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In an effort to stimulate research at the Pan-American level and recognize the efforts of our young investigators, the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) has been organizing the Pan-American Research Day, in conjunction with the important partnerships with the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and with Allergan Latin America, for the past several years and it has become an exciting tradition.

  • There is no entrance fee for this event: it is free! The meeting is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 12:00 noon to 6 pm in Honolulu, Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawaii, 651 Ilalo Street, Medical Education Bldg, 3rd Floor, Rooms 301 and 304. Even though there is no entrance fee, it is necessary to register for this meeting so we may prepare your name badge and program materials. The deadline for online preregistration is April 20, 2018. Onsite registration will open at 10 AM, Saturday, April 28.

  • **Deadline for Speaker requests has passed. The program is full with a wait list for speakers.** Check below for the complete program.
    • Information for PARD-acceptedSpeakers: Due to logistical limitations at this year’s venue:
      • we can only accept presentations in Power Point format. Mac/Keynote presentations are incompatible with the JABSOM system.
      • All Power Point presentations MUST be received by the April 25 deadline. It will not be possible for speakers to use their own computer to “plug and play”. Speakers cannot drop off or change their presentation the day of the meeting. Speaker who do not submit their Power Point presentation by the deadline risk being removed from the program, or presenting without a visual aid.
      • Files should be sent to the Pan-America FTP drop box site  
  • **Travel Award recipients have been selected.**

    2018 Pyott/ARVO Travel Award (sponsored by the David and Molly Pyott Foundation)

    •      María Constanza Potilinski (Argentina)

    2018 Arno Habicht Award for Research Sciences (sponsored by The Allergan Foundation)

    •      Natasha Ferreira Santos da Cruz MD (Brazil)

    •      Jorge Luis Domene Hickman MD (Mexico)

    •      Vinicius Silbiger de Stefano MD (Brazil)

Mark your calendar to plan to come one day early to attend/participate! This is a free event! We hope that you will partake in this opportunity to share your work and experience.


Dr. Jorge Valdez
Chair, Organizing Committee

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2018 PARD Program


Keynote Speakers

Beatriz Rodriguez

Beatriz Rodriguez, MD MPH PhD

Professor of Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, HI  USA


Lecture: Diabetes and Its Complications



Steve Charles, MD

Founder, The Charles Retina Institute

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee

Memphis, TN  USA


Lecture: Macular Patch Graft


10:00 AM

Registration opens
JABSOM Medical Education Building, 3rd Floor

A limited number of lunch boxes will be available to registered attendees.


Room 301
(Posterior Segment)

Room 304
(Anterior Segment)

12:00 PM - 12:10 PM

Fernando Arevalo MD FACS


12:10 PM - 12:13 PM

Jorge E. Valdez Garcia MD
Introduction of Keynote Speaker


12:13 PM - 12:25 PM

Beatriz Rodriguez MD MPH PhD
Keynote talk: Diabetes and its Complications


12:25 PM - 12:35 PM

BREAK (break out to ANTERIOR and POSTERIOR rooms and programs)


Room Coordinator: Arturo Ramirez Miranda MD (Mexico)


Pedro Carricondo MD (Brazil); Juan E. Gallo MD (Argentina); Lulu Ululani Gurria Quintana MD (Mexico); Jasbeth Ledesma-Gil MD (Mexico); Valentina Franco-Cardenas MD (Mexico)


Enrique Graue Hernandez MD (Mexico); Luis Izquierdo Jr. MD (Peru); Jesús Merayo Lloves MD (Spain); Alejandro Navas MD (Mexico

12:35 PM - 12:40 PM

Renato Damasceno MD
Orbital lymphatic vessels in humans: a new paradigm.

Abraham Olvera Barrios MD
Refractive Stability after LASIK-Xtra for Hyperopia and Astigmatism

12:40 PM - 12:45 PM

Paulina Garcia de Alba Graue MD
The transcription factor SREBP-1 as a novel marker for sebaceous cell carcinoma of the eyelid

Nallely Rubi Morales Mancillas MD
Outcomes of Presenile Cataract Surgery in a Hispanic population

12:45 PM - 12:50 PM

Tomas Ortiz Basso MD
New uses of short tau inversion recovery (STIR) magnetic resonance imaging for the evaluation of Graves Ophthalmopathy activity

