Date: June 15, 2017

Location: The NEW Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University

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- Speaker Biographies


John E. Crews, KeyNote Speaker      Overview of Age-Related Eye Diseases

      Area Agency on Aging                 Ohio's Vision Health Initiative


Resource Moment                                Managing Medication       

 Department of Veterans Affairs   Aging and Low Energy: Insights for Glaucoma      


Alzheimer's Disease and                     Seeing the world through
      the Visual System                             rose-colored glasses


Agenda and Speakers

9:30 a.m.            


Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D. President

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Samuel D. Crish, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences



Aging Eye Summit Planning Committee

9:45 a.m.            

NEOMED Center for Neurodegenerative Disease and Aging (CNDA)          

Jason Richardson, Ph.D,

Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of CNDA

10:00 a.m.

Overview of Age-Related Eye Diseases  

Dean VanNasdale, OD, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

The Ohio State University College of Optometry

10:15 a.m.          

Keynote Address:

The Imperative to Address Chronic Conditions among Older People with Vision Impairment

John E. Crews, DPA


11:15 a.m.          

Resource Moment         

Laura Villwock, BA   Communications Specialist Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities

11:30 a.m.          

Ohio’s Vision Health Initiative    

Marcus J. Molea, AICP, MHA

Strategic Partnerships

Ohio Department of Aging

Dean VanNasdale, OD, PhD

Laura Schwartz, M. ED

Special Projects Coordinator

Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate


Lunch and Exhibits          


1:00 p.m.            

Resource Moment         

Brandon Wray, CRC, LPC,MRC

 Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities


1:15 p.m.            

Managing Medications that Affect Vision in Elderly Patients         

Sue Fosnight, R.Ph.

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Clinical Lead Pharmacist, Geriatrics, Summa Health System


2:00 p.m.            

Resource Moment         

Diane Peters, COMS

Chief Blind Rehabilitation

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center


2:15 p.m.            

Research Talks:

Alzheimer's Disease and the Visual System

Aging and Low Energy: Insights for Glaucoma

Seeing the World through Rose-Colored Glasses: Anatomical Connections between the Retina and Areas of the Brain that Control Mood         

Samuel D. Crish, Ph.D.

Denise M. Inman, PhD

Assistant Professor

Director, Integrated Pharmaceutical Medicine Program, NEOMED

Christine M. Crish, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, NEOMED

 2:50 p.m.           

Closing Remarks              

Samuel D. Crish, Ph. D.

3:15 p.m.            



The Aging Eye Summit: Vision for Tomorrow is presented by: Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership, The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness, and is hosted by Northeast Ohio Medical University’s College of Pharmacy and the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease and Aging at NEOMED. Planning Committee: Samuel Crish, PhD-Northeast Ohio Medical University (Chair), Andrew Hartwick, OD, PhD, Jacqueline Davis, OD, MPH, and Dean VanNasdale, OD, PhD-The Ohio State University College of Optometry, Heithem El-Hodiri, PhD- The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital,  Marcus J. Molea-Ohio Department of Aging, Christine Crish, PhD, and Denise Inman, PhD-Northeast Ohio Medical University,  Mary Jo McGuire, MS, OTR/L-Walsh University, and Darcy Downie, Sherry Williams, Stephanie Koscher, and Laura Schwartz -Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate.

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