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2010 Abstracts and Meeting Agenda

Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group
43rd Annual Meeting
Grand Hyatt
San Francisco
October 23, 2009

MODERATORS:     Elmer Tu, M.D.
                                    David Ritterband, M.D.

6:45 am Registration
7:30 am Introduction by Moderators
7:35 am

2009 Harry Hirsch Leiter Award Recipient: Epidemiology of ulcerative keratitis in northern California

  • B.H..Jeng,1,2, D.C. Gritz 1,2 , A.B. Kumar1, D.S. Holsclaw1,4 , T.C. Porco1,5 , S.D. Smith2 , J.P. Whitcher1 , T.P. Margolis1 , I.G. Wong1,6
    1F.I. Proctor Foundation and the Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco, CA., 2 Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.,3 Kaiser Permanente Foundation Hospitals-Oakland, Richmond, CA, 4 Redwood City, CA, 5 Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University     of California, San Francisco, CA, 6Dept. of Ophthalmology, Stanford Univ., Palo Alto, CA

7:43 am

Epidemiology of ulcerative keratitis in northern California

  • B.H. Jeng1,2, D.C. Gritz1,3, A.B. Kumar1, D.S. Holsclaw1,4, T.C. Porco1,5, S.D. Smith2, J.P. Whitcher1, T.P. Margolis1, I.G. Wong1,6
    1F.I. Proctor Foundation and the Dept. of Ophthalmology, Univ. of CA San Francisco, 2Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, OH, 3Kaiser Permanente Foundation Hospitals-Oakland, Richmond, and 4Redwood City, CA, 5Dept. of Epi. and Biostatistics, Univ. of CA San Francisco, 6Dept. of Ophthalmology, Stanford Univ., Palo Alto, CA
7:46 am

Diagnosis of Microsporidial Keratitis by Polymerase Chain Reaction.

  • G.A.K. Reddy1, P.K. Balne1, K. Gaje1, P. Garg2
    1Jhaveri Microbiology Centre, Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India,
    2Cornea and Anterior Segment Services, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India.
7:54 am

A 12-year Retrospective PCR Testing Study of Ocular Specimens for Chlamydia, HSV, Adenovirus, and VZV.

  • R.P. Kowalski, P.P. Thompson,
    Charles T. Campbell Ophthalmic Microbiology Laboratory,
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
8:02 am

Improper Storage / Transport Temperatures, Defective Plastic Bottles, and the Worldwide Fusarium Keratitis Epidemic of 2004-2006.

  • J.D. Bullock, L. Elder, R.E. Warwar
    Departments of Community Health, Mathematics and Statistics, Ophthalmology, and Pathology, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OH
8:10 am

Multidrug Resistant Fusarium Keratitis Progressing to Endophthalmitis.

  • S.L. Edelstein, H. Hsu, L. Akduman
    St. Louis University Eye Institute, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
8:18 am

In Vivo Confocal Microscopy of Corneal Nerve Alterations in Acute Acanthamoeba and Fungal Keratitis.

  • K. Kurbanyan, L.M. Hoesl, W.A. Schrems, P. Hamrah.
    Cornea Service & Ocular Surface Imaging Center, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard  Medical School, Boston, MA.
8:26 am

Acanthamoeba Endophthalmitis following Penetrating Keratoplasty for Acanthamoeba Keratitis.

  • M.J. Davis1,2, K.H. Packo1,2, R.J. Epstein1,3, R.J. Grostern1, J.A. Cohen1,2
    1 Rush University Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology , Chicago IL. 2 Illinois Retina Associates, Chicago, IL. 3 Chicago Cornea Consultants, Chicago, IL
8:34 am

Resolution of acanthamoeba keratoconjuncitivitis without the use of anti-acanthamoebal therapy.

  • L.J. Cervantes, C.Y. Shih, D.C. Ritterband, M Shah,
    J.A. Seedor, I.J. Udell
    North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health System;
    New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
8:42 am

Partial characterization of collagenolytic enzymes secreted by Acanthamoeba virulent strains.

  • F.R.S. Carvalho1, L.C. Carrijo-Carvalho2, A.M. Chudzinski-Tavassi2,A.S. Foronda1, D de Freitas1
    1Federal University of Sao Paulo, Department of Ophthalmology;
    Butantan Institute, Laboratory of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
8:50 am

Bacterial Transference by Needles Passed through Cadaveric Conjunctiva.

  • M. Mifflin, J. Pettey, W. McEntire, D. Pettey, K. Kamae, Y.F. Khalifa,
    R.J. Olson
    University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology, Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, UT
8:58 am

The effect of bacterial proliferation to lens capsule.

  • S. Kobayakawa, T. Tochikubo.
    Department of Ophthalmology, Toho U., Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo, Japan.
9:06 am

Persistence of MRSA on Ocular Surface following Primary Infection.

