for Corneal Scarring
    Hon Shing Ong, MBBS, MSc, FRCOphth, FRCS(Ed), FAMS, Singapore National Eye Centre / Singapore Eye Research Institute

     

    Can Guttae Formation in Fuchs Dystrophy be Prevented by Inhibition of Rho-kinase Signaling Pathway?
    Friedrich E. Kruse, MD, Univeristy of Erlangen-Nuremberg

     

    Alpha-Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone Attenuates Oxidative Stress and Inflammatory Cytokine-Induced Endothelial Cell Loss in Eye Bank-Stored Corneas
    Zala Luznik, MD, PhD, Schepens Eye Research Institute/ Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/ Harvard Medical School

     

    Long Term Clinical Outcomes after Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty in Patients with Previous Glaucoma Surgery
    Clemence Bonnet, MD, Stein Eye Institute, UCLA

     

    DSAEK Failure in Eyes with Pre-Existing Glaucoma
    Jennifer Y. Li, MD, University of California, Davis

     

    Long Term Outcomes after Endothelial Keratoplasty Among Medicare Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries
    Divya Srikumaran, MD, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute

     

    Sterile Vitritis after Boston Type 1 Keratoprosthesis Implantation: Incidence, Risk Factors and Outcomes
    Reza Ghaffari, MD, Stein Eye Institute, UCLA

     

     The Barcelona Principles, Eye Banking and the World Health Organization
    Graeme Pollock, PhD, Centre for Eye Research Australia, The University of Melbourne

     

    Prevalence of Persistent Corneal Epithelial Defects in Chronic Ocular Graft-Versus-Host Disease
    Shruti Sinha, MBBS, MS, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/ Harvard Medical School

     

    5 Years After Phacoemulsification with or without CyPass Micro-Stent: Corneal Endothelial Cell Loss and Morphometric Changes
    Beth Ann Benetz, CRA, FOPS, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Eye Institute/Cornea Image Analysis Reading Center

     

    Efficacy of the Narrow-Band Ultraviolet (UV) Light in Antifungal Decontamination of Donor Corneal Grafts for DSAEK Contaminated During Microkeratome Preparation - Preliminary Results
    Eric Abdullayev, MD, MBA, CEBT, Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research

     
    Corneal Tissue Stored in Hypothermic Medium with Amphotericin B Supplementaton: Clinical Outcomes after DMEK Surgery
    Theofilos Tourtas, MD, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg


    Cornea Preservation Time Study Graft Success Factors: A New Data Analytic Approach and Findings
    Jonathan Lass, MD, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Eye Institute

     

    The Future of Eye Banking and Corneal Transplantation II
    Management of Corneal Endothelial Dysfunction: Where Are We Heading?
    Moderators: Michelle K. Rhee, MD and Anthony J. Aldave, MD
    Panelists:
    Noriko Koizumi, MD, Doshisha University, Kyotanabe
    Shigeto Shimmura, MD, Keio University School of Medicine 
    Marian Macsai, MD, NorthShore University Health System
    Ula Jurkunas, MD, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Schepens Eye Institute/Harvard Medical School

      

    Five-Year Clinical Outcomes after Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK): Results of the First 500 Consecutive Cases
    Lamis Baydoun, MD, Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery

     

    Comparison Between Preloaded and Non-Preloaded Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty
    Myriam Bohm, MD, MSc, Schepens Eye Research Institute / Massachusettes Eye and Ear Infirmary / Harvard Medical School

     

    Comparison of Cell Viability and Tissue Evaluation for Endothelium in Preloaded DMEK Grafts
    Shin-Yi Chen, MD, Devers Eye Institute/Lions VisionGift

     

    Evaluation of the Long Term Visual Outcomes of DSAEK and DMEK in the Fellow Eye of the Same Patient
    Han Yang Yin, MD, SUNY Upstate Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

     

    Corneal Higher-Order Aberrations in Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty versus Ultrathin DSAEK in the Descemet Endothelial Thickness Comparison Trial: 24 Month Follow-Up
    Caitlin Kakigi, MD, Oregon Health and Science University

     

    Diagnostic Performance of Regional Three-dimensional Endothelium/Descemet's Thickness in Active Corneal Graft Rejection
    Taher Eleiwa, MD, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

     

    Post-Keratoplasty Acute Endophthalmitis
    Shilpa Das, MD, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute

     

    Randomized Trial of Netarsudil for Prevention of Post-Keratoplasty Steroid-Associated Ocular Hypertension
    Marianne Price, PhD, Cornea Research Foundation of America

