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Contact: Mary Leach
mary_leach@meei.harvard.edu
617-573-4170
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Military vision research symposium focuses on visual fallout from war

Boston (Sept. 14, 2012) — Eye injuries in war have changed – and increased in number – as weapons, tactics, technology and strategies have evolved. Today's soldiers face threats from explosive devices that cause extensive damage areas not protected by body armor. Military experts and ophthalmologists from the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear will convene in Boston, Mass., on Sept. 18 to address these issues at the Fifth Military Vision Research Symposium.

The three-day symposium will focus on ocular and vision injury and will encompass a variety of topics, including an overview of military and civilian eye research, combat ocular readiness, vision funding, blast injuries and regenerative medicine.

Participants will hear from those who deal with trauma in other part of the body to see what lessons can be applied to care of the eye. Speakers include Bohdan Pomahac, M.D., (member of the face transplant/upcoming double arm transplant team) and Lee Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D. (concussion expert). U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano will discuss the congressional perspective in the opening session.

The symposium will be held Sept. 18-20, 2012, at the Starr Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass., 02114.

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The seminar is sponsored by the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Mass. Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School; United States Army Medical Research & Materiel Command (USAMRMC); Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC); and DOD-VA Vision Center of Excellence (VCE).

For more information, visit http://www.schepens.harvard.edu/military_symposium.

About the Mass. Eye and Ear/Mass General Department of Ophthalmology: The Department is one of the world's premier centers for excellence in ophthalmic clinical care, research and education. Steadfast dedication to an integrated three-part mission keeps the Department at the forefront of advances in patient care and scientific discovery, while training and advancing generations of leaders through our academic and professional development programs. As the seat of Ophthalmology leadership for Harvard Medical School, the Department builds on the strengths of affiliated faculty from such renowned local institutions as Joslin Diabetes Center, Children's Hospital Boston, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Veteran's Administration Healthcare System to encourage innovation and remain a global leader in ophthalmology.

The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is an international center for treatment and research and a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

For more information, call (617) 523-7900 or TDD (617) 523-5498 or visit www.MassEyeAndEar.org



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