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10 years into the new century, where do we go from here?

Friday, April 9th 2010

13:00 – 13:05: Franz Badura (PRO RETINA Foundation, research division) Opening remarks

13:05 -13:15: Eva Luise Köhler, Patron of the Alliance for Chronic and Rare Diseases (ACHSE) ACHSE and national research efforts for rare diseases”

13:15 – 13:30: Eberhart Zrenner, Tübingen, Chairman of the Scientific Medical Advisory Board “Present concepts for improvement of medical care of rare eye diseases in Germany”

13:30 – 15:30: Session 1: Diagnosis
Chairman: Prof. Klaus W. Rüther

  1. Bart Leroy, Ghent: “Diagnosis by gene, retinal morphology and function”
  2. Hendrik P.N. Scholl, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA: “Structure-Function Correlation of the Human Central Retina”
  3. Christoph Friedburg, Giessen: “Psychophysics and electrophysiology”
  4. Ulrich Kellner, Siegburg: “Imaging”

15:30 -16:15: Coffee break and scientific chitchat

16:15 – 18:15: Session 2: New Mechanisms of degeneration
Chairman: Prof. Olaf Strauß

  1. Christian Grimm, Zürich: “Degenerative mechanisms”
  2. Ernst Tamm, Regensburg: “Mediators of viability or apoptosis”
  3. John Ash, Oklahoma: “Cellular interactions: the role of Müller cells”
  4. Sandra Cottet, Sion/Lausanne: “Cell death pathways in photoreceptor degeneration”

18:30: Dinner

19:30: Swingin’ Poster Session and Get Together

Saturday, April 10th 2010

8:30 – 10:30: Session 3: Identification of new disease genes
Chairman: Prof. Bernhard H. F. Weber

  1. Frans Cremers, Nijmegen: “Novel approaches to gene identification”
  2. Marius Ueffing, Tübingen: “The potential of proteomics”
  3. Joachim Graw, Helmholtz München: “Mouse models to identify novel disease genes”
  4. Andreas Gal, Hamburg: “Genetic modifiers in retinal disease”

10:30 – 11:00: Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30: Session 4: Therapy
Chairman: Prof. Marius Ueffing

  1. Bill Hauswirth, Gainesville/Florida: “Gene Therapy – RPE65”
  2. Peter Walter, Aachen “Epiretinal prosthesis”
  3. Eberhart Zrenner, Tübingen: “Subretinal prosthesis”
  4. Frank Holz, Bonn: “Therapeutic targets in geography atrophy”

12:30 – 13:00: Poster Awards and Short Presentations

13:00: Lunch and end of meeting

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