About The Conference
The Retina Conference is an annual event organised by Irish patient-led charity Fighting Blindness, 2017 marks the 18th year of the conference. What began as the ‘All-Ireland Retinal Researchers Network (AIRRN)” Meeting in 2000 has grown from strength to strength over the years and is now a three day internationally renowned conference.
The aim of the conference is to bring together eminent figures in the global effort to find treatments and cures for conditions causing sight loss. The event facilitates networking between Irish and international colleagues, leading to future collaborations and catalysing the next generation of vision research.
In 2011 the Retina conference evolved to include a Public Engagement Day. People and families affected by sight loss, and members of the public were invited to attend and learn about developments in research and the importance of patient advocacy.
Now in its eighth year, the Public Engagement Day offers people a unique opportunity to engage with leading clinicians and researchers and provides a platform for Irish patients to learn about their condition and the research that is aiming to find therapies to treat it.
In 2013 a third dimension was added to the conference, a clinical trials roundtable meeting. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss some of the roadblocks that face the development of clinical trials and that will influence the ultimate success rate of these trials, with a focus on diseases of the retina.