Laís Yumi Sakano MD
Classification of Different Morphometric Profiles of Human Corneal Endothelium

12:50 PM - 12:55 PM

Ana Beatriz Dias MD
A series of unusual intraocular and orbital metastasis: the importance of immunohistochemistry for the final diagnosis

Gabriela Acosta Suarez
Evaluation of the Best Corrected Visual Acuity Outcome in Patients Undergoing Phacoemulcification vs Small Incision Cataract Surgery in older patients with cost concerns

12:55 PM - 1:00 PM

Eduardo Arenas MD
New Method to Simulate Dermatochalasis Surgery

María Dolores Montalvo Parra MD
Evaluation of cultured corneal endothelial cells morphology with an easy and free tool

1:00 PM - 1:05 PM

Jade Marie Lasiste MD
Ceritinib is a more potent ALK inhibitor than crizotinib in uveal melanoma

José Alberto Nava García MD
Visual Outcomes of presenile cataract surgery compared with Refractive Lens Exchange in Mexican population (presented by Martha Cecilia Lopez-Montero MD)

1:05 PM - 1:10 PM

Myriam MacDonald MD
The epidemiology and clinical features of patients with both ocular and cutaneous melanomas.

Maria de Los Angeles Ochoa Hidalgo MD
Repercussion of cataract surgery in the quality of life of the patients and correlation with visual acuity

1:10 PM - 1:15 PM

Ruben Espino Icazbalceta MD
Amblyopia as a risk factor for recurrence in patients with infantile esotropia treated surgically: 10-year follow-up.

Christina Mastromonaco BSc MSc GCBA PhD Candidate
Histopathological analysis of residual lens cells in capsular opacities after cataract surgery

1:15 PM - 1:20 PM

Sofia Perez Solorzano MD
Identification Of Five Somatic Mutations In KRAS And FGFR1 Genes In Mexican Patients With Oculocutaneous Syndromes

Daniela Alanis MD
Socioeconomic Factors Regarding Cataract Surgery in a Developing Country

1:20 PM - 1:25 PM

Yessa Vervloet Bertollo Lamego Rautha MD
Correlations between age and ocular aberrations in school children

Eduardo Martinez Sanchez MD
Three years follow-up of central flow toric implantable collamer lens implantation

1:25 PM - 1:30 PM

Carlos Adolfo Muller-Morales
Clinico-epidemiologic features of oculocutaneous albinism in Mexico City

Sofia Isabel Bravo-Beltranena MD
Case Series of Pediatric Sutured Scleral Lens Fixation in Guatemala City

1:30 PM - 1:35 PM

Marco Vinicio Viquez MD
Sensitivity and Specificity of the Neonatal Red Reflex

Alessandro Adad Jammal MD
What amount of visual field loss is associated with visual impairment in glaucoma?

1:35 PM - 1:40 PM

Natalia Paulina Quiroz Casian MD
Sclerocornea-microphthalmia-aphakia complex: Description of two additional cases associated with novel FOXE3 mutations and review of the literature.

Carlos Francisco Navas Villar MD
Outcomes of trabectome and phaco-trabectome by glaucoma severity: experience in a reference center in Mexico.

1:40 PM - 1:45 PM

Sandra Belalcazar MD
Convolutional Neural Networks for identification and classification of optic nerve damage features

Claudia Lorena Arellano Martínez MD
Clinical and Epidemiological Characteristics in paticients with Capsular Block Syndrome diagnosed in “Instituto de Oftalmología Conde de Valenciana”

1:45 PM - 1:50 PM

Vasile Diaconu MD
Caffeine and Optic Nerve Blood Oxygenation

João Victor Godinho MD
Specular microscope using automatic counting can generate unacceptable Sample error in normal corneas

1:50 PM - 1:55 PM

María Constanza Potilinski
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Decreases Cx43 Expression Through PI3K/AKT Pathway in ARPE-19 Cells Exposed to High Glycemia (recipient 2018 Pyott/ARVO Travel Award)

David Cordeiro Sousa MD
Xen-augmented Baerveldt tube vs. Ahmed valve in glaucoma

1:55 PM - 2:00 PM

Matias Iglicki MD
Progression of Diabetic Retinopathy Severity after Treatment with Dexamethasone Implant – A 24-Month Cohort Study The ‘DR-Pro-DEX Study’

Joao Filipe Barbosa Breda MD
AngioOCT peripapillary microvascular density outperforms standard OCT parameters as a discriminant between different glaucoma severity levels – The Leuven Eye Study

2:00 PM - 2:05 PM

Alejandro Lopez Garcia Tinajero MD
Clinical Features of Multiple Evanescent White dot Syndrome of Mexican Population in an Ophthalmological Reference Center.

