Gained in Translation

View of OHSU and Portland Aerial Tram from pedestrian bridge

14th Annual Gained in Translation Symposium

The Gained in Translation Symposium is a meeting of clinicians and vision scientists from University of Washington, University of British Columbia, and OHSU. Presentations focus on bridging the gap between disease treatment and the latest advances in translational and basic research. Areas of synergy are identified for future collaboration between these institutions. Clinical and research faculty, community colleagues, residents, fellows, and students are welcome to attend. Trainees and students are encouraged to present posters.

The meeting will be eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Keynote speaker

We are thrilled to welcome Natalie Afshari, M.D., FACS, as our keynote speaker for this year's meeting. Dr. Afshari is a Professor of Ophthalmology, Chief of Cornea & Refractive Surgery, and Vice Chair of Ophthalmology at Shiley Eye Institute at the University of California, San Diego. She is a respected clinician scientist, and her research specializes in research related to Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy.

Headshot photo of Dr. Natalie Afshari


Date: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023
Time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. with reception to follow
Location: OHSU Auditorium
Map and directions

Meeting organizers

Ethan Buhr, Ph.D., University of Washington
Aiyin Chen, M.D., OHSU
Claire Sheldon, M.D., Ph.D., FRCSC, University of British Columbia
Benjamin Sivyer, Ph.D., OHSU
Kaivon Vaezi, M.D., FRCSC, University of British Columbia
Matthew M. Zhang, M.D., University of Washington

Call for posters

Poster guidelines: Posters should conform to standard ARVO size guidelines (maximum 44" high x 66" wide, landscape layout). Push pins will be available on-site for mounting.

Submission: Please complete this form to submit your poster.

Meeting instructions: Please bring your poster to the Gained in Translation meeting between 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 to hang your poster. The poster session is combined with the lunch hour, and it is recommended that presenters stand by their poster for the first and last 10-15 minutes of that hour.


Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023


7:15 a.m. Breakfast begins
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Meeting programming
3 - 4 p.m. Reception


OHSU Auditorium
OHSU Marquam Hill Campus
3286 SW Research Drive
Portland, Oregon 97239
Map and directions


There is a free parking in Parking Garage C and in Lot 10, both located close to the auditorium building. 

Map of part of the OHSU campus close to the Old Library Auditorium with arrows to show parking.
Gained in Translation 2023 Program
Time Title Speaker
8:00-8:10 am Welcome Andreas K. Lauer M.D.
8:10-8:30 am Clinical lecture Shazib Haq, O.D.
8:30-8:50 am Translational Research Lecture: Update on Corneal Biomechanics Tueng Shen M.D., Ph.D.
8:50 - 9:00 am Q&A Moderated by Gregory Moloney, M.D., FRCSC
9:00 - 9:20 am Clinical lecture Claire Sheldon, M.D., Ph.D., FRCSC
9:20 - 9:50 am Research Lecture: New Era of Big Data Research using the Eyes Cecilia Lee M.D., M.S.
9:50 - 10:00 am Q&A Moderated by: Kaivon P. Vaezi M.D., FRCSC
10:00 - 10:15 am Break
10:15 - 10:30 am Keynote Speaker Introduction Russell Van Gelder M.D., Ph.D.
10:30 - 11:30 am Keynote Natalie Afshari, M.D., F.A.C.S.
11:30 - 12:30 pm Lunch and Poster Session
12:30 - 12:55 pm Basic Science Lecture: IMPDH in Inherited Retinal Disease Susan Brockeroff, Ph.D.
12:55 - 1:20 pm Translational research lecture: Translational Research in Retinal Degeneration Paul Yang M.D., Ph.D.
1:20 - 1:30 pm Q&A Moderated by Kirk Stephenson, MBBChBAO MD FEBO FRCSI(Oph) FRCOphth
1:30 - 12:55 pm Clinical lecture Afshan Nanji, M.D.
1:55 - 2:20 pm Translational lecture Corneal Endothelial Cell Replacement, Repair, and Regeneration Greg Moloney M.D.
2:20 - 2:30 pm Q&A Moderated by Shu Feng, M.D.
2:30 - 2:35 pm Helen Keller Award Presentation Russell Van Gelder M.D., Ph.D.
2:35 - 3:05 pm Helen Keller Award Lecture Ted Acott, Ph.D.
3:05 - 3:10 pm Closing Remarks Russell Van Gelder M.D., Ph.D.
3:10 - 4:30 pm Reception