Friday, April 12, 2024

Novel Genetic Loci Associated With Primary Open Angle Glaucoma Discovered Through Use Of Multiancestry Biobanks

Dr. Karen Joos (Vanderbilt Eye Institute - Nashville, TN)

Dr. Jibril Hirbo (Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Nashville, TN)

Dr. Karen Joos, Joseph and Barbara Ellis Professor, Glaucoma Division Chief, at Vanderbilt Eye Institute, and Dr. Jibril Hirbo, Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Genetic Medicine, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, discuss how novel genetic loci associated with primary open angle glaucoma have been discovered through an international genetic study and use of multiancestry biobanks, including BioVU.

 4/14/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Complexity Of Gene Therapy In The Retina and Study Of Certain Ethnic Groups Risks With Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. T.J. Hollingsworth (University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis, TN)

Dr. Ann Elsner (Indiana University Bloomington - Bloomington, IN)

Dr. T.J. Hollingsworth, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at University of Tennessee Health Science Center Hamilton Eye Institute in Memphis, discusses the need for increased funding for eye care research, the retina, and the complexities of gene therapy in treating the retina.

Dr. Ann Elsner, distinguished professor of optometry at Indiana University School of Optometry Bloomington, details a study showing economic barriers to eye care and increased risks for developing diabetic retinopathy for certain ethnic groups.

3/31/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Friday, March 22, 2024

Accessible Ways Of Learning Astronomy And Macular Degeneration Experiment Aboard International Space Station

Christine Malec (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Dr. Hema Ramkumar (Oculogenex - La Habra, CA)

Accessibility consultant, Christine Malec, of Toronto, explains accessible ways of learning about astronomy with the use of alt textsonification, 3D printers, and the Chandra X-ray Laboratory.

Then, Dr. Hema Ramkumar, CEO and co-founder of Oculogenex in southern California discusses a gene therapy experiment involving female mice in the field of age-related macular degeneration research aboard the International Space Station.

3/24/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

Monday, March 4, 2024

New Risk Genes Identified for Glaucoma for Those With African Ancestry And Polymers Being Used To Treat Wet Macular Degeneration

Dr. Joan O'Brien (University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA)

Dr. Eydie Miller (University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA)

Dr. Nathan Gianneschi (Northwestern University - Evanston, IL)

Dr. Jeremy Lavine (Northwestern University - Chicago, IL)

Dr. Joan O'Brien, professor of ophthalmology and director of the Penn Center for Genetics of Complex Disease and Dr. Eydie Miller, professor of clinical ophthalmology and director of glaucoma at the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania go over new risk genes identified for glaucoma for those with African ancestry.

Dr. Nathan Gianneschi, Jacob and Rosaline Cohn professor at Northwestern University in Evanston and Dr. Jeremy Lavine, assistant professor of ophthalmology, at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, explain how polymers could potentially be used to treat the wet form of macular degeneration.

3/10/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, February 23, 2024

Materials, Equipment, Programs, and Other Resources Offered By NLS (National Library Service For Blind and Print Disabled)

NLS - Washington, DC

Kristen Fernekes, head of communications and outreach, for National Library Service For Blind and Print Disabled, explains the various materials, types of equipment, programs, and other resources offered by NLS.  Fernekes also goes over who the NLS serves.  

2/25/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, February 16, 2024

Accuracy And Need Of AI Diabetic Eye Exams In African-American and Latino Communities

Dr. Risa Wolf (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine - Baltimore, MD)

Dr. Risa Wolf, an associate professor of pediatrics in the division of pediatric endocrinology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, explains the accuracy and need of artificial intelligence diabetic eye exams in African-American and Latino communities.   

2/18/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below)

Friday, January 12, 2024

Low Macular Pigment Density As Possible Warning For Glaucoma and Sickle Cell Disease Leading To Possible Vision Loss

Dr. Yao Liu (University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI)

Julie Mares, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI)

Dr. Mary Ellen Hoehn (University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis, TN)

The University of Wisconsin's Dr. Yao Liu, Director of the Teleophthalmology Program and an Investigator at McPherson Eye Research Institute at University of Wisconsin at Madison and Julie Mares, Ph.D., Professor, with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University of Wisconsin at Madison explain how low macular pigment density can be a possible warning for glaucoma.

Then, Dr. Mary Ellen Hoehn, Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, will discuss how sickle cell disease can possibly lead to vision loss in children and adults.

1/14/2024 Podcast (Click Image Below) 

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