Nadia Rios-Acosta MD
Effect of Tobacco Smoking on Outcomes of Trabeculectomy

2:05 PM - 2:10 PM

Aline Astorga MD
Evaluation of the foveal avascular zone with Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography of the retina in diabetic patients without retinopathy.

Vicente Zanon-Moreno PhD
Genetic Risk Score for Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Prediction: Inverse Correlations with Plasma Vitamin C and E Concentrations (presented by María Dolores Pinazo-Duran MD PhD)

2:10 PM - 2:15 PM

Antonio Ferreras MD, PhD
Effect of adherence to the Mediterranean diet on diabetic retinopathy and choroidal thickness

Alejandro Guerrero-Leon MD
Clinical characteristics of children with Ahmed glaucoma valve implantation in a reference center in Mexico.

2:15 PM - 2:20 PM

Bani Antonio-Aguirre MBBS
Preventive effects of (-)-epicatechin on retina and pigmented epithelium impaired by sodium iodate (NaIO3)

Livia de Andrade Freire MD
Donor Cornea Quality Preserved in two different Media: Eusol-C® and Optisol-GS®

2:20 PM - 2:25 PM

Catharina Busch MD
Dexamethasone Implant for Diabetic Macular Edema in Naïve Compared To Refractory Eyes. The International Retina Group Real-Life 24 Month Multicenter Study” The IRGRel-DEX Study”

Marisa Arcos MD
In vitro study with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) solution to decrease intraocular pressure and neuroprotection

2:25 PM - 2:30 PM

Claudia Zepeda-Palacio MD
Choroidal thickness among Hispanics by Enhanced Depth Imaging Optical Coherence Tomography (EDI-OCT)

Natasha Ferreira Santos da Cruz MD
Translaminar pressure gradient and ocular perfusion pressure in glaucoma patients with different optic disc sizes (recipient 2018 Arno Habicht Award for Research Sciences)

2:30 PM - 2:35 PM

Dinah Zur MD
Optical Coherence Tomography Biomarkers as Functional Outcome Predictors in Diabetic Macular Edema Treated with Dexamethasone Implant

Jesús Antonio Soto Muñoz MD
Comparison of corneal topographic characteristics between eyes with indication of transepithelial (Epi-on) and Epi -off Cross linking for treatment of keratoconus in a reference center in Mexico City

2:35 PM - 2:40 PM

Eleonora Beatriz Lavaque MD
Scleral Buckling for Severe Postraumatic Hypotony new therapeutic Approach for Traumatic Ciliochoroidal Detachment Consequences

David Lozano Giral MD
Identification of the rs121908120 polymorphism of the WNT10A gene as a risk factor for developing Keratoconus in a Mexican population sample

2:40 PM - 2:45 PM

Francisco Jose Rodriguez Alvira MD
Results of Aflibercept in Hispanics with retinal vein occlusion macular edema  (presented by Shirley Rosenstiehl  MD)

Denise Loya García MD
Molecular characterization of pterygium fibroblasts in an enhanced serial explant culture technique

2:45 PM - 2:50 PM

Geovanni Rios MD
Endothelial Vascular Growth Factor Polymorphism -634 C/G Association with the Bevacizumab Intravitreal Therapy Response in Latin Population with Diabetic Macular Edema

Alexandra Mieth MD
Fast Pterygium Surgery without a Plastia

2:50 PM - 2:55 PM

Hernan Andres Rios MD
Automatic prediction of capillarity patterns on Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography images

Erick Omar Encampira MD
Analysis of Basal Epithelial Cell Density and Cell Morphology in Eyes with Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency

2:55 PM - 3:00 PM

Humberto Ruiz Garcia MD
Quantitative OCT-A analysis in patients treated with anti-VEGF therapy for macular edema.