     

    DMEK Donor Preparation - A New Lamellar Dissection Technique
    Donald Tan, FRCS, Singapore National Eye Centre

     

    Postoperative Safety of FDA-Approved Epithelium-Off Corneal Cross-Linking (Epi-Off CXL) in a Community-Based Health Care System
    Naveen Chandra, MD, The Permanente Medical Group

     

    Comparison of Clinical Characteristics of Neuropathic Corneal Pain Patients After Photorefractive Keratectomy and Laser In Situ Keratomileusis
    Betul N. Bayraktutar, MD, Tufts Medical Center

     

    DREAM Study of Dry Eye: Exploratory Outcomes (MMP9, Keratography) and Two-Year Follow-Up
    Penny Asbell, MD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center


    Best Paper of Session Award
    Presented by Elmer Tu, MD; Woodford Van Meter, MD; and Dean Vavra, CEBT
    Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Miracles in Sight

    EBAA and the Cornea Society gratefully acknowledge the unrestricted educational grants received in support of the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum:

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  • 2019 R. Townley Paton Award Lecture: Defining Competency for Cornea Surgeons: Fellowship and Beyond

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    If you were unable to attend the 2019 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in San Francisco, CA, where Dr. Shahzad Mian was awarded the R. Townley Paton Award, view the free lecture here!

    During the 2019 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in San Francisco, CA, Dr. Shahzad Mian was awarded the R. Townley Paton Award and delivered the R. Towley Paton Award Lecture titled, "Defining Competency for Cornea Surgeons:  Fellowship and Beyond." Attend the complimentary lecture here!

    W. Barry Lee, MD, FACS

    2018 R. Townley Paton Award Recipient

    Shahzad Mian, MD

    2019 R. Townley Paton Award Recipient

  • Prevalence of Persistent Corneal Epithelial Defects in Chronic Ocular Graft-Versus-Host Disease

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/11/2019

    The 2019 Best Paper of Session for the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum was awarded to Shruti Sinha, MBBS, MS, from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School, for the presentation, "Prevalence of Persistent Corneal Epithelial Defects in Chronic Ocular Graft-Versus-Host Disease."

    The 2019 Best Paper of Session for the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum was awarded to Shruti Sinha, MBBS, MS, from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School, for the presentation, "Prevalence of Persistent Corneal Epithelial Defects in Chronic Ocular Graft-Versus-Host Disease."

    Listen to the presentation for free!

  • Eye Donation Month: Using EBAA Materials to Promote Your Eye Bank and the Gift of Sight

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Check out this free session to learn more about Eye Donation Month materials!

    November is Eye Donation Month, and EBAA has prepared a marketing toolkit filled with promotional materials for your organization. Find out how to best use the collateral that has been developed, and the theme “The Power of You”  to share your mission and promote cornea donation within your community. EBAA’s public relations consultants, Denise Gavilan and Dave Harrison, and EBAA Communications Manager, Colleen Bayus, will present the tools and discuss best practices for spreading the word about your eye bank’s work to the media to gain publicity and support for your mission. The speakers will also introduce a fun month-long social media campaign to keep the Eye Donation Month buzz going throughout all of November. Attendees will also hear an eye bank professional share their past Eye Donation Month successes which increased awareness about their eye bank and cornea donation, ultimately strengthening important relationships and developing new ones. The session will close with the premiere of this year’s Eye Donation Month video.

    Denise Gavilan

    Gavilan and Associates

    Denise Gavilan is owner and marketing strategist of Gavilan & Associates, an award-winning consulting firm based in Annandale, VA. Denise’s firm has led successful branding, social media, membership recruitment and retention, product marketing, conference attendance-building and more for organizations throughout the country. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Denise has a Master’s Degree in Communications from American University.

    David Harrison

    Gavilan and Associates

    David Harrison is a seasoned public relations and marketing professional with more than 20 years' experience developing and executing integrated communications campaigns. 

    He began his career in journalism, as a reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal and the American Banker. After creating and leading the professional association practice at a large regional public relations agency, David created Harrison Communications in 2007. 

    Specializing in working with professional associations, commercial real estate firms and health care organizations, David has created numerous national and regional award-winning PR and branding campaigns.  David believes the critical element to any communications campaign is valuable content, and he helps clients uncover and deliver messages that desired audiences want to receive. 

    David is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in English Language and Literature/Liberal Arts in Business. 