  • D. Miller1, D. Almeida2, E. Alfonso1
    Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida1, Department of Ophthalmology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario2
9:14 am

Prophylactic Treatment of Staphylococcus aureus Infection in the Rabbit Anterior Chamber with Vigamox or Besivance.

  • C.L. Balzli, A. Caballer, A. Tang, C.C. McCormick, R.J. O’Callaghan
    Department of Microbiology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS
9:22 am

The Evaluation of Levofloxacin 1.5% in the Treatment of Levofloxacin-Susceptible and Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Rabbit Keratitis Models.

  • E.G. Romanowski, R.P. Kowalski, F.S. Mah,
    R.M.Q. Shanks, Y.J. Gordon
    The Charles T. Campbell Ophthalmic Microbiology Laboratory, UPMC Eye Center, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Research Center, Eye and Ear Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA.
9:30 am

Inhibition of Staphylococcal Biofilm Formation in vitro by DuraSite and AzaSite.

  • E. Wu, F.S. Mah, E.G. Romanowski, R.P. Kowalski, Y.J. Gordon,
    and R.M.Q. Shanks
    The Charles T. Campbell Laboratory, UPMC Eye Center, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Research Center, Eye and Ear Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
9:38 am

American and Indian clinical isolates of P. aeruginosa harbor CRISPR genes from multiple subtypes.

  • J.H. Hammond1, K.C. Cady1, P Lalitha3, R..S. Karthikeyan3 , R.T. Allar2, G.A. O’Toole1,  M. E. Zegans1,2
    1Dept of Microbiology and Immunology,
    2Dept of Surgery (Ophthalmology) Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH,
    3Dept of Ocular Microbiology, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, India
9:46 am

Muckle-Wells Syndrome: Ophthalmic Findings in Seven Patients.

  • J.M. Schrieber1, N.P. Barney1,2
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health1,
    Madison, WI, Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences2
9:54 am

Itchy Eyes. Really Itchy Eyes: Poison Ivy Keratitis.

  • S.L. Williamson, R.S. Weinberg
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Wilmer Eye Institute, and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD  
10:02 am

Mannose Binding Lectin as part of the Complement System: Absent in the Normal Eye but Present in the Inflamed Human Eye.

  • S. Chow1, M. Daniell1, M. Dean3, J. Depla4, D. Eisen2
    1Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne Australia,  2Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, 3Co-operative Research Centre for Vaccine Technology, Brisbane, Australia, 4Vitreo-retinal Unit, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
10:10 am

Blockade of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-C (VEGF-C) Suppresses Blood (Heme-) and Lymph-angiogenesis and Improves Corneal Transplant Survival.

  • A.R. Hajrasouliha, T Funaki, Z Sadrai, T Hattori, R Dana
    Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
10:18 am

Therapeutic Eefficacy of Topical Blockade of Interleukin-1 in Murine Dry Eye Disease.

  • A. Okanobo, M. Dastjerdi, S. Chauhan, N. Nallasamy, Z. Sadrai, R. Dana
    Schepens Eye Research Institute and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School,  Boston,  Massachusetts  
10:26 am

A Combination Povidone-Iodine 0.4% / Dexamethasone 0.1% Ophthalmic Suspension in the Treatment Of Adenoviral Conjunctivitis.

  • J.S. Pelletier1, K. Stewart1, W. Trattler2, D.C. Ritterband3,4, S. Braverman5, C.M. Samson3,4,6, B. Liang6, J.A. Capriotti1,6
    1 Ocean Ophthalmology Group, North Miami Beach, FL,  2The Center For Excellence in Eye Care, Miami, FL, 3New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY, 4New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, 5Braverman Eye Center, Hallandale Beach, FL, 6CLS Pharmaceuticals, New York, NY

10:34 am



Human Adenovirus Type D53: Molecular Evolution Influencing Tropism.

  • J. Chodosh 1, M.P. Walsh2, A.V. Chintakuntlawar1, C.M. Robinson1, I. Madisch3, B. Harrach4, N.R. Hudson5, D. Schnurr6, A. Heim3, D. Seto2, M.S. Jones5
    1Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary – Harvard Medical School, 2George Mason University, 3Insitut für Virologie – Medizinische Hochschule, 4Veterinary Med. Res. Inst. - Hungarian Academy of Sciences,  5David Grant USAF Medical Center – Travis AFB, 6Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory – California Dept of Public Health

2008 Harry Hirsch Leiter Award Recipient:
Endosymbionts as co-pathogens in Acanthamoeba keratitis.

  • A. Iovienol,2, D. Miller1, D. Ledee1, N. Mandal1, E. Alfonso1
    1Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine,Miami, FL;
    Ophthalmology Department, University Campus Bio-medico, Rome, Italy.
10:50 am

14th Thygeson Lecture:
Establishment of Latent infection with Herpes Simplex Virus.

  • Todd P. Margolis, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology, Rose B. Williams Chair in Corneal Research and Director, Francis I. Proctor Foundation
10:58 pm

Closing Comments and Awards


12:00 pm


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