Sun & Science 2018

The Conference:

  • Provides an opportunity for leadership and career development programs, including career pathways toward clinician-scientists

  • Allows residents and fellows to present their research before their peers

  • Enables residents and fellows to learn about ongoing research at other institutions

  • Stimulates residents to generate new needs/ideas for the future ophthalmic research

  • Includes faculty, who serve as hosts, judges and chairs of conference sessions

  • Requires residents and fellows to submit abstracts for papers and posters


We regret to announce that the
2018 Sun and Science:
National Eye Research Conference
hosted by UTMB Ophthalmology
will be postponed for the
current year and we will reinitiate

for the 2019 conference.

The past six months have been very eventful for us on the Gulf coast.  We started out a new fiscal year dealing with a hurricane that brought significant damage to homes across our region.  While the institution faced minimal damage in comparison to the local community, our staff were impacted either directly or indirectly.  We faced another setback last month due to unprecedented freezing temperatures in typically mild winter.  These weather events which caused temporary disruption to our services have had a more significant impact on our ability to focus efforts on supplemental programs that are an important contribution to our research and educational curriculum.   

We hope that you will consider attending the 2019 Conference which we will be announcing specifics in the early fall. 


Stay tuned for specific key dates for

Sun & Science 2019!

Abstract Portal Opens - TBA

Submission Deadline - TBA

Abstract Review Period - TBA

Results Notification - TBA

Research Meeting - TBA



Sun & Science

About the Conference

The forum of the conference provides an opportunity for leadership and career development that may be of particular interest to budding clinician-scientists.  Residents and fellows from around the nation come together to present their research before their peers and learn about ongoing research at other institutions.  As such, new needs and ideas for the future ophthalmic research are identified with the opportunity to network and collaborate among participants with shared interests.  The audience includes local and guest faculty who serve as hosts, judges, and chairs of conference sessions.  Career planning is also addressed, including panel discussions with faculty providing insights based on their career experiences.


In order to submit abstracts for papers and posters, please go to:  <<provide link here>>

Meeting Vision

The purpose for this scientific meeting is to provide a dedicated venue for ophthalmology Physicians In Training (PIT) (residents and fellows) to both learn about research techniques and have a dedicated opportunity to network with other PITs as well as present their work and compete for research awards.

1. Timeliness and the need for the proposed scientific meeting
The need for this scientific meeting is to close a gap in the current available scientific opportunities for presenting original work for PITs in Ophthalmology.

2. Adequacy of the scope and content of the proposed scientific meeting
The scope and content of the meeting is to include original research opportunities across the breadth and depth of ophthalmology for PITs in all years of postgraduate training.

3. Qualifications of the conference organizers and the proposed participants
The chairs of two Departments of Ophthalmology will be the conference chairs and both have successful track records of both organizing and presenting at other national and international meetings. The proposed participants will be limited to PITs in ophthalmology.

4. Adequacy of the applicant's efforts and plans to seek out and encourage the participation of women and underrepresented  minorities
All PITs in ophthalmology will be included but specific outreach to women and underrepresented minorities in ophthalmology will also occur.

The proposed format of a national single site, residents and fellows research symposium is novel and unique in ophthalmology. The stated goal is to provide a venue for residents to present their original research and have opportunities for networking with other residents, as well as opportunities to meet successful academic faculty physicians in ophthalmology and establish mentor relationships.

We plan for the results of the meeting to be published as abstracts in a national peer-reviewed publication and disseminated nationally via our Academy and other digital and print means.


  • To enhance the interaction among Physicians In Training (PIT) (residents and fellows) in ophthalmology
  • To create a broad forum for the ophthalmology PITs to present their work in front of their peers
  • To stimulate the PITs to exchange and generate new ideas for the future of vision research
  • To provide career development opportunities and mentorship for future clinician-scientists
  • To shape ophthalmology PITs into health care professionals of the highest caliber

Abstract Submission, Travel Grant Application, and Registration


Abstract submission period opens December 1, 2018.

Abstracts may be submitted by completing the form below and emailing it along with your abstract to: There is a $25 registration fee payable by check, money order or credit card. Checks should be payable to UTMB Ophthalmology.

Click the following link to download the abstract form: The deadline for travel grants is March 17, 2017.

Click here to download the travel grant application form.

Vendor Registration

The department is preparing for its second annual National Resident Research Competition at The University of Texas Medical Branch Ophthalmology department in conjunction with Blanton Eye Institute, Houston Methodist Hospital. The event will take place April 22, 2017 in Galveston, Texas, where residents and fellows will present research papers and posters.

The Sun & Science Research competition is open to all residents and fellows nationally. There will be invited speakers, judges and monetary awards.

Your support will assist the department in providing an education experience for residents and fellows. The exhibitor area will feature a table and chairs for your materials and a comfortable environment to provide an opportunity for you and your representatives to meet and network with our participants during registration and break periods and at the conclusion of the day. The links to the Agreement and Registration to Exhibit below should answer any questions you may have about displaying your exhibit. It is not necessary to participate in the exhibit; however, with a financial contribution, your company name will appear in our program booklet as a sponsor.

Below are links to forms for exhibitors.

Agreement to Exhibit Form

Exhibit Registration Form

For more information:
phone: (409) 747-5413

We are grateful for your consideration of support for this event.


April 7, 2018
  4th Annual Sun & Science Conference
  National Educational Resident &
Fellow Research Conference
  Abstract Portal Opens: December 1, 2017
Submission Deadline: February 18, 2018
Results Notification: February 24, 2018
Research Meeting: April 7, 2018

Awards & Grants

Limited number of travel awards of $500 each

Resident Research Awards - 1st place $1,000; 2nd place $500; 3rd place $250

Fellow Research Awards - 1st place $1,000; 2nd place $500; 3rd place $250

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Sun and Science: National Eye Resident Research Conference:

Resident winners:
1st Place $1,000 award - Harris Sultan, MD - The University of Texas Medical Branch

2nd Place $500 award - Timothy Soeken - San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium

3rd Place $250 award - Austin Nakatsuka, MD - The University of Texas Medical Branch

Fellow winners:
1st Place $1,000 award - Giovanni Taibbi, MD - The University of Texas Medical Branch

2nd Place $500 award - Fukuda Shinichi, MD, PhD - The University of Virginia, Ophthalmology and Center for Advanced Vision Sciences

3rd Place $250 award - Karel Capek, MD -Shriner Hospital, Galveston, Texas

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