    Janice Sedgwick, M.Ed, CEBT

    Georgia Eye Bank

    Janice Sedgwick, M.Ed, CEBT, earned a B.S. in Community Health and Human Services and  M.ED in Public Health Education from Georgia College and State University. Janice began her eye banking career in November 1996 as a Hospital Development Liaison for the Macon and South Georgia area.  In 2002, she became the Donor Coordinator Supervisor.  In 2010, Janice began serving as the Training & Development Supervisor and was responsible for the training and supervision of Recovery Technicians.  In January 2015, Janice was promoted to Manager of Public & Professional Relations.  Janice manages Georgia Eye Bank's many community and professional relations activities. Janice has been a Certified Eye Bank Technician since 2003.   She is past chair of Donate Life Georgia and is Co-Chair of the Donor Development Committee for the Eye Bank Association of America.

  • Keeping Track of Your Training Program: Best Practices in QA

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/11/2019

    Register to learn more about how you can keep track of your training program!

    Quality assurance and staff training go together like peanut butter and jelly!  A strong quality assurance program keeps track of staff training procedures from the initial training to competency determination to annual reviews and ongoing training. Records need to be kept and procedures need to be followed. During this session two experienced quality assurance professionals will discuss best practices for keeping track of training programs and procedures and how to keep electronic and paper systems and records up to date. Staff training procedures are a key part of any eye bank’s operations and to assure quality in those procedures, records must be kept, disclosed, and updated. Register to learn more about how you can keep track of your training program!

    Kristen Pereira, CEBT, CTBS, CQIA, CQA (ASQ)

    Sierra Donor Services Eye Bank

    Kristen Pereira, CEBT, CTBS, CQIA, CQA (ASQ), is the Manager of Quality & Compliance at the Sierra Donor Services Eye Bank and, has been a part of the organization's Quality Assurance Department for the past nine years. She has achieved a Bachelor's Degree in health care administration, along with the following certifications: Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS), Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT), Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA), and Certified Quality Auditor (CQA). She is involved in all aspects of quality; from implementing policies and procedures, to adverse reaction reporting, to handling various types of third party inspections.

    Elizabeth R. Ellett, MSHA, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ), ACHE

    Advancing Sight Network

    Elizabeth R. Ellett, MSHA, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ), ACHE, is the Vice President of Regulations and Compliance at Advancing Sight Network. Elizabeth received her Master of Science in healthcare administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Elizabeth holds certifications with the American Society of Quality, American Society of Clinical Pathologist, and Lean Six Sigma as a Green Belt. She has served as both lead and general auditor for CAP and AABB and is a current member of American College of Healthcare Executives.

    Matthew Arnett

    Dakota Lions Sight and Health

    Matthew Arnett is the Chief Quality Officer of Dakota Lions Sight & Health (DLSH) where he has worked since 2013. Prior to joining DLSH, he worked as an analytical chemist for a FDA-regulated pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturing firm. Matthew currently serves as Chair of the EBAA Quality Assurance Committee and has also served on the Mary Jane O'Neill Fellowship in International Eye Banking Selection Committee and as a guest faculty member of the 2019 Technician Education Seminar. When not at work, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family (wife & son), cheering for the Green Bay Packers as a partial (1/360,760th) owner of the team, and brewing his own beer in a custom designed brewery in his garage.

  • Ocular Research Tissue: From the Eye Bank to the Researcher

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/28/2019

    Whether your organization is already involved in this space, or you are considering offering new services related to research tissue, this is the session for you. Register for this session today!

    Eye banks play an important role in ocular research. Eye bank technicians are the first ones to recover the tissue that will be used by researchers and are often the ones who dissect the tissue based on requests and needs. The relationship between the eye bank and the researcher is important and there is becoming more of a need for a strong relationship between the two. During this session, the speakers will discuss how eye banks can become involved in providing research tissue, the opportunities that are becoming available, how to perform certain dissections, and how to work with researchers to fulfill specific needs. Attendees will hear from three eye bank professionals as well as a researcher who works closely with eye banks to get the tissue that is needed for his research. Whether your organization is already involved in this space, or you are considering offering new services related to research tissue, this is the session for you. Register for this session today!

