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FAIRFAX, VA – (October 20, 2014) – A prominent researcher, who established the concept of centripetal movement of corneal epithelium, has been selected to deliver the prestigious Charles D. Kelman Innovator Lecture at the 2015 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium and Congress in San Diego, California. Shigeru Kinoshita, MD, PhD, will deliver his lecture at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 20, 2015, during the ASCRS Innovators Session. All ASCRS registered attendees of the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium and Congress are invited to attend the lecture.
Since 1992, Dr. Kinoshita has served as a professor and chairman of ophthalmology at the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine. During the early 1980s, he established the concept of centripetal movement of corneal epithelium. This groundbreaking work shed new light on the importance of limbal epithelium
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Kinoshita has focused on the research and development of new therapeutic modalities for the cornea. Following this path, his research group established the novel systems of cultivated mucosal epithelial stem cell transplantation and cultivated corneal endothelial cell transplantation.
Dr. Kinoshita has been honored as the: Doyne Memorial Lecturer of the 2011 Oxford Ophthalmological Congress in the United Kingdom; 2010 Meibom Lecturer in Germany; 2010 Claes H. Dohlman Conference Address of TFOS (Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society); 2009 ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) Gold Fellow; 2008 Catroviejo Medal from The Cornea Society and 1999 Alcon Research Institute Award.
Dr. Kinoshita served as ARVO vice president (2011), ARVO trustee of the cornea section (2006-2011) and an ARVO program committee member of the cornea section (1996-1999). He is a 1974 graduate of the Osaka University Medical School.
More information on the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium and Congress (held from Friday, April 17 to Tuesday, April 21, 2015) can be found at Annualmeeting.ascrs.org. 
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is an international, educational society with 9,000 members. Its mission is to advance the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons by providing clinical and practice management education and by working with patients, government, and the medical community to promote the delivery and advancement of high-quality eye care. ASCRS.org