Due to the success of the first two ISER/BrightFocus Glaucoma Symposia, the International Society for Eye Research (ISER) and BrightFocus Foundation sponsored their third bi-annual joint meeting on Concepts and Breakthroughs in Glaucoma at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia May 24-27, 2022.

This symposium brought together leaders in the field of glaucoma to discuss concepts and breakthroughs for the condition. We employed a Gordon Conference format, anticipating that the intimate setting would encourage informal interaction and would offer ample opportunity to refresh or form new collaborations, develop novel hypotheses, and make new friends.

World-class keynote speakers:

Francesca Cordeiro, MD, PhD
University College London and Imperial College
"DARC as a Biomarker of Disease"
Special introduction by
Anne Coleman, MD, PhD

Gareth Howell, PhD
The Jackson Laboratory
"The Benefits of Studying Eyes and Brains to Uncover Common Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Diseases"
Special introduction by
Rick Libby, PhD

Mark Johnson, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Northwestern University
"The Role of the Inner Wall of
Schlemm's Canal in Ocular Hypertension"

Special introduction by
Thom Freddo, OD, PhD

Malú Gámez Tansey, PhD
Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease
University of Florida
Neuroinflammation in Neurodegenerative Disease: Nexus of Glaucoma, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's and Related Dementias
Special introduction by
Diane Bovenkamp, PhD

Hao Zhang, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Northwestern University
"Multiscale Imaging for Glaucoma Research, from Single Molecules to Humans"
Special introduction by
Joel Schuman, MD, FACS


John Danias, MD, PhD Luca Della Santina, PharmD, PhD J. Crawford Downs, PhD, FARVO
Yiqin Du, MD, PhD Brad Fortune, OD, PhD Kimberly Gokoffski, MD, PhD
Samuel Herberg, PhD Denise Inman, PhD Xiaorong Liu, PhD
Milica Margeta, MD, PhD Vicky Nguyen, PhD Harry Quigley, MD
Ahmara Ross, MD, PhD Ian Sigal, PhD Joanne Wen, MD
Judith West-Mays, PhD Janey Wiggs, MD, PhD Pete Williams, PhD


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BrightFocus Glaucoma Fast Track

There was a pre-symposium BrightFocus Glaucoma Fast TrackSM workshop which offered attendees an immersive environment to learn and discuss some of the foundational knowledge and recent discoveries in glaucoma research through close interaction with established leaders in the field.


Help ISER and the BrightFocus Foundation fulfill their goal of providing a unique, international platform for dissemination of cutting-edge knowledge and advances in glaucoma research and treatment. Your sponsorship will associate your brand with innovation and a commitment to scientific discoveries in the treatment of this disease!

View the Support Prospectus here or contact ISER at mail@iser.org for additional information.

ISER and BrightFocus Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors for contributing to the ISER/BrightFocus Glaucoma Symposium: