Scientific Programme

Friday, November 15

Davenport Hotel, 8-10 Merrion Street Lower, Dublin 2

Advancing knowledge inspires new research.

7.45am       Early Registration and Poster set up

8.00am       Breakfast Briefing for early stage researchers and clinicians

Potential topics include:

  • How to write a successful grant application
  • Science Communications – promoting your research
  • Connecting clinical practice with research as a clinician-scientist
  • Industry and Academic Research and Development, Collaborations, Best Practice and Pros and Cons
  • Interacting with the institutional review board -ethical but effective clinical research?

8.30am       Registration and Poster set up

Opening Address

9.00am       Kevin Whelan, CEO of Fighting Blindness

9.05am       Minister Opening

9:15am       Loretto Callaghan, Managing Director, Novartis Ireland

Session 1: Chair: Dr. Laura Brady, Fighting Blindness

9.25am       Prof John Flannery, University of California, Berkeley, USA

“Optogenetics for vision restoration”

9.50am       Dr. Kevin Achberger, University of Tübingen, Germany

Session 2: Chair: Prof David Keegan, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin

10.15am    Young Research and Clinical Short Talk Presentations

3 speakers selected from submitted abstracts

(12 min presentation + 3 min questions)

11.00am    Coffee Break and Poster viewing / judging (30 min)

Session 3: Chair: Dr Sarah Doyle, Trinity College Dublin

11.30am    Prof David Crabb, London City University, UK

“AMD: What Matters to the Patient”

11.55am   Prof Mike Sapieha, University of Montreal, Canada

“Neurovascular and Neuroimmune Communication in Retinal Vascular Disease”

12.20pm    Prof Alan Stitt, Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

“Regenerating the retinal vasculature as a new approach to ischaemic retinopathies”

1.00pm      Lunch (1 hour)

Session 4: Chair: Prof Joseph Carroll, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA

2.00pm      Young Research and Clinical Short Talk Presentations

2 speakers selected from submitted abstracts

(12 min presentation + 3 min questions)

Session 5: Chair: Prof Breandan Kennedy, University College Dublin

2.30pm      Dr Cathy Cukras, National Eye Institute, USA

Outcome measures in AMD – the importance of functional and structural studies”

2.55pm      TBC

3.20pm      Dr Orla Galvin, Retina International

“IRDCOUNTS – The economic and social impact of living with an inherited retinal degeneration in the UK and Ireland”

3.45pm      Patient Perspective – Through the eyes of someone living with sight loss

4.00pm      Coffee Break and Poster viewing / judging (30 min)

Session 6: Chair: Ms Giuliana Silvestri, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

4.30pm      Prof James Loughman, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

“Pioneering Advances for Control of Myopia in Children – Mosaic Clinical Trial”

4.50pm       Dr Isabelle Audo, Institute de la Vision

“How phenotype/genotype correlation is important to prepare for future clinical trial”

5.15pm      Industry Panel Discussion

Translating science to medicine

Closing Address

5.40pm      Presentation of the Young Investigators Award – academic and clinical

5.50pm      Prof Brendan Buckley, Chair of Fighting Blindness

*Timing and Titles are subject to change

Delegates will be awarded 7 CPD Points from the Irish College of Ophthalmologists

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