Dr. Pan is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained vitreoretinal surgeon. She focuses on retinal vascular diseases, macular degeneration, and surgical repair of retinal detachments, macular pathology, and complications from cataract surgery. She has co-authored peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from optical coherence tomography imaging to embryonic stem cells for macular degeneration.
In addition to her clinical practice, she is dedicated to the education and training of medical students, residents, and fellows. As recognition of her efforts, she received the Faculty Teaching Award in 2016 from the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University and has served as the Associate Residency Program Director since 2020.
Dr. Pan's clinical practice is mainly based at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where she is chief of the retina service.
Clinical Associate Professor, Ophthalmology
Associate Residency Program Director, Stanford University, Department of Ophthalmology (2020 - Present)
Director of Outreach Services, Stanford University, Department of Ophthalmology, Retina Division (2017 - Present)
Director, Retinal Imaging Conference, Stanford University, Department of Ophthalmology (2013 - Present)
Chief, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (2013 - Present)
Honors & Awards
Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2020)
AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar, AAMC (2019)
Faculty Teaching Award, Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University (2016)
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Board of Directors, Member-At-Large, Women in Retina, American Society of Retina Specialists (2022 - Present)
Special Projects Committee, Chair, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2021 - Present)
President, Peninsula Eye Society (2018 - 2020)
Member, American Society of Retina Specialists (2018 - Present)
Member, Women in Ophthalmology (2018 - Present)
Special Projects Committee, Retina/Uveitis representative, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2015 - 2021)
Diplomate, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2012 - Present)
Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2006 - Present)
Fellowship, University of California Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine, Jules Stein Eye Institute, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery (2013)
Residency, University of Colorado, Department of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology (2011)
Internship, The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati, Internal Medicine (2008)
M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine (2007)
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering (2003)
Representation of Women in Ophthalmology Subspecialty Societies over 20
2022; 129 (5): 587-590
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Representation of Women in Ophthalmology Subspecialty Societies over 20 Years.
The representation of women has increased over the last 20 years among ophthalmology subspecialty society new membership, award winners, and executive committee membership; however, proportional representation is still lacking at most benchmarks.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ophtha.2021.12.011
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Treatment for Diabetic Retinal Disease: Impact of Early/Prophylactic Treatment
ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC. 2021
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Reply to Comment on: The Effect of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Absolute Risk of Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY
2021; 226: 271-272
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Comparison of Telemedicine Screening of Diabetic Retinopathy by Mydriatic Smartphone-Based vs Nonmydriatic Tabletop Camera-Based Fundus Imaging.
Journal of vitreoretinal diseases
2021; 5 (3): 199-207
Purpose: To compare dilated smartphone-based imaging with a nonmydriatic, tabletop fundus camera as a teleophthalmology screening tool for diabetic retinopathy (DR).Methods: This was a single-institutional, cross-sectional, comparative-instrument study. Fifty-six patients at a safety-net hospital underwent teleophthalmology screening for DR using standard, nonmydriatic fundus photography with a tabletop camera (Nidek NM-1000) and dilated fundus photography using a smartphone camera with lens adapter (Paxos Scope, Verana Health). Masked graders performed standardized photo grading. Quantitative comparisons were performed employing descriptive, kappa, Bland-Altman, and receiver operating characteristic analyses.Results: Posterior segment photography was of sufficient quality to grade in 89% of mydriatic smartphone-imaged eyes and in 86% of nonmydriatic tabletop camera-imaged eyes (P = .03). Using the tabletop camera as the reference to detect moderate nonproliferative DR or worse (referral-warranted DR), mydriatic smartphone-acquired photographs were found to be 82% sensitive and 96% specific. Dilated smartphone imaging detected referral-warranted DR in 3 eyes whose tabletop camera imaging did not demonstrate referral-warranted DR. Secondary masked review of medical records for the discordances in referral-warranted status from the two imaging modalities was performed, and it revealed revised sensitivity and specificity values of 95% and 98%, respectively. Overall, there was good agreement between tabletop camera and smartphone-acquired photo grades (kappa = 0.91 ± 0.1, P < .001; area under the receiver operating characteristic curve = 0.99, 95% CI, 0.98-1.00).Conclusions: Mydriatic smartphone-based imaging resulted in fewer ungradable photos compared to nonmydriatic table-top camera imaging and detected more patients with referral-warranted DR. Our study supports the use of mydriatic smartphone teleophthalmology as an alternative method to screen for DR.