Fernando Cesar Abib MD PhD
Different Types of Human Subnormal Corneal Endothelium according to Lifetime Cornea Transparency

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM



3:15 PM - 3:20 PM

Juan Ignacio Bianchi MD
Ultraestructural analysis of macular reattachment with Optical Coherence Tomography in patients with macula-off retinal detachment

Johanna Garzon P. MD
Effects of Diabetes type 2 on Meibomian glands, ocular surface and tear function

3:20 PM - 3:25 PM

Julius Baya Mdzomba MD
Nogo-A inactivation promotes visual recovery and plasticity after retinal injury

Juan Carlos Serna Ojeda MD MSc
Boston Type I Keratoprosthesis versus a low-cost design, the Auro Keratoprosthesis.

3:25 PM - 3:30 PM

Lea Rodriguez MD
Human tau expression exerts beneficial effects on the mouse retinal function

Judith Zavala PhD
Gene expression pattern difference between pterygium fibroblasts and other types of fibroblasts

3:30 PM - 3:35 PM

Liara Nakamura Hirota MD
Analysis of foveal thickness in patients with oculocutaneous albinism using OCT with eyetracker

Monica Saucedo Ulloa MD
Evaluation of effectiveness of the arc sterile as a solution to ambulatory ophthalmologic surgery

3:35 PM - 3:40 PM

Maria A Moussalli MD
Pigmentary autosomal dominant familiar retinopathy of penetrance and variable expressivity: Report of a deletion not reported in the human rhodopsin gene in a series of family cases (presented by Tomas Ortiz Basso MD)

Norma Cecilia Morales Flores MD
Clinical and epidemiologic characteristics of corneal trauma presented at the emergency department of an ophthalmological referral center in Central Mexico.

3:40 PM - 3:45 PM

María Dolores Pinazo-Duran MD PhD
Diabetic retinopathy-clinical and molecular genetic insights from a type 2 diabetes mellitus population-based cohort study.

Andreina Tarff MD
Amoebicidal activity of oxygenized riboflavin photoactivation: BPerox-UVA as a novel combination therapy for keratitis

3:45 PM - 3:50 PM

Miguel Nicolas Cruz Pimentel MD
The SD-OCT and OCT-A profile of DRIL extension in cases of diabetic macular edema refractory to anti-VEGF

Gustavo Coelho Caiado MD
Contact or Non-Contact Corneal Specular Microscopes: Which specular microscope is suggested for each patient?

3:50 PM - 3:55 PM

Miguel Angel Zapata MD
Artificial intelligence for evaluating retinographies: beyond the diabetic retinopathy

Angella Michelle Cerrate MD
Comparison of the effect of eye rubbing in keratoconus and normal eyes using Scheimpflug analysis and Ocular Response Analyzer

3:55 PM - 4:00 PM

Rosa Dolz Marco MD PhD
Histologically-guided metrics for atrophy progression in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) tested via clinicopathologic correlation.

Jorge Luis Domene Hickman MD
Molecular expression of aldehyde dehydrogenase 3A1, peroxiredoxin 2 and keratin in fibroblasts of primary and recurrent pterygium (recipient 2018 Arno Habicht Award for Research Sciences)

4:00 PM - 4:05 PM

Emiliano Teran
On the smartphone's light emission and its blue light contribution

Helena Prior Filipe MD MSc
Drug-loaded intraocular lenses: prediction of the in vivo therapeutic efficacy

4:05 PM - 4:10 PM

Jesus Guerrero Becerril MD
Relationship between smoking and ocular diseases: a case-control study in a specialized hospital in Mexico City

David Jimenez-Collado MD
Pharmacogenetic markers predictors of response to treatment for primary open angle glaucoma: Systematic review and meta-analysis

4:10 PM - 4:15 PM

Scarlett Fest MD
Clinical features and genomic work in the first Latin American family affected with North Carolina Macular DystrophyClinical features and genomic work in the first Latin American family affected with North Carolina Macular Dystrophy

Vinicius Silbiger de Stefano MD
Differences in Corneal Biomedhanical Behavior between Normal and Kertoconic Corneas using In-vivo Optical Coherence Elastography (recipient 2018 Arno Habicht Award for Research Sciences)

4:15 PM - 4:20 PM

Bárbara de Carvalho Freire MD
Evaluation of Retinal Vasculature in Patients with Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion Through Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography

Jaime David Martinez MD
Corneal Changes in Patients Treated with Rose Bengal Photodynamic Antimicrobial Therapy for Severe Infectious Keratitis

