New Frontiers Meeting in Ophthalmology 2013

Corneal Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering.

The New Frontiers in Ophthalmology Meeting took place on Thursday 27th June 2013 in the Education & Conference Centre at the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital.

The morning of the meeting was devoted to a symposium on corneal stem cell and tissue engineering. The use of cell-based therapies in the management of ocular surface and corneal disorders is a new and rapidly evolving field with many potential disease applications. In this symposium the advances in the development of such therapies to restore the epithelial and endothelial corneal surfaces and the potential to transfer of these developments to the clinical setting were discussed.

Speakers included:

  • Prof Conor Murphy (Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital)
  • Mr Billy Power (Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital)
  • Dr Clair Gallagher (National Institute of Cellular Biotechnology, Dublin City University)
  • Dr Finbarr O’Sullivan (National Institute of Cellular Biotechnology, Dublin City University)
  • Prof Fergal O’Brien (Tissue Engineering Research Group, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
  • Dr Andrew Cameron (Tissue Engineering Research Group, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
  • Dr Kevin Kavanagh (NUI Maynooth)
  • Sinead Masterson (Irish Medicines Board)

The afternoon was devoted to the Eithne Walls Research Meeting, at which NCHDs presented their latest research in competition for the Eithne Walls Medal and the Research Foundation Clinical Prize.
The meeting was well attended and supported by a unrestricted educational grant from Novartis.

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