View details for DOI 10.1177/2474126420958304
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- Reply to Comment on: The Effect of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Absolute Risk of Central Serous Chorioretinopathy. American journal of ophthalmology 2021
Impact of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment on Choroidal Thickness in Patients with Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC. 2020
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Vitelliform Vitreoretinopathy: Clinical Implications of the Vitreomacular Interface.
Oman journal of ophthalmology
2020; 13 (2): 100–101
Pathologies of the vitreomacular interface are implicated in a variety of sight-threatening clinical entities. The authors present a photo essay of a case of Terson syndrome with a striking premacular dehemoglobinized hemorrhage with ovoid morphology. This unique "vitelliform" finding highlights the distinct structure of the premacular vitreous space and its important implications in both health and disease.
View details for DOI 10.4103/ojo.OJO_214_2019
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Brolucizumab: Evolution through Preclinical and Clinical Studies and the Implications for the Management of Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
Improving or maintaining visual acuity is the main goal for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). Current nAMD standard of care dictates frequent intravitreal (IVT) anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) injections, which places a substantial burden on patients, caregivers, and physicians. Brolucizumab, a newly developed anti-VEGF molecule for nAMD treatment, has demonstrated longer durability and improvement in visual and anatomic outcomes in clinical studies in a q12-week regimen, indicating its potential to reduce treatment burden as an important therapeutic tool in nAMD management. This review focuses on the development of brolucizumab and the preclinical and clinical studies evaluating its efficacy, tolerability, and safety. Brolucizumab (also known as "RTH258" and "ESBA1008") is a humanized, single-chain variable fragment (scFv) antibody with a molecular mass of approximately 26 kDa that inhibits VEGF-A. Preclinical studies show that brolucizumab readily penetrates the retina to reach the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)/choroid with minimal subsequent systemic exposure. The safety, tolerability, and efficacy of a single IVT brolucizumab administration in patients with treatment-naïve nAMD were first demonstrated in the SEE Phase 1/2 study. The OSPREY Phase 2 study showed brolucizumab to be as efficacious as aflibercept in a q8-week regimen with regard to best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and brolucizumab achieving greater fluid resolution. Brolucizumab-treated patients in the OSPREY study were subsequently challenged with a q12-week dosing interval, and the outcomes provided key information for the study design and end points of the Phase 3 studies. In the HAWK and HARRIER Phase 3 studies, after 3 monthly loading injections, brolucizumab treatment regimen (q12-week or q8-week) was guided by individual disease activity assessment using functional and anatomic parameters (central subfield thickness [CST], intraretinal fluid [IRF], or subretinal fluid [SRF]) versus aflibercept (q8-week). Fewer brolucizumab 6-mg treated eyes had disease activity versus aflibercept, and anatomic outcome results at weeks 16 and 48 demonstrate brolucizumab as a potent drying agent. Moreover, of patients treated with 6 mg brolucizumab, 55.6% and 51.0% maintained a q12-week dosing interval immediately after the loading phase until week 48 in HAWK and HARRIER, respectively. These Phase 3 studies demonstrated that the brolucizumab q12-week regimen maintains efficacy and safety while reducing treatment burden associated with regular IVT injections for patients with nAMD.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ophtha.2019.12.031
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- Questions on Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment and the Day of the Week of Repair or Diagnosis-Reply. JAMA ophthalmology 2020
The Effect of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Absolute Risk of Central Serous Chorioretinopathy.
