Gained in Translation

View of OHSU and Portland Aerial Tram from pedestrian bridge

10th 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 Oregon Health Sciences University. 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.


Date: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019

Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. with reception to follow

Location: Knight Cancer Research Building, Auditorium, OHSU South Waterfront campus, 2720 SW Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Parking: There is a free parking lot located just north of the Knight Cancer Research building called the Schnitzer Parking Lot, and there is a covered parking garage in the next door Robertson Life Sciences Building that is $4.


Here are some recommended hotels that are close to the meeting area.

Meeting organizers

Jennifer Chao, M.D., Ph.D., University of Washington

Michael F. Chiang, M.D., OHSU

Miriam Spering, Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Claire Sheldon, M.D., Ph.D., University of British Columbia

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.


8-9 Breakfast & registration

9-9:15 Opening remarks 

9:15-10:15 Ophthalmic imaging and systemic disease (Moderated by Pete Campbell)

  • Joanne Matsabura: Visualizing amyloid beta in the Alzheimer’s eye
  • Cecilia Lee (UW): Ophthalmic imaging in dementia
  • David Huang (OHSU): OCT angiography and Doppler OCT in systemic disease
  • Discussion (Pete Campbell)

10:15-11:15 Information technology and Big data: promises and ethics (Moderated by Michael Chiang)

  • Michelle Hribar (OHSU): “Analytics and Big Data: Promises”
  • Aaron Lee (UW): “Analytics and Big Data: Privacy and Ethical Questions”
  • Discussion (Michael Chiang)

11:15-12:15 Keynote: Vinu Mahajan (Stanford): Molecular surgery for vitreoretinal disease

12:15-1:30 Lunch, breakout sessions, posters

1:30-2:30 Animal models for eye disease (Moderated by Jennifer Chao)

  • Orson Mortiz (UBC): Xenopus model for retinitis pigmentosa
  • Trevor McGill (OHSU): Non-human primate models for eye disease
  • Discussion (Jennifer Chao)

2:30-3:30 Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (moderated by Claire Sheldon)

  • To be determined
  • Russ Van Gelder (UW): Deep sequencing of adenovirus conjunctivitis
  • Discussion (Claire Sheldon)

3:30-3:45 Helen Keller Award (by Russ Van Gelder)

3:45-4:00 Closing remarks

4-5 Reception