Optometrists to meet for Nutrition and the Eye Symposium VI at UMSL

(Photo by August Jennewein)

The College of Optometry at the University of Missouri–St. Louis announces the Nutrition and the Eye Symposium VI, a continuing studies program taking place on April 13-14 at UMSL’s J.C. Penney Building/Conference Center. Optometrists will gather to explore research and findings of nutritional values that will increase longevity prospects, prevent, and even cure degenerative ocular diseases.

The symposium will present Dr. Michael Fossel and Dr. Dave Woynarowski as keynote speakers. Fossel and Woynarowski are the authors of “The Immortality Edge” and will address topics including clinical intervention, and basic clinical science of telomeres and age-related disease.

Additional presenters will include:

  • Dr. Nuran Ercal, chair of biochemistry at Missouri University of Science & Technology, will explore antioxidants that prevent and may cure cataracts, macular degeneration and beyond
  • Dr. Stuart Richer, director, Ocular Preventative Medicine, James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Ill., will discuss the anterior segment and nutrition, along with the cornea, the crystal ball to the cardiovascular tree. Richer also serves as the program coordinator.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Anshel, president of the Ocular Nutrition Society, will covers genes, good and chronic eye disease – the genetically modified organism (often referred to as GMO) effect

General registration fees are $250 each for Saturday and Sunday through April 5 and $300 after. Participants may register for both days for a discounted price of $450 through April 5 and $500 after. UMSL optometry alumni and Ocular Nutrition Society members are eligible for additional discounts. Their price will be $400 to register for both days through April 5 and $500 after.

Participants will receive 12 COPE/CEE hours to apply toward their continuing studies. The symposium will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. To register, visit the symposium’s website or call 314-516-5994. For questions, call 314-516-5615.

About the University of Missouri–St. Louis School of Professional & Continuing Studies: The University of Missouri–St. Louis School of Professional & Continuing Studies provides courses, programs, conferences, and events that fulfill degree completion, professional development and personal enrichment goals for the lifelong learner. Visit pcs.umsl.edu for more information.

Leslie Patterson

Leslie Patterson

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