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Optical Coherence Tomography – Visualizing the Future of a Transformative Technology

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March 18, 2024 - March 19, 2024

Masur Auditorium, Clinical Center (Building 10)
NIH Campus
Bethesda, MD


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Recently, the 2023 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award was awarded to James Fujimoto, David Huang, and Eric Swanson for their invention of optical coherence tomography (OCT), a technique that has revolutionized ocular health care.

In recognition of this honor and to celebrate the impact of OCT in vision health and research, the National Eye Institute is hosting a scientific symposium, March 18-19, 2024, at the NIH campus in Bethesda.

The program will feature lectures and discussion on a diverse range of topics highlighting current and emerging OCT applications in both research and clinical settings. 


*Order of presentations subject to change

Day 1: March 18, 2024 (Monday)

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

  • Michael F. Chiang, M.D.
    National Eye Institute

8:45 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

  • James Fujimoto, Ph.D.
    2023 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Awardee
    Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

9:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Traditional Structure / Biomechanical OCT


  • Moderator: Kirill Larin, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Cullen College of Engineering
    University of Houston
  • Precision Care of Angle Closure Disease Using OCT
    Benjamin Xu, M.D., Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
    University of Southern California

  • Kristina Irsch, Ph.D.
    Research Scientist 
    French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) 
    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
    Johns Hopkins University
  • High-definition, 3D imaging with OCX: combining optical coherence tomography and Gabor-domain optical coherence microscopy
    Cristina Canavesi, Ph.D.
    President and Co-Founder
    LighTop Tech Corporation

  • Panel Discussion/Q&A

10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

10:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. 
High Resolution and AO OCT


  • Moderator: Austin Roorda, Ph.D.
    Professor, Vision Science Program
    University of California, Berkeley
  • Donald T. Miller, Ph.D.
    Professor, School of Optometry
    Indiana University
  • Surpassing the resolution limit of adaptive optics OCT imaging
    Andrew Bower, Ph.D.
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    National Eye Institute
  • Imaging Human Choriocapillaris with Adaptive Optics-Optical Coherence Tomography
    Zhuolin Liu, Ph.D.
    Staff Fellow
    Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories
    Division of Biomedical Physics
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • Hao F. Zhang, Ph.D.
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Northwestern University
  • Xiaorong Liu, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Biology and Psychology
    University of Virginia
  • Panel Discussion/Q&A

12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. 

1:50 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


  • Moderator: Philip J. Rosenfeld, M.D., Ph.D.
    Professor of Ophthalmology
    Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography in the Detection of Subclinical Disease and Subclinical Disease Progression
    Amir H. Kashani, M.D., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
    Johns Hopkins University
  • Yali Jia, Ph.D.
    Jennie P. Weeks Professor of Ophthalmology
    Oregon Health & Science University
  • Toco Y.P. Chui, Ph.D.
    Association Professor, Ophthalmology and Neuroscience
    New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
  • Nadia Waheed, M.D.
    Professor of Ophthalmology
    Tufts Medical Center
  • Panel Discussion/Q&A

3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. 

3:50 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


  • Moderator: Jessica I. W. Morgan, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
    Scheie Eye Institute
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Mechanisms and applications of optoretinography
    Ramkumar Sabesan, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Ophthalmology
    University of Washington Medicine 
  • Robert J. Zawadzki, Ph.D.
    Professor, Ophthalmology & Vision Science
    University of California, Davis
  • Optoretinography: Basic and Translational Applications
    Ravi Sankar Jonnal, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
    Center for Human Ophthalmic Imaging Research (CHOIR)
    University of California at Davis

  • Space-Division Multiplexing Optical Coherence Tomography and Photonic Integrations
    Chao Zhou, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Washington University in St. Louis

  • Panel Discussion/Q&A

5:30 p.m.

Day 2: March 19, 2024 (Tuesday)

8:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.

  • Seeing Small and Aiming Big: The Development and Clinical Impact of Optical Coherence Tomography
    David Huang, M.D., Ph.D.
    2023 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Awardee
    Director of Research, Department of Ophthalmology
    Casey Eye Institute
    Oregon Health & Science University

8:55 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Clinical Applications


  • Moderator: Amani A. Fawzi, M.D.
    Cyrus Tang and Lee Jampol Professor of Ophthalmology
    Feinberg School of Medicine
    Northwestern University
  • OCT applications in Retinopathy of Prematurity: breaking barriers
    Cynthia Ann Toth, M.D.
    Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology
    Duke University

  • OCT for Glaucoma Detection, Identification of Change and Predicting Progression
    Joel S. Schuman, M.D., FACS
    Kenneth L. Roper, MD Endowed Chair
    Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomechanical Engineering
    Vice Chair for Research Innovation
    Co-Director, Glaucoma Service 
    Wills Eye Hospital

  • OCT-based AI analysis in the management of geographic atrophy (GA): Screening, monitoring and prediction
    Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth, M.D.
    Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry
    Medical University of Vienna

  • Panel Discussion/Q&A

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

10:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
AI and Data Standardization


  • Moderator: Aaron Y. Lee
    Associate Professor and C. Dan and Irene Hunter Endowed Professor
    Department of Ophthalmology
    University of Washington Medicine
  • Amitha Domalpally, M.D., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
    University of Washington-Madison
  • OCT at Home
    Nishant Mohan, Ph.D.
    Vice President, Product
    Notal Vision, Inc.

  • Kerry Goetz, M.S.
    Associate Director, Office of Data Science and Health Informatics
    National Eye Institute
  • Panel Discussion/Q&A

11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

  • Michael F. Chiang, M.D.
    National Eye Institute

12:00 p.m.

Hotel Information

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Last updated: February 23, 2024