20th Annual Retina Conference

Fighting Blindness

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Start:  Thursday, November 14, 2019: 9:00AM
End:   Saturday, November 16, 2019: 5:00PM

Some of the foremost minds in vision research are set to gather in Dublin for Fighting Blindness’ Retina 2019 conference, a three-day international gathering of clinicians and scientists focused on global research efforts to find treatments and cures for sight loss

The event takes place in the Davenport Hotel, Dublin 2, from November 14-16, and will be officially opened by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD.

Retina 2019, which this year celebrates 20 years and is supported by Novartis, occurs during Science Foundation Ireland’s Science Week. It brings together top ophthalmologists and researchers from across the globe to showcase the latest advances in therapeutic intervention, eyecare practices and research discovery. The event attracts seven CPD points from the Irish College of Ophthalmologists, while those interested in attending can register at

International Line-up
Among the speakers from home and abroad featuring are:

  • Prof John Flannery, University of California, who will talk about optogenetics and his work in developing a gene therapy to bypass damaged photoreceptor cells by rendering ganglion cells sensitive to light
  • Dr Orla Galvin, Retina International, who will highlight, for the first time, the true cost and social burden of living with inherited retinal disease in the Republic of Ireland
  • Prof Kevin Achberger, Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen, Germany, who will speak about retina-on-a-chip technology which may provide a useful alternative to existing models for studying eye disease and allow scientists to test the effects of drugs on the retina more efficiently
  • Prof David Crabb, City University of London, who will present on his work in using artificial intelligence and big data to design new tests for visual disorders to support clinical decisions and assess the delivery of health services to patients
  • Dr Cathy Cukras, National Eye Institute, Washington, who will address her work on nutritional supplements that may prevent progression of eye disease
  • Prof Mike Sapieha, University of Montreal, Canada, who will speak on the topic of how microbes in the gut may influence AMD
  • Prof James Loughman, Dublin Institute of Technology, who will deliver early findings from the first clinical trial in Ireland to test a new treatment that might stop myopia getting worse in children
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