The 14th Annual OU Vision Workshop was held September 22-23, 2021.
The OU Vision Workshop welcomed Dr. Paul Sieving, former Director of the National Eye Institute and faculty at the University of California Davis, as our keynote lecturer. Dr. Sieving presented the 5th Robert Eugene Anderson Keynote Lecture during the workshop in the Tullos Coston Lecture Hall on the 5th floor of the Dean McGee Eye Institute on the afternoon of Wednesday September 22nd. His lecture was titled Developing Gene Therapies for Inherited Retinal Degenerations. Following the keynote lecture, a reception honoring Dr. Anderson was held on the side lawn of the Dean McGee Eye Institute. Vision research trainees presented their work in oral presentations all day on Thursday September 23rd. After the trainee presentations, Dr. Sieving presented a career development lecture titled 16 Views of Photoreceptors: Thoughts on a Career of an Ocular Retinal Clinical Physiologist. To cap off the day, a celebratory awards dinner was held in the Lotus Pavilion at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Graduate student Manali Kamath from Dr. Kevin Fuller's lab won the Anderson Award for Best Presentation, while Dr. Jorge Lightfoot, a T32 Vision Research Postdoctoral Trainee from Dr. Kevin Fuller's lab, won the Dr. Wei Cao Innovation Award. A great time was had by all!
A special thank you to OU Vision Organizing Committee:
Faculty supervisors Drs. Michael Elliott, Yan Chen, and Kevin Fuller. Postdoctoral fellows Drs. Jorge Lightfoot and Md Huzzatul Mursalin. Graduate students Eric Enyong, Yeboah Kofi Gyening, Manali Kamath, James Regun Karmoker, and Bridget Parrish. Melody Marcum, DMEI Director of External Relations and Development.