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Wednesday, June 5
Retina International Youth Council (invitation only)
Thursday, June 6
Retina International Continuous Education Programme (invitation only)
Friday, June 7
Targeting the cure: the future of vision research
Saturday, June 8
The cure is waiting: making it happen
Retina International Youth Council (invitation only)

Please note that this event is invitation-only.

June 5, 2024, 9:00 AM — June 5, 2024, 9:30 AM
Coffee & Tea, Introductions
June 5, 2024, 9:30 AM — June 5, 2024, 10:00 AM
Mindfulness Exercises
June 5, 2024, 10:00 AM — June 5, 2024, 11:00 AM
Mental Health Open Discussions
June 5, 2024, 11:00 AM — June 5, 2024, 11:30 AM
Coffee & Tea Break
June 5, 2024, 11:30 AM — June 5, 2024, 1:00 PM
Meet Researchers / Genetic Counselling / Navigation of Daily Life with Assistive Technology
June 5, 2024, 1:00 PM — June 5, 2024, 2:00 PM
Lunch
June 5, 2024, 2:00 PM — June 5, 2024, 4:00 PM
Viking Splash Tour
June 5, 2024, 4:00 PM — June 5, 2024, 5:00 PM
Dance 4 All

Dance - Experience how inclusive dance expands all our horizons, learning and perspectives! Learn more here.

June 5, 2024, 6:00 PM — June 5, 2024, 7:30 PM
Dinner
Retina International Continuous Education Programme (invitation only)

Please note that this event is invitation-only.

June 6, 2024, 5:00 PM — June 6, 2024, 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception - Higgins Suite

Thursday, June 6th.

You can add a ticket to your registration by logging in.

If you require additional tickets, please contact riwc@fightingblindness.ie.

Registration opens at 8am with tea/coffee on arrival.

Poster drop-off opens.

Location: Douglas Hyde Suite, Dublin Royal Convention Centre

June 7, 2024, 8:30 AM — June 7, 2024, 8:45 AM
Opening address: Targeting the Cure
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Prof. Jane Farrar
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Mr. Franz Badura
June 7, 2024, 8:45 AM — June 7, 2024, 9:15 AM
Keynote: Shared Vision: Academic-Patient Partnerships in Gene Therapy Research
Professor Jean Bennett picture
Professor Jean Bennett
June 7, 2024, 9:15 AM — June 7, 2024, 11:00 AM
Morning Session Theme: Therapeutic Development

Chair: Professor Jane Farrar

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Prof. Jane Farrar
June 7, 2024, 9:15 AM — June 7, 2024, 9:30 AM
Clinical trials for IRDs
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Prof. Isabelle Audo
June 7, 2024, 9:30 AM — June 7, 2024, 9:45 AM
Gene Editing for CEP290-related Retinal Dystrophy
Prof.  Mark Pennesi, M.D., Ph.D. picture
Prof. Mark Pennesi, M.D., Ph.D.
June 7, 2024, 9:45 AM — June 7, 2024, 10:00 AM
CRISPR/Cas models for PRPF31-related IRDs
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Dr. Leah Byrne
June 7, 2024, 10:00 AM — June 7, 2024, 10:30 AM
Development of Patient care pathways of IRDs in Ireland. Opening door to Trials and Therapies

Professor David Keegan, on behalf of the Target 5000 team.

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Professor David Keegan
June 7, 2024, 10:30 AM — June 7, 2024, 10:45 AM
Retinal degenerations – elucidating genetics architecture and exploring gene therapies

Prof. Jane Farrar laboratory

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Dr Sophia Millington-Ward
June 7, 2024, 10:45 AM — June 7, 2024, 11:00 AM
Retinal Dystrophy in Ciliopathies: using Animal Models to interpret Patient Mutations
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Professor Oliver Blacque
June 7, 2024, 11:00 AM — June 7, 2024, 11:30 AM
Morning Coffee Break and Posters
June 7, 2024, 11:30 AM — June 7, 2024, 1:00 PM
Mid-morning Session Theme Continued: Therapeutic Development

Chair: Prof. Oliver Blacque

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Professor Oliver Blacque
June 7, 2024, 11:30 AM — June 7, 2024, 11:50 AM
Gene Agnostic Therapeutic Approaches
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Dr. Daniel C. Chung
June 7, 2024, 11:50 AM — June 7, 2024, 12:10 PM
Pre-clinical drug screening for IRD and AMD using zebrafish

