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Shanu Markand with poster
From left: 1) Jana Sellars, Robin Schmidt and Jeffrey Boatright, PhD, in the Functional Genomics and Proteomics (FGP) Core laboratory; and 2) Priyanka Priyadarshani, MS, and Shanu Markand, PhD, in the AVRC Biostatistics and Bionformation (Bioanalysis) Core laboratory, Emory Eye Center

May 30, 2017

Emory Eye Center researchers share their findings at ARVO 2017

(ATLANTA) The work of more than 40 faculty members and research staff from Emory Eye Center was highlighted during the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2017 annual meeting in Baltimore May 7-11.

Jeffrey H. Boatright, PhD, a professor in the Emory University School of Medicine’s Ophthalmology Department and former president of ARVO, spoke during a workshop teaching attendees the dos and don’ts of writing and publishing a vision research article. Boatright is founding editor and currently an editor-in-chief of Molecular Vision, a peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to the dissemination of research results in molecular biology, cell biology and the genetics of the visual system.

Other faculty and staff presented their work at ARVO via posters or discussed their projects during paper sessions throughout the week. Two researchers, Erica Landis, PhD, and Shanu Markand, PhD, were invited to share their research as platform presentations. The mini-symposia format allows presenters to speak for 10 minutes, followed by a 5-minute Q&A session with the audience.

Landis spoke on “Altered Dopamine release in VMAT2 mutant mice has little effect on refractive development.” Markand’s topic was “Upregulation of myopia-related genes in the Interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein (IRBP) knockout (KO) mouse model.”

Markand’s poster at ARVO 2016 was highly regarded and won Hot Topic and outstanding presentation awards. ARVO 2017 organizers asked if they could share her work this year as an example of a well-done poster as part of a webinar on developing good presentations.

During the conference, lead research specialist Priyanka Priyadarshani won an award and special distinction for her communication skills when explaining her poster.

Other poster and paper topics by Emory Eye Center faculty and staff ranged from corneal endothelial cell loss and how Dopamine may affect retinal development to Ebola virus in ocular tissues and whether exercise can help protect from light-induced retinal degeneration.

Prior to the conference, travel grants were made to Priyadarshani, Robin Schmidt, PhD, and Nate Henneman.

ARVO is the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world, with a membership comprised of nearly 12,000 researchers from more than 75 countries. The annual meeting is a time to share discoveries that might lead to treatments for those with eye disorders or diseases.


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