American journal of ophthalmology
To determine the incidence of central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) stratified by age, sex, and diagnosis with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and to determine whether some patients with newly diagnosed CSC may be candidates for OSA evaluation.Retrospective cohort study.We used the IBM Marketscan database to select 59,016,145 commercially-insured patients in the United States between 2007 and 2016. We identified patients' first diagnosis with CSC, and defined patients as having OSA if they had a diagnosis following a sleep study. We specified Cox proportional hazard models with interactions between age, sex, and OSA status to determine patients' risk of developing CSC. We estimated the positive predictive value (PPV) that a new diagnosis of CSC would have in predicting a subsequent diagnosis of OSA.Risk of CSC increased with age in years (HR=1.030, p<.001) and OSA diagnosis (HR=1.081, p=.033), and was lower in women (HR=0.284, p<.001). We estimated the annual incidence of CSC was 9.6 and 23.4 per 100,000 women and men, respectively. Incidence was higher in women and men with OSA (17.2 and 40.8 per 100,000). The PPV of CSC diagnosis as a predictor of OSA was highest in the fifth decade of life.The incidence of CSC in our patient sample is higher than previously reported. Risk of CSC is higher in men than in women, and OSA increases risk of CSC in both men and women. Some patients, particularly older males, may be good candidates for OSA evaluation following a CSC diagnosis.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ajo.2020.05.040
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Nonmydriatic Photographic Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy in Pregnant Patients with Pre-Existing Diabetes in a Safety Net Population
Women's Health Reports
2020; 1 (1): 436-443
View details for DOI 10.1089/whr.2020.0082
Association of Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment and Outcomes With the Day of the Week That Patients Undergo a Repair or Receive a Diagnosis.
Importance: Because variation in care on weekends has been reported in many surgical fields, it is of interest if variations were noted for care patterns of rhegmatogenous retinal detachments (RRDs).Objective: To assess the association between modality of RRD repair and day of the week that patients receive a diagnosis or undergo RRD repair.Design, Setting, and Participants: A retrospective claims-based cohort analysis was performed of primary RRD surgery for 38 144 commercially insured patients in the United States who received a diagnosis of incident RRD between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2016, and underwent repair within 14 days of diagnosis. Multinomial regression models were used to assess patients' likelihood of repair with different modalities, logistic regression models were used to assess patients' likelihood of reoperation, and linear regression models were used to assess time from diagnosis to repair. Data analysis was performed from March 9 to September 5, 2019.Exposures: Day of the week that the patient received a diagnosis of RRD or underwent RRD repair.Main Outcome and Measures: Modality of repair, time from diagnosis to repair, and 30-day reoperation rate.Results: Among the 38 144 patients in the study (23 031 men [60.4%]; mean [SD] age at diagnosis, 56.8 [13.4] years), pneumatic retinopexy (PR) was more likely to occur when patients received a diagnosis of RRD on Friday (relative risk ratio [RRR], 1.37; 95% CI, 1.17-1.60), Saturday (RRR, 1.73; 95% CI, 1.36-2.20), or Sunday (RRR, 1.53; 95% CI, 1.08-2.17) compared with Wednesday. Pneumatic retinopexy was more likely to be used for surgical procedures on Friday (RRR, 1.55; 95% CI, 1.33-1.80), Saturday (RRR, 2.03; 95% CI, 1.61-2.56), Sunday (RRR, 2.28; 95% CI, 1.55-3.35), or Monday (RRR, 1.70; 95% CI, 1.46-1.98). Patients undergoing PR on Sundays were more likely to receive another procedure (PR, scleral buckle, or pars plana vitrectomy) within 30 days (odds ratio, 1.62; 95% CI, 1.07-2.45). An association between the need for reoperation for repairs performed via scleral buckle or pars plana vitrectomy and the day of the week of the initial repair was not identified. Patients who received a diagnosis on a Friday waited a mean of 0.28 days (95% CI, 0.20-0.36 days) longer for repair than patients who received a diagnosis on a Wednesday.Conclusions and Relevance: These findings suggest that management of RRD varies according to the day of the week that diagnosis and repair occurs, with PR disproportionately likely to be used to repair RRDs during the weekend. Ophthalmologists should be aware that these results suggest that patients undergoing PR on Sundays may be more likely to require reoperation within 30 days.
View details for DOI 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.5253
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Nonmydriatric Photographic Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy in Pregnant Patients with Pre-existing Diabetes in a County Population
ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC. 2019
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ENDOGENOUS KLEBSIELLA PNEUMONIAE ENDOPHTHALMITIS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.
Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.)