Prof. Breandán Kennedy laboratory

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Prof. Breandán Kennedy
June 7, 2024, 12:10 PM — June 7, 2024, 12:30 PM
Therapeutic target identification for degenerative eye disease

Prof. Sarah Doyle laboratory

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Professor Sarah Doyle
June 7, 2024, 12:30 PM — June 7, 2024, 12:50 PM
Gene therapy in children with severe retinal dystrophy associated with AIPL1 gene defects

Prof. Robin Ali

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Prof. Robin Ali
June 7, 2024, 1:00 PM — June 7, 2024, 2:00 PM
Lunch, Exhibition and Posters
June 7, 2024, 2:00 PM — June 7, 2024, 3:00 PM
Afternoon Session (A): IRD Genetic Architecture

Session Chair: Professor David Keegan

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Professor David Keegan
June 7, 2024, 2:00 PM — June 7, 2024, 3:00 PM
Genetic Architecture of Retinal Degenerations & Diagnostic Methods
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Prof. Hélène Dollfus
Professor Frans Cremers picture
Professor Frans Cremers
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Professor Bart Leroy
June 7, 2024, 3:00 PM — June 7, 2024, 4:00 PM
Afternoon Session (B): Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Session Chair: Prof. Julie Silvestri

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Professor Julie Silvestri
June 7, 2024, 3:00 PM — June 7, 2024, 3:20 PM
Age-Related Macular Degeneration & A.I.
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Dr. Tiarnán Keenan
June 7, 2024, 3:20 PM — June 7, 2024, 3:40 PM
Outcome measures in retinal disease clinical trials
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David Birch, Ph.D. - Retina Foundation of the Southwest
June 7, 2024, 3:40 PM — June 7, 2024, 4:00 PM
The inner retina in age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Prof. Matt Campbell laboratory

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Dr. Jeff O'Callaghan
June 7, 2024, 4:00 PM — June 7, 2024, 4:15 PM
Selected Oral Presentations
  • Human retinal organoids as a testbed for assessment of AAV transduction efficiency and functionality - Teresa Rogler
  • Disrupted CSF-1R signalling: a potential mechanism for reticular pseudodrusen formation and increased inner retinal vascular permeability? - Avril Reddy
  • The Economic Impact of Inherited Retinal Diseases in the Netherlands; a Cost-of-Illness Study - Tom Denee
May 7, 2024, 4:15 PM — June 7, 2024, 4:30 PM
Evidence-based advocacy in Retinal degenerative Diseases

Dr Nabin Paudel

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Dr Nabin Paudel
June 7, 2024, 4:30 PM — June 7, 2024, 4:45 PM
Afternoon Coffee Break and Posters
June 7, 2024, 4:45 PM — June 7, 2024, 5:45 PM
Panel: High unmet medical needs in retinal degenerations

Opening remarks, Prof. Jean Bennett.

Session Chair: Prof. Bart Leroy

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Professor Jean Bennett
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Professor Bart Leroy
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Avril Daly
Todd A. Durham, PhD picture
Todd A. Durham, PhD
Darrin Morrissey picture
Darrin Morrissey
Prof.  Mark Pennesi, M.D., Ph.D. picture
Prof. Mark Pennesi, M.D., Ph.D.
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Dr. Daniel C. Chung
June 7, 2024, 5:45 PM — June 7, 2024, 6:00 PM
Closing remarks
June 7, 2024, 6:00 PM — June 7, 2024, 7:30 PM
Emilie Conway Jazz Performance

For attendees of the Speakers Dinner Ticketed Event.

Higgins Suite.

June 7, 2024, 8:00 PM — June 7, 2024, 10:00 PM
Speakers' Dinner - Goldsmith Halls 1&2

Friday, June 7th - evening event. 20:00.

You can add a ticket to your registration by logging in. If you require additional tickets, please contact riwc@fightingblindness.ie.

Registration opens at 9am with tea/coffee on arrival.

Location: Douglas Hyde Suite.

Parallel session room locations indicated individually below.

