Public Engagement Day

Saturday, November 16

Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8

Registration for Public Engagement Day is open! It’s a unique opportunity to speak to leading doctors and researchers about specific conditions and the research aiming to find treatments and cures for sight loss. To purchase your ticket or register for the Public Engagement Day, head to our Registration page.

Equal partnerships results in more impactful and relevant research.

9.15am          Registration, tea/coffee and exhibition stands

Opening Address

10.00am          Kevin Whelan, Fighting Blindness CEO

10.10am          Victoria Smurfit, Fighting Blindness Ambassador

10.25am          Paddy Byrne Empowerment Award

Session 1:    Chair: Dr Laura Brady, Head of Research

10.30am          Facing the challenges of sight loss

                        Amanda Hawkins and Dr Mhairi Thurston

11.00am          “The role of the gut immune system in retinal disease”         

                        Prof Mike Sapieha, University of Montreal, Canada     

11.10am          “Your circadian rhythm and retinal disease”   

                       Dr Natalie Hudson, Trinity College Dublin

11.20am          “Optogenetics for vision restoration”    

                        Prof John Flannery, University of California, Berkeley, USA

11.30am          “Clinical trials in retinal disease” 

    Prof Michel Michaelides, University College London, UK

11.45am          Coffee break

Group 1 (Blue) and Group 2 (Yellow) will have their breakout session first followed by lunch.

Group 3 (Green), Group 4 (Orange) and Group 5 (Pink) will have lunch first followed by their breakout session.

Session 2:    Condition Specific Breakout Sessions          

12.00pm          Group 1 (Blue): Goldsmith Hall

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Usher syndrome, Choroideremia,

Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), Retinal dystrophy

Group 2 (Yellow): Swift 2, Floor 1

Albinism, Aniridia, Brittle Cornea Syndrome, Glaucoma, Incontinentia Pigmenti, LHON, Mitochondrial, Optic atrophy, Optic Nerve, Pituitary tumour

12.00pm          Lunch, socialising, exhibition stands (Groups 3-5)

1.00pm            Condition specific breakout session

Group 3 (Green): Field 1 and 2, Floor 1

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Diabetic retinopathy  

Group 4 (Orange): Swift 2, Floor 1

Stargardt disease, Cone rod dystrophy, Achromatopsia, Best disease

Group 5 (Pink): Swift 1, Floor 1

Retinal detachment, Retinal injury, Retinal damage, Retinal necrosis, Toxoplasmosis, Leukaemia

1.10pm         Lunch, socialising, exhibition stands (Group 1 and Group 2)

Session 3:    Chair: Kevin Whelan, Fighting Blindness CEO

2.15pm           “Innovations in retinal imaging”

Prof Joseph Carroll, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA

2.30pm           “IRDCOUNTS – Impact of inherited retinal degenerations in Ireland”

                        Dr Orla Galvin, Retina International

2.45pm           “Insight counselling and Need to Talk”

                        Peter O’Toole, Senior Counselling Manager     

3.10pm           “How you can influence change”

                        Neil Ward, Advocacy Manager 

Session 4:    Chair: Peter O’Toole, Senior Counselling Manager

3.30pm            “Physical activity and sight loss”

Joe Geraghty and Alex Whelan, National Development Officers, Vision Sports Ireland          

3.50pm            “Devices and technology”

Dr Sunny Pandey, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin

4.05pm           Kevin Whelan, Fighting Blindness CEO

4.15pm            Conference close

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