2019; 39 (3): 614–20
PURPOSE: To report the clinical features, treatment modalities, and visual outcomes in 12 eyes with endogenous Klebsiella pneumoniae endophthalmitis (EKPE).METHODS: The medical records of all patients diagnosed with EKPE at Stanford Hospital (Palo Alto, CA) and Santa Clara Valley County Hospital (Santa Clara, CA) from January 2000 to March 2017 were retrospectively reviewed.RESULTS: A total of 10 patients (12 eyes) were diagnosed with EKPE. The median age at presentation was 56, 80% were male, and 30% were non-Asian. Presenting visual acuities ranged from 20/20 to no light perception. Of the 12 eyes 10 received a tap and injection (range, 1-33 injections per eye), 2 eyes underwent primary enucleation or evisceration, and 1 patient underwent pars plana vitrectomy after tap and injection. Final visual acuities ranged from no light perception (six eyes) to 20/300 or better (five eyes). Five patients eventually underwent evisceration or enucleation. All cases were associated with positive blood and/or vitreous cultures and had concurrent systemic infection.CONCLUSION: Endogenous Klebsiella pneumoniae endophthalmitis is a rare, but devastating, ocular infection. Most cases in this series resulted in light perception vision or worse, and almost half required enucleation or evisceration. In light of the virulence of EKPE, early diagnosis and treatment should be initiated in all suspected cases.
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- ENDOGENOUS KLEBSIELLA PNEUMONIAE ENDOPHTHALMITIS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RETINA-THE JOURNAL OF RETINAL AND VITREOUS DISEASES 2019; 39 (3): 614–20
Baseline characteristics associated with good visual acuity outcomes in myopic choroidal neovascularization: results from the RADIANCE trial
ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC. 2018
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POLYPOIDAL CHOROIDAL VASCULOPATHY: A CLINICOPATHOLOGIC STUDY.
Retinal cases & brief reports
2017; 11 Suppl 1: S128–S131
PURPOSE: To present a unique case of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy presenting as a blind, painful eye with a suspected intraocular mass, and to correlate clinical findings with histopathologic studies.METHODS: Clinical case report and literature review.RESULTS: A 58-year-old Vietnamese man presented with a blind, painful eye with concern for an intraocular mass. B-scan ultrasonography showed massive intraocular hemorrhage and could not rule out a tumor. The patient underwent enucleation and the histopathologic findings were consistent with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy.CONCLUSION: Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy can present with dense vitreous hemorrhage and may masquerade as an intraocular mass. It can progress rapidly and lead to profound, irreversible vision loss. A diagnosis of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy should be considered in patients of African or East Asian origin presenting with vitreous hemorrhage.
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Smartphone-Based Tele-Ophthalmology Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy
ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC. 2016
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SMARTPHONE-BASED DILATED FUNDUS PHOTOGRAPHY AND NEAR VISUAL ACUITY TESTING AS INEXPENSIVE SCREENING TOOLS TO DETECT REFERRAL WARRANTED DIABETIC EYE DISEASE
RETINA-THE JOURNAL OF RETINAL AND VITREOUS DISEASES
2016; 36 (5): 1000-1008
To compare clinical assessment of diabetic eye disease by standard dilated examination with data gathered using a smartphone-based store-and-forward teleophthalmology platform.100 eyes of 50 adult patients with diabetes from a health care safety-net ophthalmology clinic. All patients underwent comprehensive ophthalmic examination. Concurrently, a smartphone was used to estimate near visual acuity and capture anterior and dilated posterior segment photographs, which underwent masked, standardized review. Quantitative comparison of clinic and smartphone-based data using descriptive, kappa, Bland-Altman, and receiver operating characteristic analyses was performed.Smartphone visual acuity was successfully measured in all eyes. Anterior and posterior segment photography was of sufficient quality to grade in 96 and 98 eyes, respectively. There was good correlation between clinical Snellen and smartphone visual acuity measurements (rho = 0.91). Smartphone-acquired fundus photographs demonstrated 91% sensitivity and 99% specificity to detect moderate nonproliferative and worse diabetic retinopathy, with good agreement between clinic and photograph grades (kappa = 0.91 ± 0.1, P < 0.001; AUROC = 0.97, 95% confidence interval, 0.93-1).The authors report a smartphone-based telemedicine system that demonstrated sensitivity and specificity to detect referral-warranted diabetic eye disease as a proof-of-concept. Additional studies are warranted to evaluate this approach to expanding screening for diabetic retinopathy.
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Morphologic features and evolution of inner retinal dimples on optical coherence tomography after internal limiting membrane peeling.
Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.)