10:00 AM — 10:20 AM
Opening address & Fighting Blindness Visionaries Choir performance
Mr. Franz Badura picture
Mr. Franz Badura
10:20 AM — 1:00 PM
Morning Session
10:20 AM — 10:40 AM
Mental Health and Vision Loss
Dr. Paul Boskind picture
Dr. Paul Boskind
10:40 AM — 11:40 AM
Challenges & measuring value: What is valuable to patients (diagnosis and therapies)

Chair: Elise Heon

Panel: Prof. David Keegan, Prof. Julie Silvestri, Sylvia Cerolini, Russell Wheeler, Daniela Brohlburg

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Dr. Elise Héon
Professor David Keegan picture
Professor David Keegan
Professor Julie Silvestri picture
Professor Julie Silvestri
Sylvia Cerolini picture
Sylvia Cerolini
Russell Wheeler picture
Russell Wheeler
Daniela Brohlburg picture
Daniela Brohlburg
11:40 AM — 11:50 PM
Selected Oral Presentations
  • Test-retest variability of mean sensitivity and volume sensitivity on microperimetry in patients with retinitis pigmentosa - Jessica S. Karuntu
  • Eyes on Education: Exploring the Impact of Visual Impairment on Academic Achievement in School Children - Dr Síofra Harrington
11:50 AM — 12:20 PM
Morning Coffee Break, Exhibition Space and Posters
12:00 PM — 2:00 PM
PPI Workshop, funded by Health Research Board (Goldsmith Hall 1)

Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Workshop, funded by the Health Research Board.

Goldsmith Hall 1. Please note that spaces are limited. If you would be interested in attending this workshop, please email riwc@fightingblindness.ie.

12:20 PM — 12:40 PM
Assistive Technologies – The Blind Guys Chat Podcast: Live
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Blind Guys Chat: Live Podcast
12:40 PM — 1:00 PM
Artificial Intelligence and the Retina
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William Woof, PhD
1:00 PM — 2:00 PM
Lunch, Exhibition and Posters
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
3 Parallel Sessions, Select 1:
  • Option 1) IRDs. Location - Douglas Hyde
  • Option 2) AMD. Location - Goldsmith Hall 2
  • Option 3) Spanish language session - Sesión de lengua española - Goldsmith Hall 1
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Afternoon Parallel Session Option 1: IRDs (Douglas Hyde Suite)

Session Chair: Dr. James O'Byrne

Location - Douglas Hyde Suite

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Dr. James O'Byrne
2:00 PM — 2:30 PM
Knowing your gene: the genetic testing pathway
Professor Frans Cremers picture
Professor Frans Cremers
Professor Bart Leroy picture
Professor Bart Leroy
2:30 PM — 3:00 PM
Target 5000 – a standardized all Ireland pathway

Target 5000 team

Professor David Keegan picture
Professor David Keegan
Professor Julie Silvestri picture
Professor Julie Silvestri
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Afternoon Parallel Session Option 2: AMD (Goldsmith Hall 2)

AMD session chair: Prof. Sarah Doyle

Location - Goldsmith Hall 2

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Professor Sarah Doyle
2:00 PM — 2:30 PM
Age Related Macular Degeneration & A.I.
Dr. Tiarnán Keenan picture
Dr. Tiarnán Keenan
2:30 PM — 3:00 PM
AMD Care Updates Q&A session
Mr. Mark Cahill picture
Mr. Mark Cahill
2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Afternoon Parallel Session Option 3: Spanish language session - Sesión de lengua española (Goldsmith Hall 1)

Chair: David Sanchez

Location: Goldsmith Hall 1

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David Sanchez
2:00 PM — 2:20 PM
El diagnóstico genético en las Distrofias Hereditarias de Retina, cómo implementarlo

Gene testing in Inherited Retinal Dystrophies, how to implement it.

Dr. Carmen Ayuso Garcia picture
Dr. Carmen Ayuso Garcia
2:20 PM — 2:40 PM
Distrofia hereditaria de la retina por mutaciones del gen IMPG2

Inherited Retinal Dystrophy due to IMPG2 gene mutations

Dr Isabel Pinilla picture
Dr Isabel Pinilla
2:40 PM — 3:00 PM
Distrofias Retinianas en Panamá: Camino a seguir

Retinal Dystrophies in Panama: The way forward.

Juan Manuel Muñoz picture
Juan Manuel Muñoz
3:00 PM — 3:45 PM
Afternoon Coffee Break and Posters
3:45 PM — 4:15 PM
Closing Address
Professor Bart Leroy picture
Professor Bart Leroy
8:00 PM — 11:00 PM
End of Conference Gala Dinner - Douglas Hyde Suites 1&2

Saturday, 8th: evening event. 20:00

You can add a ticket to your registration by logging in. If you require additional tickets, please contact riwc@fightingblindness.ie.

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