4:20 PM - 4:25 PM

Ali Salimi MSc
Real-world outcomes of Aflibercept treatment for chronic diabetic macular edema in Bevacizumab non-responders in a Canadian setting

Prisca Bustamante MD
CD109: a novel marker for Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia differentiation

4:25 PM - 4:30 PM

Alejandra Nieto Jordan MD
Recurrence of vitreous haemorrhage secondary to diabetic retinopathy in patients treated with intraoperative intravitreous Bevacizumab

Sabrina Bergeron MSc
The role of VEGF Expression in Superior Limbic Keratoconjunctivitis

4:30 PM - 4:35 PM

Efrain Romo Garcia MD
Use Of Aflibercept (Zaltrap ZIV) in Diabetic Macular Edema

Lourdes Rodriguez
Efficacy and tolerability of a new thermostable formulation of latanoprost in nanoparticles

4:35 PM - 4:40 PM

Jose Francisco Perez-Vazquez MD
Efficiency in consultation time through the use of Smartphone Care Collaboration Software on new patients at a tertiary eye care center

Rodrigo Isaac Lozano MD
Efficacy of surgical excision of encapsulated bleb in patients with Ahmed glaucoma valve implant

4:40 PM - 4:45 PM

Manuel Arturo Trujillo Alvarez MD
Minimum Ultrasonic Gain as an Objective Density Measurement for Vitreous Hemorrhages

Ana Boris Moreno Andrade MD
Anatomical changes of the anterior segment following circunferential silicone sponge scleral buckling surgery measured with AS-OCT

4:45 PM - 4:50 PM

Ursula Inés Martínez MD
Fundus Autofluorescence and Optical Coherence Tomography correlation in patients with macula-off retinal detachment and following surgical retinal reattachment

Bruna Duarte MS
Impact of pterygium in the ocular surface parameters and tear cytokine profile

4:50 PM - 4:55 PM

Wilehaldo Quiñónez Quiñónez MD
Use of silicon oil to reduce bleeding after vitrectomy in patients with vitreous hemorrhage due to diabetic retinopathy

Fernando Morales Wong MD
Evaluation of Corneal Surface after Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK) and Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK).

4:55 PM - 5:00 PM

Rami Darwich BSc MSc PhD
Targeted Gene Therapy of the Corneal Endothelium using Functionalized Nanoparticle Assisted Femtosecond Laser Technology

Clarisa Del Hierro MD
Sutureless scleral tunnel trabeculectomy, case series report.

5:00 PM - 5:05 PM

Facundo Gregorio Sanchez MD
Success Rate of Micropulse Transscleral Cyclophotocoagulation in Complex Glaucoma Based on Variable Treatment Duration

Etienne Benard-Seguin MD
Cataract Surgery Wound Architecture with Manual vs. Femtosecond Laser Assisted Catalys Procedures

5:05 PM - 5:10 PM

Júlia Gomes Fernandes Polido MD
Efficacy and Safety of Riboflavin-Ultraviolet Type A Rays Inducing Cross-Linking of Corneal Collagen in Patients Aged 8 to 16 Years with Progressing Keratoconus

Laura Andrea Cañola MD
Corneal Tomographic Findings in Patients with Glaucoma and Abnormal Corneas

5:10 PM - 5:20 PM

BREAK (rooms combine)

BREAK (move to Room 301)

5:20 PM - 5:23 PM

Jorge E. Valdez Garcia MD
Introduction of Keynote speaker


5:23 PM - 5:35 PM

Steve Charles MD
Keynote talk: Macular Patch Graft


5:35 PM - 5:45 PM

Jorge E. Valdez Garcia MD
Thank Allergan and reps for support


5:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Jorge E. Valdez Garcia MD & Paulo E.C. Dantas MD

2018 Pyott/ARVO Travel Award (sponsored by the David and Molly Pyott Foundation)

•      María Constanza Potilinski (Argentina)

2018 Arno Habicht Award for Research Sciences (sponsored by The Allergan Foundation)

•      Natasha Ferreira Santos da Cruz MD (Brazil)

•      Jorge Luis Domene Hickman MD (Mexico)

•      Vinicius Silbiger de Stefano MD (Brazil)


6:00 PM -

Adjourn to Reception


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April 28th, 2018 12:00 PM   through   6:00 PM
John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawaii
651 Ilalo Street, Medical Education Bldg, 3rd floor, Rooms 301 & 304
Honolulu, HI 96813
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