Dr. Fionda graduated in Medicine and Surgery and subsequently specialized in Radiotherapy at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome. He started working in 2016 at Gemelli-ART (Advanced Radiation Therapy) in Rome dealing with special techniques, such as Surface Guided Radiotherapy (SGRT) which uses specific light sources to monitor the patient’s surface during therapy. Dr. Fionda worked with the first hybrid machine installed in Italy that combines modern linear accelerators (LINAC) with the acquisition of magnetic resonance images allowing to follow the movement of the internal organs in real time. He has also gained long experience in interventional radiotherapy (brachytherapy) with both high dose rate (HDR) and pulsed dose rate (PDR).
Dr Fionda is a member of the Italian Association of Radiotherapy and Clinical Oncology (AIRO) and of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO). He is the author of over 70 publications including conference abstracts and research articles on national and international journals, and is adjunct Professor of Radiation Oncology at Saint Camilus International University of Healh Sciences.
Professor, University of California, Berkeley. Programs in Optometry, Vision Science, Infectious Disease and Immunity, and Microbiology. Vice President, Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society. Former President, International Society for Contact Lens Research. Councillor, American Society for Microbiology. Recipient of the 2005 Glenn A. Fry Award and the 2010 Korb Award. Editorial Boards: PLoS ONE, Infection & Immunity, and Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science.
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Vision Science, Biology and Optometry
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in Physiological Optics and Vision Science
Prof. Frishman received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie N.Y. and her MS and PhD in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She did postdoctoral training in visual neuroscience at Northwestern University and the University of California San Francisco where she also was a research faculty member. She joined the Optometry faculty in the College of Optometry in 1990, and she has taught in both the professional and graduate programs. Her research has focused on refining noninvasive electrophysiological approaches for evaluating retinal and anterior visual pathway function in normal subjects and subjects with inherited or acquired diseases that affect visual function.
Academic Editor for PLOS ONE and PeerJ, and she was Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Visual Neuroscience (2001-2007), and Documenta Ophthalmologica (2006-2013).
She has served on federal grant review panels, the NIH/NEI National Advisory Eye Council, and she is a fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (FARVO), American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) and a board member of the International Society for the Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV).
Edsel Ing MD, FRCSC, MPH, CPH, MIAD is a Professor at the University of Toronto and Surgeon at Michael Garron Hospital.
Clinical & Research interests: Eyelid/Orbital diseases (oculoplastics), Strabismus surgery & Neuro-ophthalmology
MPH & GCSRT: Harvard
MD & Residency: U Toronto
Fellowships: Mayo Clinic, Wills Eye, Allegheny General
PhD Candidate (May 2020): Kingston U
Masters of International Affairs: United Nations ITR & U Catalonia
Section Editor: Can J Ophthalmology, Can J Diagnosis, Medscape Ophthalmology
Research interests include the use of image processing and machine learning techniques for medical image analysis and retrieval, imaging for radiation therapy, survival analysis for cancer, information retrieval, and statistical modeling.
Dr. Gökhan Karakülah currently works at Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir International Biomedicine and Genome Institute in Turkey as an associate professor. He obtained BSc (2005) from Ege University, and MSc (2009) and PhD (2014) degrees from Dokuz Eylül University, Health Sciences Institute in Turkey. Between October 2014 and April 2016, he joined Dr. Anand Swaroop’s research group as a postdoctoral researcher at National Eye Institute, NIH, US. The main focus of his current research has been to develop tools and algorithms for the better analysis and integration of diverse “omics” data sets generated with next generation sequencing technologies.
Dr. Jui-Yang Lai received his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. Since 2014, he is a Full Professor at Chang Gung University, Taiwan. Dr. Lai’s primary research activities are centered on the design and development of functional biomaterials, either from natural or synthetic sources, for ophthalmic use, particularly on tissue engineering, drug delivery, and nanomedicine. His major research projects involve ocular biocompatibility assessment, corneal/retinal cell construct fabrication, topical/intraocular pharmaceutical dosage formulation, and metallic/carbon-based nanotherapeutics evaluation. Dr. Lai has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and filed numerous patent applications. He actively participates in the peer review process for scientific publications and also serves as a member of the editorial board of several scholarly journals.
Stephen L. Macknik trained as a postdoc with Zachary Mainen at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and David Hubel at Harvard Medical School. He has a BA in Psychobiology, Biology and Psychology from the Univ of California, Santa Cruz, and a PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard Univ, with Margaret Livingstone. His research seeks to understand the neural underpinnings of visual awareness and attention, and the neural consequences of cerebral blood flow in the healthy brain and in neurological disorders.
Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, Physiology at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center. Founding Member and President of the Neural Correlate Society and Executive Producer of the annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest. Former Executive Board Member of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. Advisory Board Member and Columnist for Scientific American Mind.
Prof Thomas Ritter, leader of research programme, was recruited by the National University of Ireland, Galway as a lecturer in Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine and assumed his position in March 2005. Prof. Ritter has over 20 year experience in the field of gene therapy in organ transplantation. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1994 from the Max-Planck Research group of Immunology / Rheumatology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany where he worked on the molecular characterization of T cell receptors specific for human collagen type II. Having completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Marseille, Center of Immunology in 1995, Prof. Ritter took up a faculty position at the prestigious Charité University Hospital in Berlin, Germany. He worked as a leader of the gene therapy programme in experimental transplantation in the Institute of Medical Immunology under the directorship of Prof. Dr. H.-D. Volk. His research focused on the development of efficient viral gene-transfer systems for application in transplantation medicine. Prof. Ritter was successful in obtaining funding from the German Research Foundation and the Ministry of Health and Research as well as from industry (Schering). Prof. Ritter completed his 'Habilitation' (postdoctoral lecture qualification) in Immunology in 2002 followed by a promotion to assistant professor in 2003.
Susanne Schmid is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on sensory information processing and sensory gating mechanisms. She uses mainly rodents to explore synaptic mechanisms and neuronal circuits underlying sensory gating in healthy subjects and in animal models for schizophrenia and autism.
Senior staff researcher at the French National Institut of Health Research (Inserm). Head of the therapeutics department and director of the research team "Inflammation, degeneration and vascular remodelling in retinal disease" at the Vision Institute in Paris. Recipient of a ERC starting grant.