Christina Fasser

christina FasserChristina Fasser is CEO of Retina Suisse and president of Retina International as well as trustee of the Foundation “blindekuh” Switzerland.

She began her career as an advertisement manager for international advertising agencies. From 1978 to 1990, she worked at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology on various projects designed to aid the developing world, especially in the field of Food Science.

Affected by Retinitis Pigmentosa, Ms. Fasser became involved in the RP Society as a founding member and has been its president from 1986 to 2004 and is still its CEO.

In 1992, she was elected president of Retina International (formerly the International Retinitis Pigmentosa Association). Retina International has at present over 30 member organizations, in which more than 300,000 individuals affected by retinal degenerative diseases are active. These organizations collect annually more than 30 million US dollars to be invested into research. In her capacity as president of Retina International, Ms. Fasser is involved in promoting research on national and international levels and coordinating the efforts made by individual countries.

Christina Fasser has been a leading voice in the effort to focus attention on the need for scientific research to find a cure or treatment for retinal blindness for the past 25 years.

Diagnosed with RP when she was thirteen, Christina discovered early in life the reasons for her clumsiness in the dark and her inability to compete in sport. Contrary to the expectations of her parents, Christina was not bothered at the time by this tragic news as it gave an explanation for what she was experiencing. It was later in life, when choosing a profession, that the greater effect of the condition was felt as she was unable to follow her dream career path. Through determination she has been successful in her career and has risen to a highly respected position in the retinal research community.

As President of Retina International, Christina works with the Management Committee to facilitate communication between members, researchers, industry and government, and to represent the member organisations at meetings world-wide.

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