25th Annual Lowenfeld-Akeson Early Years Symposium

Celebrating our 25th Anniversary & Reclaiming our Roots: New Trends in Pediatric Ophthalmology

The annual Lowenfeld-Akeson Early Years Symposium will feature Dr. Julius Oatts of UCSF and Dr. Arvind Chandna of Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, sharing updates in pediatric ophthalmology and research on cerebral visual impairment (CVI) followed by a breakout session just for parents with CAPVI and networking time for teachers and professionals.

Symposium Schedule (Times are in Pacific Standard Time)

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Location: via Zoom

Time Event
Dr. Julius Oatts: Update on Pediatric Ophthalmology

Dr. Arvind Chandna:

  • Experience-Dependent
  • Neuroplasticity in Cerebral Visual
  • Impairment: Windows of opportunity for change
12pm -1pm
(Optional) CAPVI Meeting or Networking Time for Teachers


Dr. Julius Oatts, Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Pediatric Glaucoma Specialist and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Oatts completed medical school at Yale School of Medicine, an ophthalmology residency at University of California, San Francisco, a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital, and a fellowship in pediatric glaucoma at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He is involved in resident education as the Associate Residency Program Director for Ophthalmology and does research focused on the diagnosis and management of glaucoma in children.

Dr. Arvind Chandna, Senior Clinician-Scientist, Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute (SKERI), San Francisco, CA and Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, UK.

Dr. Chandna conducts research programs dealing with significant gaps in clinical and scientific knowledge of common childhood eye conditions with poor management outcomes and investigates them in collaboration with SKERI's vision scientists. Along with his research colleagues at SKERI and clinical colleagues at Alder Hey they have put together some of the clinical challenges in CVI as research questions to be investigated with a view to improving diagnosis and intervention and ultimately resulting in improved patient outcomes. Together, their translational clinical research work in CVI extends across disciplines and international boundaries and their CVI@SKI group comprises a diverse group of experts including parents of children with CVI.

Please note that Spanish interpretation of this year's event can be made available if requested on or before January 11, 2021.


Register for the symposium External link opens in new window or tab. (Eventbrite)


If you have any questions concerning this year's event, please email LowenfeldAkeson@gmail.com or call the registrar, Jacqueline Barden at (510) 446-2229.