2014; 34 (10): 2096-102
To evaluate morphologic features and the evolution of inner retinal dimples using spectral domain optical coherence tomography after internal limiting membrane peeling.A single-center retrospective study of spectral domain optical coherence tomography features in 43 eyes after full-thickness macular hole surgery with internal limiting membrane peeling without adjunctive internal limiting membrane staining.Postoperatively, a total of 210 dimples were noted in 37 eyes (86%), with a mean of 5.7 dimples per eye (median, 5; range, 1-20), most frequently located in the inferotemporal quadrant (n = 122, 58%, P < 0.0001). At initial detection, mean dimple dimensions were 199 μm wide (median, 183; range, 87-442 μm) and 19 μm deep (median, 17; range, 7-35 μm). During follow-up, mean maximum dimensions were 351 μm wide (median, 305; range, 219-494 μm) and 30 μm deep (median, 31; range, 15-55 μm). Dimple dimension reached a maximum at 12 months (median, 10; range, 2-22 months) followed by a modest decline. Mean preoperative and final postoperative visual acuity were 0.70 logMAR (median, 0.54; range, 0.09-1.4 logMAR) and 0.38 logMAR (median, 0.30; range, 0-1.4 logMAR), respectively.Inner retinal dimples are common after adjunct-free internal limiting membrane peeling and evolve in the postoperative period with enlargement over the first 12 months followed by reduction in size, and have no apparent impact on the visual acuity.
View details for DOI 10.1097/IAE.0000000000000193
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Spontaneous Resolution of Clinically Apparent Submacular Fluid After Scleral Buckling Surgery
OPHTHALMIC SURGERY LASERS & IMAGING RETINA
2014; 45 (5): 474–77
A 37-year-old man presented with a chronic macula-involving rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. Despite scleral buckle surgery, the eye had clinically apparent submacular fluid for a prolonged period of time. By 1 year postoperatively, the patient had complete recovery of visual function, with residual ellipsoid layer changes on optical coherence tomography.
View details for DOI 10.3928/23258160-20140827-01
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Embryonic stem cells as a treatment for macular degeneration.
Expert opinion on biological therapy
2013; 13 (8): 1125-33
Retinal degenerations are typically characterized by loss of highly differentiated cell types within the neurosensory retina, such as photoreceptors, or retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). RPE loss is the final common pathway in a number of degenerations including the leading cause of new blindness in the developed world: age-related macular degeneration (AMD).This paper presents the pathophysiologic case for RPE transplantation with stem cell (SC)-derived tissue, a review of the preclinical data substantiating the hypothesis and the initial clinical trials safety data from early human trials.Targeting the RPE for transplantation with SC-derived tissue presents a reasonable therapeutic opportunity in a variety of important, otherwise untreatable, blinding conditions. Success of cellular replacement strategies is contingent on finding a viable source of replacement cells, establishing a safe technique for delivery and survival of transplanted cells within the host, restoration of normal retinal architecture and stabilization or improvement of vision.
View details for DOI 10.1517/14712598.2013.793304
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Peripheral fluorescein angiographic findings in fellow eyes of patients with branch retinal vein occlusion.
International journal of inflammation
2013; 2013: 464127
Introduction. Branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) is a common retinal vascular condition that results in intraocular inflammatory changes. Ultra wide field fluorescein angiography (UWFFA) is a retinal imaging device that can capture peripheral retinal findings. The purpose of this study was to look for peripheral findings in the fellow eye of patients with BRVO using UWFFA. Methods. Retrospective imaging review of patients diagnosed with BRVO that had both eyes imaged with UWFFA. Images were graded for peripheral findings in other quadrants of the same eye as well as in all quadrants of the fellow eye. Results. Of 81 patients, 14 (17%) patients had late vascular leakage in a quadrant other than the BRVO distribution. Five (6%) findings were in the same eye, 8 (10%) findings were in the fellow eye, and 1 (1%) finding was in both the same eye and the fellow eye. Of these 14 patients, 11 (80%) patients had hypertension. Conclusion. Late peripheral retinal leakage in the fellow eye of patients with BRVO was detected in this cohort of patients with UWFFA. This novel finding may represent underlying systemic inflammation, hypertension, or bilateral BRVOs.
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Embryonic stem cell trials for macular degeneration: a preliminary report.
