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Event Type:  Seminar (This is an NIH Science event)
Annual Lecture:  Other
Title:  NEI Audacious Goals Seminar: Production, Characterization, and Application of Stem Cell-derived Photoreceptors
Description:  Gamm presents NEI Audacious Goals Initiative Seminar in Neuroregeneration, June 6

3-D organoids are the next big thing in disease modeling, drug screening, and tissue sourcing for transplantation. These miniature organs can be grown from patient-derived stem cells, providing a theoretically unlimited supply.

David Gamm, M.D., Ph.D., will summarize efforts to develop retinal organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cells. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye that sends visual signals to the brain. The most common blinding conditions in the U.S. affect the retina, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Many rare conditions, such as retinitis pigmentosa, also affect the retina. Retina organoids are the subject of a recently launched NEI 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge.

Gamm is the Emmett A. Humble Distinguished Director of the McPherson Eye Research Institute, the Sandra Lemke Trout Chair in Eye Research, and an associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He investigates the cellular and molecular events that occur during human retinal development. A major focus of his work is generating cells for retinal disease modeling and cell replacement therapies. His lab’s efforts are ultimately directed toward creating and testing stem cell-based strategies to delay or reverse the effects of blinding retinal disorders.

“Production, characterization, and application of stem cell-derived photoreceptors,” takes place June 6, 2017, at 3 p.m. in Lipsett Auditorium.

The NEI AGI Seminar Series in Neuroregeneration explores topics relevant to regenerative neuroscience and medicine, with special emphasis on the visual system. For more information about the series, visit

For more information and to view a short animated video about the NEI AGI, visit
Series Name:  Audacious Goals Initiative Seminar Series in Neuroregeneration
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Tuesday, June 06, 2017   3:00pm - 4:00pm Add To Outlook Calendar     Add To iCal Calendar     Add To Entourage Calendar
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Name:   David Gamm
Title:   Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Organization:   University of Wisconsin-Madison
City/Province:   Madison
State:   Wisconsin
Country:   USA

Organization(s):  [NIH] National Eye Institute (NEI)

Location:  On the main NIH Campus
Building:  Bldg. 10
Room:  Lipsett Amphitheater

Name:   Dustin Hays
Phone:   301-496-5248
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