    Dan Stamer, PhD

    Duke University

    W. Daniel Stamer, PhD, currently serves as the Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University.  Professor Stamer was educated at the University of Arizona, earning his bachelors of science in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 1990 and doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 1996.  He completed two research fellowships: the first with Dr. Andrea Yool in electrophysiology and the second with Dr. David Epstein in glaucoma/cell biology.  Professor Stamer started his research program in 1998 at the University of Arizona, where he remained for 14 years, rising through the ranks to full Professor and Director of Ophthalmic Research. He joined the faculty at the Duke Eye Center in 2011.  Notable recent accomplishments include the Rudin Prize for Glaucoma in 2012, the Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Investigator Award in 2013, election as ARVO trustee in 2015 and ARVO president in 2019. He currently holds prominent editorial positions in three premier ophthalmology journals: as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, member of editorial board Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science and executive editor of Experimental Eye Research.

    The primary research focus of the Stamer laboratory is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate conventional outflow such that novel targets can be identified, validated and used for the development of therapeutics that target/modify the diseased tissue responsible for elevated intraocular pressure in glaucoma. Professor Stamer has been working in the area of glaucoma research for the past 25 years, pioneering cellular, tissue, organ culture and murine model systems for use by his laboratory and others to study conventional outflow physiology and pharmacology. His laboratory has worked closely with industry, assisting in the development/pre-clinical testing of several new classes of glaucoma drugs that target the diseased conventional outflow pathway responsible for ocular hypertension.

    Research progress by the Stamer laboratory group is documented in over 140 peer-reviewed primary contributions to the literature and two dozen reviews/book chapters/editorials.  

    Sung Lee

    Lions Gift of Sight

    Sung Lee has been the Research Coordinator at the Lions Gift of Sight for the past 7 years. Primary duties include providing customized processing of research eye tissues and perform research projects under the guidance of the Lions Gift of Sight medical director.

    David Ammar, PhD

    Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research

    David Ammar, PhD, is the scientific director at Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research (LEITR). Dr. Ammar received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry and his doctorate in biological chemistry. He has held a number of academic positions and has been with LEITR since 2018.

    Kristen McCoy, MA, CEBT, CTBS

    Eversight

    Kristen McCoy, MA, CEBT, CTBS, has been with Eversight since 1996, first holding the position of Laboratory Technician at Eversight in Illinois and later becoming the Laboratory Manager. She was appointed to Technical Director in 2008 when she assumed the responsibility for corporate training, and is currently the Vice President of Innovations. Kristen holds a master's degree in health and humans services administration from St. Mary's University in Minnesota, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and is a Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) and Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS). She has served on numerous Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) committees and sub-committees over the years including the Technician Education Committee and the Certification Board. Kristen also served as a faculty member of the Technician Education Seminar for eight years.

  • 2018 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum

    Contains 34 Component(s), Includes Credits

    If you missed the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in Chicago, IL on October 26, purchase the Forum package today!

    The Cornea and Eye Banking Forum is an annual event that features the research and innovations in corneal transplantation and eye banking. If you were unable to attend the much-anticipated event in person, you still have a chance to catch up on the research that was presented this Fall. Purchase the Forum package today!

    Included with purchase:

    - 2018 CEBF Program Booklet (electronic version)

    - Access to 26 scientific presentations and two invited sessions

    - Attendees will earn 4.5 CEUs for attending the sessions


    Cornea and Eye Banking Forum Recording List

     

    What I Learned from My First 50 Cases (Invited)

    • DALK: Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
    • DMEK: Peter Veldman, MD, University of Chicago
    • DWEK: Mark Gorovoy, MD, Gorovoy MD Specialists

     

    Predictive Factors for Graft Dislocation and Outcomes After DSAEK in the Cornea Preservation Time Study

    Jonathan H. Lass, MD, University Hospitals/ Case Western Reserve University

     

    Donor, Recipient, and Operative Factors Associated with Increased Endothelial Cell Loss in the Cornea Preservation Time Study

    Sanjay Patel, MD, FRC Ophth, Mayo Clinic

     

    Factors Associated with Graft Rejection in the Cornea Preservation Time Study

    Steven Dunn, MD, Michigan Cornea Consultants

     

    Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty for Failed Penetrating Keratoplasty: Visual Outcomes and Graft Survival

    Anand Pasari, MD, DNB, FICO, Cornea Research Foundation of America

     

    Donor DMEK Tissue Characteristics and Association with Clinical Outcomes

    Michael D. Straiko, MD, Devers Eye Institute

     

    Graft Preparation Failure in Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK)

    Maya Tong, MD, Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery

     

    Optimizing Visualization of DMEK Tissue: Assessing the Duration of Trypan Blue Staining

    Jennifer Ling, MD, University of California, Davis

     

    Ready to Go: First Year Clinical Outcomes Using Preloaded DMEK Grafts

    Luke Potts, MD, PhD, Devers Eye Institute

     

    DMEK Using “Patient-Ready” Tissue:  A Comparison of the Use of Pre-Stripped vs. Fully Prepared Pre-Stripped, Pre-Stained and Pre-Loaded Donor Grafts.

