Conference Summary

This FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) is the only meeting of its kind specifically dedicated to the field of photoreceptor and RPE biology. The scientific program reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of this field, with presentations ranging from classical biochemistry to modern imaging approaches and molecular therapeutics. Specific session topics will range from photoreceptor physiology and RPE cell biology to the immune response to photoreceptor degeneration. The scientific program will include a keynote address, invited talks, and numerous short talks and DataBlitz presentations selected from submitted abstracts.

The meeting schedule and venue are designed to present the most exciting scientific advances in an atmosphere that encourages informal interactions and collaborations. Specific events will be organized to foster interactions among trainees and senior investigators. All attendees will have the opportunity to present a poster, and additional recreational activities will be available to all participants to foster the exchange of ideas and formulate new collaborations. Funds will likely be available to support early career researcher attendance.

This conference is for scientists from academia and industry who study the biology of photoreceptor or RPE cells.

Major themes of the meeting are: 1) Examine specializations of photoreceptor and RPE cell biology and metabolism that provide adaptations to meet the demands of photoreception; 2) Explore photoreceptor development and reprogramming approaches to regenerate photoreceptor cells; 3) Live imaging of photoreceptor and RPE cells in models to investigate physiology and cell biology, and in the retinas of patients to understand processes of disease.

Conference sessions will present the latest research findings and foster engaging discussion on:

  • Retinal stem cells, development and reprogramming
  • Synaptic processing and development
  • High vision acuity and phototransduction
  • Photoreceptor-RPE cell interactions
  • Photoreceptor and RPE imaging
  • Photoreceptor/RPE Metabolism

In addition to opening keynote lectures from Dean Bok, PhD and King-Wai Yau, PhD, this conference will feature eight oral sessions, two poster sessions, two data blitz sessions, and a career development workshop for trainees, "Getting Funded as a Trainee and What's in the Future?" 

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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 EY 030354 - 01 from the National Eye Institute. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


Conference Location

The Steamboat Grand
2300 Mt. Werner Circle
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 USA

Conference Organizers

David Williams, PhD
Professor, Stein Eye Institute
University of California
Los Angeles, USA
Alapakkam Sampath, PhD
Professor, Stein Eye Institute,
University of California,

Los Angeles, USA

Keynote Speakers

Dean Bok, PhD
Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

King-Wai Yau, PhD
Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore