Date: June 6, 2019

Location: The NEW Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University, 4211 OH-44, Rootstown, OH 44272

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Registration is free, including lunch, to the first 150 registrations.

Time: 9:00 am Registration ~ 9:30 am Program ~ 3:30 pm Close 

For: Vision Researchers, clinicians, allied health, public health and rehabilitation professionals, patients, aging network professionals, social workers, students, bio-science funders and leaders from government and the bio-tech industry. 

The focus of this Aging Eye Summit is to promote understanding, early detection, and treatment of eye disease related to diabetes and other autoimmune disorders.

Aging Eye Summit: Our Bodies–Our Vision Program

9:00 am   Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 am   Welcome
Ursel J. McElroy, MPA, Director,
Ohio Department of Aging

9:45 am   Neurodegenerative Diseases and Aging Research
Samuel D. Crish, Ph.D., Interim Director, Neurodegenerative Disease & Aging Research Focus Area,
Northeast Ohio Medical University

10:00 am  Keynote
Vision Problems Associated with Diabetes and Autoimmune Disorders
Joseph Coney, MD, Ophthalmologist, President of the Ohio Ophthalmological Society,
Retina Associates of Cleveland

11:00 am   Resource Moment-
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired

Jennifer Wells, M.Ed., CRC,
Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor

Sarah Kelly, Program Manager,
Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired

11:15 am   Vision Loss and Co-Morbidities Related to Autoimmunity
Dean VanNasdale, OD, MPH, Associate Professor,
The Ohio State University College of Optometry

11:30 am   Lunch and Exhibits          

12:45 pm   Patient Panel          

1:15 pm    Medication Management and Innovations Roundtable     
Kunal Amin, BSPS, Pharm. D.R.&H., Ph, V.P. and Director of Clinical Services,
Northeast Ohio Medical University

Hannah Cross, Pharm. D, Head Pharmacist,
Rootstown Family Pharmacy

Erin St. Dennis, Occupational Therapist,
Cleveland Sight Center

2:15 pm   Wellness, Nutrition and Exercise Related to Diabetes and Autoimmunity
Sequoia Wellness Center
Emily Workman BS RDN LD, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist,
Sequoia Wellness at NEOMED

2:45 pm   Call to Action
Rafat R. Ansari, Ph.D., Vision Research Senior Scientist (Retired),
NASA John H. Glenn Research Center 

3:00 pm   Close
Marcus J. Molea, AICP, Strategic Partnerships, 
Ohio Department of Aging - Elder Connections Division

3:30 pm   Optional NEOMED Tour
Sam Crish, PhD

Directions, Parking and Hotel

The NEW Center at NEOMED, 4211 SR 44, Rootstown, Ohio 44272



Ample free parking is available at NEOMED

Hotel Information:

Rooms have been reserved at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center,
215 S. Depeyster Street   Kent, OH 44240 for June 5, 2019 and will be held until May 5, 2019. Call 330-346-0100 or go to to reserve your room at our group rate of $109.00.

Our code for the Aging Eye Summit:  EYE19

Continuing Education Units (CEU's)

This program meets the requirements for 4.75 continuing education hours for Occupational Therapy

The Ohio Vision Professionals Board has approved 6.0 Optometric/6.0 Pharmacology Continuing Education Hours​

Continuing Education Units are being sought from a variety of professional boards. Please check back for other approved CEU’s.​

Contact Us:
Laura Schwartz 
e-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 614-464-2020 ext.112 or Toll free @ 800-301-2020 ext. 112
Mail: Aging Eye Summit: Our Bodies - Our Vision
c/o Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate
1500 W. Third Ave, Suite 200
Columbus, Ohio 43212

The Need

Goal:  To curb the growth of vision loss due to aging eye diseases in Ohio


  • Promote early detection and treatment of aging eye diseases through public and professional education, resource development and distribution and incorporation of disease preventative messages in existing health education programs.
  • Raise awareness among key stakeholders and decision-makers about the scope and impact of aging eye diseases in Ohio and develop collaborations to meet the increased demands for medical, public health, social service, rehabilitation, long-term care and government.
  • Foster vision research in Ohio and Ohio vision research collaborations that seek the causes of and cures for sight-robbing eye diseases i.e .glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataract.
  • Build partnerships and collaborations among key stakeholders and decision-makers that will share the challenges of caring for the vision needs of Ohio’s aging population.
  • Promote the role of an integrated health care delivery team to deliver a patient-centered approach to the education, diagnosis, and treatment of vision disorders.

Planning Committee:

Rafat A. Ansari, PhD- NASA Senior Scientist (retired), Rachida Bouhenni. PhD-Akron Children’s Hospital,  Andrew Hartwick, OD, PhD and Jackie Davis, OD, MPH, -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, Denise Inman, PhD, Kimberly Kennedy, and Sam Crish, PhD (chair)-NEOMED, Mary Jo McGuire, MS, OTR/L, Cherie A. Hyder, BS, PharmD, Alimera Science, and Darcy Downie, Sherry Williams, Stephanie Koscher, and Laura Schwartz -Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate.

Sponsors: Aging Eye Summit: Our Bodies-Our Vision is presented by: Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership, The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness and is hosted by Northeast Ohio Medical University





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