Hawaii Macula and Retina Institute Meetings

Academic meetings hosted by HMRI provides a forum for the sharing of the ever evolving field of research – it is so important to share the research and knowledge to help advance the field of retina.  Hawaii also serves as a strategic research partner between the East and the West – bridging the knowledge.

In December 2015, HMRI hosted Dr. Mark Johnson, professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the Kellogg Eye Center of University of Michigan, as part of HMRI’s visiting Retina Professor lecture series.  He was the 41st Visiting Retina Professor.


Dr. James Lai of HMRI, visiting retina professor Dr. Mark Johnson, and HMRI director Dr. Gregg Kokame.

In Spring 2015, HMRI had the honor of hosting Dr. Mark Humayun, co-director of the USC/Doheny Eye Institute and co-developer of the ARGUS II retinal prosthesis system, to speak on ARGUS II and another innovation, the Micropump Delivery System of Intravitreal Drug Delivery.


HMRI’s guest Dr. Mark Humayan speaks on the development of the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System in Honolulu, HI.

In 2003, HMRI hosted its first vitreoretinal symposium, an international symposium to bring world leaders in the field of retina to share their knowledge and collaborate for future research. HMRI has now hosted a total of three symposiums, listed below.

History of Vitreoretinal Symposiums at HMRI:

  • 2013 – 20th Anniversary Meeting
  • 2008 – 15th Anniversary Meeting
  • 2003 – 10th Anniversary Meeting

For information on upcoming meetings hosted by HMRI, please email research@retinahi.com, or call (808) 380-8060.