    Paul Phillips, MD, Sightline Ophthalmic Associates

     

    Comparing Endothelial Cell Loss Between 2 DMEK Inserters

    Joanne Ho, MD, MAS,* University of Washington

     

    Evaluation of a New “Pull-Through” “Endo-In” Inserter for DMEK - the E-DMEK Procedure

    Donald Tan, FRCS, Singapore National Eye Centre

     

    International Outcomes with the Boston Type I Keratoprosthesis

    Huong Duong, MD, Stein Eye Institute

    Change in Transplant Rates for Keratoconus Treatment Since the Launch of Corneal Collagen Crosslinking in Ontario and British Columbia

    Jaime Sklar, BMSc, MSc, University of Toronto

     

    Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia: A Now Medically Treatable Disease Spectrum?

    Matthew Ip, MD, Prince of Wales Hospital

     

    Tissue Loss and Processing Time at One Eye Bank Over the Course of 3000 DMEK Grafts: What Can Others Learn From Our Experience?

    Lindsay Mandel, Weill Cornell Medicine

     

    Outcomes of Gamma-Irradiated Sterile Corneal Grafts

    Priya Mathews, MD MPH, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

     

    Efficacy of Amphotericin B Supplementation of Corneal Storage Media in Inhibiting Candida Growth Under Simulated Eye Banking Conditions

    Bennie H. Jeng, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine

     

    Efficacy of Varying Amphotericin-B Concentrations Against Candida albicans After Short Exposure Times in Cold Storage

    Khoa Tran, PhD, Lions VisionGift

     

    Efficiency Evaluation of the New Cold Cornea Storage Medium with Dissolvable Antifungal Tablet

    Eric Abdullayev, MD, MBA, CEBT, Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research

     

    Increasing Betadine Exposure During Cornea Tissue Preparation Decreases Positive Rim Cultures and Postoperative Infections

    Charles Salisbury, MD, Eye Consultants of Atlanta

     

    Controversies in Eye Banking: Postkeratoplasty Fungal Infections (Invited)

    • Antifungal Supplementation of Donor Storage Media
      • Bennie H. Jeng, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Gregory Grossman, PhD, Alabama Eye Bank
    • Donor Rim Fungal Cultures
      • Jennifer Li, MD, University of California, Davis, and Mark A. Terry, MD, Devers Eye Institute
    • Response to a Donor Rim Fungal Culture
      • Elmer Tu, MD, University of Illinois, Chicago, and Kourtney Houser, MD, Hamilton Eye Institute, University of Tennessee
                                                                   

    Long-Term Outcomes of Living-Related Conjunctival Limbal Allograft Compared to Keratolimbal Allograft in Patients with Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency

    Medi Eslani, MD, Cincinnati Eye Institute/ University of Cincinnati

     

    The Utility of Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography for the Assessment of Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency

    William Binotti, MD, Tufts Medical Center

     

    High Resolution Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography for the Diagnosis and Differentiation of Conjunctival Lymphoma, Conjunctival Amyloidosis and Benign Lymphoid Hyperplasia

    Nandini Venkateswaran, MD, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

     

    Ex vivo Expansion of Limbal Stem Cells Using Descemet’s Membrane as a Culture Substrate

    Joshua Hou, MD, University of Minnesota

     

    Possible Molecular Mechanisms Explaining the Effect of ROCK Inhibitor on Corneal Endothelial Cells in Fuchs Dystrophy

    Friedrich Kruse, MD, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

     

    Quarter-Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (Quarter-DMEK) for Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy: 12 Months Clinical  Outcome of the First Case Series

    Lamis Baydoun, MD, Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery

  • 2018 R. Townley Paton Award Lecture: Planning for the Next Generation: The Art of Mentorship

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    If you were unable to attend the 2018 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in Chicago, IL, where Dr. Barry Lee was awarded the R. Townley Paton Award, check out the free lecture here!

    During the 2018 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in Chicago, IL, Dr. Barry Lee was awarded the R. Townley Paton Award and delivered the R. Towley Paton Award Lecture titled, "Planning for the Next Generation: The Art of Mentorship." Attend the complimentary lecture here!