• on 26/06/2017

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting 2017 (ARVO Annual Meeting 2017)

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting 2017was held in Baltimore, USA, 7th– 11th May 2017. Our faculty members, post-doc fellows and postgraduate students (Professor Calvin Pang, Professor Christopher Leung, Dr Kelvin Chong, Dr Jason Yam, Dr Michael Ng, Dr Wai Kit Chu, Dr Heather Mak, Dr Jasmine Yung, Ms Feihui Zheng, Mr Jian Li, Ms Malini Bakthavatsalam, Ms Xu Cao and Ms Yumeng Wang) presented talks and posters on their recent research.

Professor Calvin Pang
Prof Pang, our director of the CUHK Ophthalmic Research Centre, moderated the session “Chinese Ophthalmological Society Workshop: Molecular Cell Biology and Gene Therapy for Eye Diseases”. He was involved in the study for apresentationon “Genome-wide association study identifies a new genetic locus at 2q36.3 for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in East Asians: The GAMA consortium”. Prof Pang also presented aposter“Association of the SIX1-SIX6 Locus with Primary Open-angle Glaucoma in Chinese and Japanese”.

Professor Christopher Leung
Prof Leung was invited to give anoralpresentationon his recent study “Virtual reality (VR) for measurement of visual disability in glaucoma patients”. He was also involved in anotherpresentation“Measurement of macular capillary network in glaucoma: An optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) study”.

Dr Kelvin Chong
Dr Chong reported his study in aposter“Choroidal thickness (CT) in thyroid associated orbitopathy (TAO)”.

Dr Jason Yam
Dr Yam shared his findings in aposter“Vitamin D and Myopia: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”.

Dr Michael Ng
Dr Ng described his recent breakthroughs in aposter“GHRH/IGF-1 pathway in retinal progenitor cell differentiation”.

Dr Wai Kit Chu
Dr Chu updated his study in aposter“Functional study of RAD21 mutation identified in a sclerocornea pedigree”.

Dr Heather Mak
Dr Mak was invited to give anoral presentationto discuss her results in “MicroRNA-19a enhances axon regeneration in retinal ganglion cells”.

Dr Jasmine Yung
Dr Yung was invited to give anoral presentationon “Two Photon, Label-free Imaging of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Retinal Ganglion Cells”

Presentations by our PhD students

Feihui Zhengdescribed her new invention in aposter“360-degree measurement of anterior chamber angle dimensions in primary angle closure (PAC) with swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT)”.

Jian Lireported his novel findings in aposter“Green tea extract alleviates ocular autoimmune inflammation in mice”.

Malini Bakthavatsalamreported her results in aposter“Quantitative Analysis of Choroidal Vascularity Underlying Pigment Epithelial Detachment in Age-related Macular Degeneration and Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy”.

Xu Caopresented aposter“Transfection efficiency of hybrid adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors in mouse retinal ganglion cells (RGCs)”.

Yumeng Wangwas invited to give anoralpresentationon “Mechanisms of corneal epithelial degeneration in keratoconus: Histology and microRNA analyses”.

(From left to right) Dr Jason Yam, Dr Wai Kit Chu, Dr Heather Mak, Feihui Zheng, Dr Jasmine Yung, Yumeng Wang and Xu Cao presented talks and posters to share their recent discoveries in the ARVO Annual Meeting 2017.


Our postgraduate student Yumeng Wang has won the ARVO International Travel Grant and pictured with other travel grant receivers.

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