James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute


Distinguished Seminar Series

The Distinguished Seminar Series is an invited lectureship where renowned researchers and clinicians spend 1-2 days discussing new research ideas with VDI faculty, staff and trainees. The visit culminates with the presentation of cutting edge research related to normal visual function and/or visual diseases. The VDI is honored to present these distinguished speakers to the GRU community.

The seminar series is held in the CB Building room CB1801 on the Augusta University Health Sciences Campus from 12:00-1:00 p.m. with light refreshments are provided at 11:45 p.m. No registration is needed and all are welcome to attend. If you have questions, please feel free to call 706-721-1150.

      Seminar Series for 2017
February 21st, 2017, Tuesday4:00 PM
BC-1400 “Complement-Activation and Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Mechanisms, Treatments and Diagnostics”
Baerbel Rohrer, Ph.D.
Stanley H. and Theodora L. Feldberg Chair in Ophthalmology Endowed Chair, Gene & Pharmaceutical Treatment of Retinal Degenerative Disease Professor, Department of Ophthalmology College of Medicine Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Charle


April 18th, 2017, Tuesday4:00 PM
BC-1400 “Transcriptomics and Genomics in Health and Disease of the aging human retina”
Margaret M. DeAngelis, Ph.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Moran Eye Center University of Utah School of Medicine


May 16th, 2017, Tuesday4:00 PM
BC-1400 “Activation of PPARalpha, a new strategy for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy”
Jian-xing (Jay) Ma, M.D., Ph.D.
Laureate Professor and Chairman Department of Physiology The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


June 20th, 2017, Tuesday4:00 PM
BC-1400 "Retinal progenitor cells for treatment of retinitis pigmentosa"
Henry Klassen, M.D., Ph.D.
The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA


July 18th, 2017, Tuesday4:00 PM
BC-1400 “Mouse Models of Brain and Eye Pressure: Implications for Glaucoma and Other Optic Neuropathies”
Benjamin J. Frankfort, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience Co-Director, Medical Scientist Training Program Member, Center for Space Medicine Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX


August 15th, 2017, Tuesday12:00 PM
CB 1801 “Cytomegalovirus: The forgotten herpesvirus with sight-threatening abilities”
Richard D. Dix, Ph.D.
Professor Department of Biology Viral Immunology Center Ocular Virology & Immunology Laboratory Georgia State University Atlanta, Georgia


September 19th, 2017, Tuesday12:00 PM
CB 1801 "Circadian Organization of the Mammalian Retina”
Gianluca Tosini, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair Morehouse School of Medicine Pharmacology & Toxicology


October 17th, 2017, Tuesday4:00 PM
CB 1801 “Protective axis of the renin-angiotensin-system and microbiota- emerging targets for therapy of retinal diseases”
Qiuhong Li, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Department of Ophthalmology Research College of Medicine University of Florida Gainesville, FL


November 14th, 2017, Tuesday4:00 PM
CB 1801 “The retinal pigmented epithelium in health and disease”
John M. Nickerson, Ph.D.
Professor Department of Ophthalmology Emory University