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Experimental treatment for childhood eye disease shows promising results

In case you missed it on The Loop...view the full article: http://bit.ly/2IwRzMh

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"The first phase of a new treatment designed to improve the sight of those with a rare inherited childhood eye disease has shown promising results, University of Iowa researchers say.

'This is still very preliminary, but if the effects persist and other patients also demonstrate these results this intervention will continue the journey toward FDA evaluation,' says Stephen Russell, MD."

The study was published this week in Nature Medicine. Other University of Iowa researchers involved in the study were Arlene Drack, MDIan Han, MDMaria Hochstedtler; Wanda Pfeifer, OC(C), COMT; and Elliott Sohn, MD.

New gallery of biomedical research images

A new gallery of biomedical research images is now on display on the ground floor of the Carver Biomedical Research Building. The images, each measuring 5 feet in diameter and mounted on back-lit frames, are visible to pedestrian and vehicle traffic along Newton Road. The gallery highlights the breadth of foundational research conducted in the Carver College of Medicine. View full gallery: http://bit.ly/2GEdYWa

This scaffold may hold the key to restoring lost vision for some patients. It is used to support the attachment and growth of retinal progenitor cells (stem cells) during retina transplant. To date, it has shown success in small- and large-animal models of retinal degeneration. UI biomedical engineers are working to optimize these scaffolds – design/structure, degradation rate, thickness, and stiffness – for human transplant. They have developed a simple, rapid photopolymerization technique that produces thin, porous, degradable films, like the one pictured here. The material is so delicate that it folds in on itself during preparation for the scanning electron microscope (SEM) imaging.

- Kristan Worthington, PhD

Institute for Vision Research



WorldCanvass | Artificial Intelligence

abramoff michaelOn Tuesday, February 12, Dr. Michael Abramoff participated in the UI International Programs WorldCanvass event series discussing Artificial Intelligence in medicine.

“It’s news to very few of us that artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer only in the realm of science fiction—it’s all around us. But what is it? From disembodied communication partners like Siri and Alexa to targeted marketing, intelligent vehicles, advanced medical diagnostics, and deepening layers of social media analytics, AI is changing the way we live, work, and play. On the next WorldCanvass, an exceptional group of UI faculty and industry leaders in the fields of engineering, technology, education, medicine, and business will discuss the current impact of AI and what they see on the horizon.”

Listen to the full program recording here:

- iTunes

- Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

UI Family Services: Back-up Daycare Option

Submitted by Dawn McCalley-

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It is only February and our kids have already had a record number of days off school due to winter weather. This is a reminder that Family Services partners with two organizations in the community to provide back-up childcare that can be utilized during school snow days, if your child is mildly ill, or if you have a lapse in child care for any reason.

Visit http://hr.uiowa.edu/family-services/back-up-child-care to learn more about back-up, mildly ill, and occasional childcare resources. 

For more information and questions, please contact Diana Kremzar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wellness Corner

Submitted by Tonya Looker-

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Let's bounce back from winter and gain resilience this spring! Learn science-based ways to recover from challenges more quickly and build healthy mental and physical habits to optimize your well-being in this 4-session class. Topics include using positive self-talk, meditation, and gratitude to increase mental energy and manage stress. 

Note: No classes the week of UI Spring Break.

Section 1: University Capitol Centre (UCC) Board Room
Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m.to 12:50 p.m. 
March 6, March 13. March 27, April 3

Section 2: Via ZOOM 
Fridays, 12:00 p.m.to 12:50 p.m. 
March 8, March 15. March 29, April 5

Register by February 27, 2019. Classes begin the week of March 4. 

To register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 319-353-2973. This series is a part of liveWELL Health Coach Services

Iowa Lions Eye Bank | Update

Submitted by Deb Schuett-

Barbara Sickels of Eldon, Iowa is a patient of Dr. Mark Greiner and a recent recipient of a cornea transplant. Earlier this week, Barbara sent a thank-you note for her donor’s family, forwarded on to the family of her 67-year-old donor via the eye bank’s correspondence program.

To My Donor’s Family,

I want to thank you so much for the cornea transplant I received from your family’s donor. I am so thankful the Lord inspires people to do this, because I did not want to lose my sight in that eye, and it would have happened in time without the transplant. I do a lot of needlework and reading. I am 82 years old. Again, thank you and bless you always. Barbara

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As we have some new faces around the department that may not be familiar with the weekly update, we want to remind you to share your news with the update team! Whether it be personal or professional, the update is a newsletter for the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences employees to communicate news and events that are important to you, or may be of interest to others. A few examples of submission topics: employee awards, recognitions, and life events (weddings, birth announcements, accomplishments - personal and professional, new employees, retirements, and more…)

Feel free to send by email or stop by the C.S. O’Brien Library if you have something you would like to share (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Lectures and Conferences

updated 2/22/2019

schedule subject to change


Feb 25

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Dr. Elaine Binkley - Tumor OKAP Review


Feb 26

8:00 AM

On Call Rounds


Feb 27

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Heather Stiff, PGY-3


Feb 28

8:00 AM

EPIC Upgrade Presentation


Mar 01

7:45 AM

BCSC Glaucoma - Dr. Bettis

schedule subject to change


Mar 04

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Marcus Noyes, OD - Optometry Faculty Candidate - "Creative Applications of Specialty Contact Lenses: A Case Series"


Mar 05

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Dr. Matthew Miller - Glaucoma OKAP Review


Mar 06

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Dr. Anne Langguth - Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus OKAP Review


Mar 07

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Matthew Benage, PGY-3


Mar 08

8:45 AM

Clinical Conference - Retina

schedule subject to change


Mar 11

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Dr. Alison Bozung - OKAP Optics Review


Mar 12

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Dr. Alison Bozung - OKAP Optics Review


Mar 13

8:00 AM

NO MORNING ROUNDS - dedicated OKAP study time


Mar 14

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Dr. Bryce Radmall - Oculoplastics OKAP Review


Mar 15

7:45 AM

BCSC Glaucoma - Dr. Boese

schedule subject to change

CME ACCREDITATION: The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME CREDIT DESIGNATION: The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

SPONSORED BY: The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences.

CONTENT: Determination of educational content for this educational activity and the selection of speakers and facilitators are responsibilities of the activity director. Any commercial firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.

DISCLOSURE POLICY: Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

TARGET AUDIENCE: Faculty, residents, fellows.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES: Upon participating in this educational series, the participant should be able to discuss interesting and challenging clinical cases in a didactic and interactive format.

Upcoming Events

  • Mar 18 - 22 - NO ROUNDS - OKAP Review
  • Apr 4 - Pathology Lecture Series - Dr. Nasreen Syed
  • Apr 5 - Clinical Conference: Cataract/Comprehensive
  • May 20 - Scott Lecture Series - Dr. Annick Fournier
  • Jun 6 - Pathology Lecture Series - Dr. Nasreen Syed
  • Aug 1 - Pathology Lecture Series - Dr. Nasreen Syed
  • Sept 23 - Scott Lecture Series - Dr. Gil Binenbaum

About The Update

The Ophthalmology Update is a newsletter for employees of the Department of Ophthalmology. Editor & staff writer: Kelsey Hunold (7-8001) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; staff writers: Caroline Allen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Joe Schmidt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; copy editor: Peg Harris; Department Head: Keith D. Carter, MD.