COS Quarterly Conference -- In Person!
May 16, 2022

6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Gleacher Center - Downtown Chicago


Janey Wiggs, MD PhD

"Using Genetics for Glaucoma Risk Assessment and Risk Stratification"

Paul Austin Chandler Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School; Associate Chief, Ophthalmology Clinical Research, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
Boston, MA

About this Month's Guest Lecturer

Dr. Janey Wiggs is a clinician scientist specializing in the genetics of glaucoma with particular interest in complex and advanced glaucoma, and inherited ocular disorders. She directs the CLIA-certified clinical diagnostic laboratory where patients are tested for mutations in genes that can cause inherited retinal disorders, early-onset glaucoma or primary optic neuropathy. She also is the Associate Director of the Howe Laboratory and Associate Chief for Clinical Research at Mass. Eye and Ear. Among her leadership roles in Harvard Ophthalmology, she serves as Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Co-Director of the Glaucoma Center of Excellence, and leader of the Genetic Diagnostics Section of the Ocular Genomics Institute.

Dr. Wiggs attended Harvard Medical School (HMS), and completed her residency in the Harvard Ophthalmology Residency Training Program. She then completed fellowships in Glaucoma and Medical Genetics at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Tufts University School of Medicine, respectively. She is board-certified in both Ophthalmology and Medical Genetics.

Using a uniquely collaborative and multidisciplinary approach, Dr. Wiggs aims to identify genetic factors that underlie various forms of glaucoma, including adult onset primary open angle glaucoma, pseudoexfoliation glaucoma, juvenile open angle glaucoma, and others. Her research, which has been continuously funded by the National Eye Institute for over 20 years, has provided critical information regarding the biology of the disease. Ongoing studies may greatly improve current methods of diagnosis, and lead to more effective and specific therapies.

Dr. Wiggs lectures nationally and internationally and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Alcon Research Institute award, the Lew R. Wasserman Merit Award from Research to Prevent Blindness and is a member of the American Ophthalmological Society. She instructs residents, fellows, and medical students in the Glaucoma Service at Mass. Eye and Ear. Because glaucoma is a chronic disease, a major emphasis of her teaching is in the early detection and long-term management of glaucoma as a means of preventing ultimate blindness from the disease. She has also organized two, full-day symposium addressing specific issues of human inherited ocular disease.

Registration (Online) 


There is no registration fee this year for any attendee, but pre-registration is required.

Meeting Information

   Gleacher Conference Center
   450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago
   Discounted parking with validation in the 
   NBC Tower garage

   Monday, May 16, 2022

Tentative times:
6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:30 p.m. - Dinner
6:55 p.m. - Business meeting - Jennifer Lim, MD, COS President
7:10 p.m. - Resident case presentations (Rush and Loyola)
7:40 p.m. - Guest Lecture - Dr. Janey Wiggs
8:40 p.m. - Adjourn (approximate time)


Advance registration is required although there is no fee. Please register no later than
May 13.
COVID Policies
We are pleased to be able to return to an in-person meeting format for this conference.  As always, the health and safety of our attendees are a priority.  We will be following the public health guidelines of the Gleacher Center, the City of Chicago and Cook County.  Face masks are not required at this time; however, we certainly encourage the use of masks for those who wish to utilize this measure.  Appropriate social distancing is encouraged.  

Educational Items

Course Director: Dimitra Skondra, MD PhD

Target Audience: Practicing ophthalmologists, ophthalmology residents and fellows

Commercial Support
Any exhibiting companies participating will be acknowledged at the time of the meeting.

Contact the COS office at:  847-680-1666 or by email:  [email protected]

We are proud to announce that catering at the Gleacher Center is provided by Wolfgang Puk.  A buffet dinner with several choices of entrees will be available.
Last Updated on Monday, May 09, 2022 10:34 AM