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Yet another Push for Treatment - An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

April 13th/14th 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

13:00 - 13:05 Welcome remarks
Franz Badura, Amberg

13:05 - 14:30 SESSION 1
Selected poster presentations
Eight abstracts to be selected

14:30 - 15:00 Keynote lecture
Hendrik Scholl, Basel
Cutting edge advances in the treatment of
retinal degeneration

15:00 - 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 - 17:25 SESSION 2
New light on the retinal pigment
epithelium (RPE)

15:45 - 16:10 Patric Turowski, London
Regulation of RPE function by ARMCX
proteins

16:10 - 16:35 Catherine Bowes Rickman, Durham
Ocular exosomes as diagnostic and
prognostic indicators for AMD

16:35 - 17:00 Emeline F. Nandrot, Paris
Circadian phagocytosis of outer segments
by RPE cells in health and disease: More
complexity than meets the eye

17:00 - 17:25 Clare E. Futter, London
Modelling lysosome dysfunction in the
retinal pigment epithelium in early AMD

17:30 Dinner

19:00 - 20:00 E VENING LECTURE
Alexander Wilke, Huglfing
Pharmaceutical research yesterday, today
and ... ?

20:00 - open Swingin' poster session

Saturday, April 14, 2018

09:00 - 10:40 SESSION 3
G ene therapy and retinal
degeneration

09:00 - 09:25 Bernd Wissinger on behalf of the
RD-CURE Consortium, Tübingen

First supplementary gene therapy for
CNGA3-linked Achromatopsia

09:25 - 09:50 Alun Barnard, Oxford

Development and current status of gene
therapy for choroideremia

09:50 - 10:15 Kerstin Nagel-Wolfrum, Mainz

Usher-syndrome read-through therapy

10:15 - 10:40 Antoine Chaffiol, Paris

A new promoter allows optogenetic vision
restoration with enhanced sensitivity in
macaque retina

10:40 - 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 - 12:55 SESSION 4
Targeting early and late AMD

11:15 - 11:40 Iris Heid, Regensburg

Understanding the progression from early
to late AMD

11:40 - 12:05 Horst Helbig, Regensburg

Treating neovascular AMD by blocking
VEGF - Experiences
Oliver Zeitz, Berlin
Treating neovascular AMD by blocking
VEGF - Prospects

12:05 - 12:30 Steffen Schmitz-Valckenberg, Bonn
Atrophic AMD - outcome measurements

12:30 - 12:55 Cedric Francois, Cambridge, USA
Targeting atrophic AMD via the complement
system - Complement factor 3

12:55 - 13:00 Concluding remarks

13:00 Lunch and end of meeting
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