AAO’s Truhlsen-Marmor Museum offering spring viral programs

April 5, 2021
Lynda Charters

The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye is offering a free 2-part virtual series that will provide attendees an idea what is going on inside of their very own eyes and gut.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye is offering a free 2-part virtual series for interested parties to find out what is going on inside of their very own eyes and gut.

The first lecture, titled “Meet Your Eye Microbiome,“ will be presented at 3 pm (noon PT) EST April 28, 2021, by Anthony St. Leger, PhD, a professor and researcher at the Ocular Microbiome and Immunity Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh.

St. Leger will help his audience learn about how microbes work to maintain healthy or diseased states in the eye.

Robert M.Q. Shanks, PhD, from the Charles T. Campbell Eye Microbiology Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh, will join St. Leger in a discussion of the most common microbes found in the eyes and how these microbes are used in innovative research projects.

Registration for this event is available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-your-eye-microbiome-tickets-149185783695

The second lecture, titled “The Gut and the Eye,” is scheduled for 3 pm EST (noon PT) May 26, 2021.

A great deal of recent interest has been generated in the exploration of the link between the gut and eye diseases and finding out just how complex the gut is. It is estimated that about 1000 bacteria take up residence in the human digestive system, but little is known about the vast majority of them. A better understanding of these players may be instrumental in treating eye diseases.

Those interested in “The Gut and the Eye” can register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-gut-and-the-eye-tickets-149205613005.