Lancet (London, England)
2012; 379 (9817): 713-20
It has been 13 years since the discovery of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). Our report provides the first description of hESC-derived cells transplanted into human patients.We started two prospective clinical studies to establish the safety and tolerability of subretinal transplantation of hESC-derived retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) in patients with Stargardt's macular dystrophy and dry age-related macular degeneration--the leading cause of blindness in the developed world. Preoperative and postoperative ophthalmic examinations included visual acuity, fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, and visual field testing. These studies are registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, numbers NCT01345006 and NCT01344993.Controlled hESC differentiation resulted in greater than 99% pure RPE. The cells displayed typical RPE behaviour and integrated into the host RPE layer forming mature quiescent monolayers after transplantation in animals. The stage of differentiation substantially affected attachment and survival of the cells in vitro after clinical formulation. Lightly pigmented cells attached and spread in a substantially greater proportion (>90%) than more darkly pigmented cells after culture. After surgery, structural evidence confirmed cells had attached and continued to persist during our study. We did not identify signs of hyperproliferation, abnormal growth, or immune mediated transplant rejection in either patient during the first 4 months. Although there is little agreement between investigators on visual endpoints in patients with low vision, it is encouraging that during the observation period neither patient lost vision. Best corrected visual acuity improved from hand motions to 20/800 (and improved from 0 to 5 letters on the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study [ETDRS] visual acuity chart) in the study eye of the patient with Stargardt's macular dystrophy, and vision also seemed to improve in the patient with dry age-related macular degeneration (from 21 ETDRS letters to 28).The hESC-derived RPE cells showed no signs of hyperproliferation, tumorigenicity, ectopic tissue formation, or apparent rejection after 4 months. The future therapeutic goal will be to treat patients earlier in the disease processes, potentially increasing the likelihood of photoreceptor and central visual rescue.Advanced Cell Technology.
View details for DOI 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60028-2
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Ocriplasmin for Vitreoretinal Diseases
JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICINE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Fibronectin and laminin are clinically relevant plasmin receptors in the eye. Located at the vitreoretinal interface, they are cleaved by ocriplasmin (Microplasmin, ThromboGenics, Iselin, NJ), a novel ophthalmic medication. A series of clinical trials to study ocriplasmin for the treatment of vitreoretinal diseases such as vitreomacular traction, macular hole, and exudative age-related macular degeneration are underway. The results are promising and may impact patient care.
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Comparison of Long-Acting Bevacizumab Formulations in the Treatment of Choroidal Neovascularization in a Rat Model
JOURNAL OF OCULAR PHARMACOLOGY AND THERAPEUTICS
2011; 27 (3): 219-224
The objective of this study was to compare the reduction in size of experimentally induced choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in rat eyes treated with bevacizumab, poly(ethylene-glycol) (PEG)-bevacizumab conjugate (b-PEG), and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA)-encapsulated bevacizumab (b-PLGA).Forty-eight eyes from 24 rats were divided into 4 groups of 12 eyes. In each group, 3 eyes were assigned to a treatment subgroup, each receiving a different injection-control, bevacizumab, b-PEG, and b-PLGA. In all eyes, laser photocoagulation was used to rupture Bruch's membrane. In group 1, laser was followed by injection, which was then followed by harvesting the rats to assess the CNV area. All 3 steps were separated by a 2-week interval. In groups 2, 3, and 4, injection preceded laser photocoagulation by a variable interval and all rats were harvested 2 weeks postlaser treatment. In group 2, laser and injection were separated by 2 weeks. In group 3, laser followed injection by 4 weeks. In group 4, laser followed injection by 6 weeks. The CNV area was measured for each subgroup and compared against its control. Pairwise comparisons were conducted to assess for statistically significant differences between subgroups.All subgroups in groups 1, 2, and 4 showed statistically significant reduction of CNV area (P<0.05). In group 3, the b-PEG and b-PLGA subgroups showed a 9.0% (P=0.384) and 20.3% (P=0.077) reduction in CNV area versus control, whereas there was no reduction in CNV area in the bevacizumab subgroup. However, this was not found to be statistically significant. In group 4, b-PEG was more effective than bevacizumab and b-PLGA.The reduction in CNV area in all treatment subgroups, with the exception of those in group 3, suggests successful creation of the 2 bevacizumab formulations while retaining its active antiangiogenic properties. Further studies varying in dosages and timing of injection and laser are needed to evaluate the formulations' long-acting efficacy.
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