Submit your abstract and apply for a Travel Fellowship!

Abstract submission deadline: May 29, 2018


Criteria for poster competition

•   Must be an ISER member under the Young Investigator* membership category.

•   Must submit an abstract to the 2018 ISER meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.

•   Abstract must be accepted for a poster presentation at the biennial meeting.

•   May not be a previous recipient of an ISER YI Outstanding Poster Competition Award.

* Young Investigators shall be predoctoral or postdoctoral (PhD/MD/OD/DMV/DO) equivalent students, clinical residents, or clinical fellows engaged in vision/eye research for no longer than 7 years since their terminal degree.


Other information

• All Young Investigators (YIs) are automatically entered in the YI Outstanding Poster Competition after submitting an abstract to the ISER Biennial Meeting.
Should you not wish to be entered in the YI Outstanding Poster Competition, please send an email to

Only posters from YIs who did not receive a Travel Fellowship grant are eligible.

• Awards will be based on the scientific merit of submitted abstracts and oral presentation during the poster sessions. Winners will be announced before one of the ISER International Prize award lectures.

• Three award recipients will be selected, one 1st place, one 2nd place and one 3rd place.

• Award recipients will receive monetary prizes along with a certificate of excellence.

• Winners will be invited to present their work in a three-minute/one slide oral presentation before one of the ISER International Prize award lectures.


Congratulations to the following 2016 ISER Young Investigators Outstanding Poster competition winners!

1st place winners:

Keiko Miyadera   

Variable Cone ERG in a Multigenic Canine Model of Cone-rod Dystrophy with RPGRIP1 and MAP9 Mutations

University of Pennsylvania, United States

Sandra Suarez

Downregulation of the Liver X Receptor and Sirt1 Signaling Axis Promotes Diabetic Retinopathy Pathogenesis

Michigan State University, United States


2nd place winners:

Daisuke Iejima

Characterization of HTRA1 Regulatory Element in Patients with Exudative Age-related Macular Degeneration

National Hospital Organization Tokyo Medical Center, Japan

Akane Hagiwara    

VPS45 Mutation Induces Ectopic Lens Fiber Differentiation in the Lens Epithelium through the Activation of TGF-β Signaling

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan


3rd place winners:

Roly Megaw

Actin turnover is dysregulated by RPGR mutations in induced pluripotent stem cell and animal models of retinitis pigmentosa

The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Anna Polosa    

The Mouse Model for Human Peroxisome Biogenesis Disorders: Characterization and Treatment of the Associated Retinopathy

Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Canada