Retina 2018 Public Engagement Day

Registration is now open online here or by calling us on 01 6789 004.

The Public Engagement Day is a unique opportunity to speak to leading experts and learn about specific conditions and the research that is aiming to find therapies to treat it.  The event takes place on Saturday, October 6, in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8. Attendance at the Public Engagement Day is free for Fighting Blindness members.  For non-members, a nominal fee of €10 will apply. Advance registration is essential. Please note that you will need a functioning email address to register online. If you do not have an email address please register over the phone by calling 01 6789004.

Public Engagement Day Agenda 2017 (Subject to Change):

9.00am                     Registration and networking


Welcome & Introduction

10.00am                   Opening Address

10.10am                   TBC


Session 1

10.30am                   The Research Journey – lab to therapy

10.50am                   Review of on-going clinical trials

11.10am                   Meet the Fighting Blindness Researchers

 11.30am                   Coffee break


 Session 2

11.50am                   Genetic Counselling in retinal disease

12.10pm                   Speaker TBC

12.30pm                   Voice Control Technology and Smart Homes

 1.00pm                     Lunch and Networking 


Session 3

2.00pm                     Condition Specific Breakout sessions

Group 1                   Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), Usher Syndrome,

Choroideremia, Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA)


Group 2:                  Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD),

Diabetic Retinopathy


Group 3:                  Stargardt disease, Cone Rod Dystrophy,



Group 4:                  Retinal Detachment, Retinal Injury, Cataracts


Group 5:                  Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON)


Session 4

3.15pm                    Geraldine Duggan Award

3.25pm                    Paddy Byrne Empowerment Award

3.40pm                     Importance of Identifying Impact of Sight Loss

3.50pm                     Kevin Whelan, CEO Fighting Blindness

3.50pm                     Panel Discussion open to the floor

4.00pm                     Visionaries Choir Performance

Please note the above agenda and timings are subject to change.