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RETINAL DEGENERATION

Vision and Beyond

*PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME*

Friday, April 8th 2011

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

13:05 – 13:25: Introduction: Eberhart Zrenner, Tübingen, Chairman, Scientific Medical Advisory Board “Hereditary retinal degeneration – Roadmaps of national and international research

13:25 – 13:45: Spotlight: Bernd Wissinger, Tübingen: “HOPE and orphan diseases in Germany”

13:45 – 14:30: Opening lecture: Heinz Wässle, Frankfurt: “The Eye as a Window of the Brain”

14:30 – 15:30: Coffee break with scientific chitchat

15:30 – 17:30: Session 1: “Channelrhodopsins: Applications and Photochemistry”

  1. Peter Hegemann, Berlin: “Optogenetic tools for Retinal Prosthesis”
  2. Nir Grossmann, London: “Engineering Optogenetic Retinal Prosthesis”
  3. Botond Roska, Basel: “Restoring visual function with optogenetic tools”
  4. Franz Bartl, Berlin: “Photochemistry of Channelrhodopsins”

17:30 – 18:00: Keynote lecture: Roderick R. McInnes, Montreal: “Inherited photoreceptor degenerations: Why do the cells die, and what can we do about it?”

18:00: Dinner

19:30: Swingin’ Poster Session

Saturday, April 9th 2011

08:30 – 10:30: Session 2: “Organelles and retinal degeneration”

  1. Jürgen Kopitz, Heidelberg: “Lysosomal Dysfunction of Retinal Pigment Epithelium Contributes to the Pathogenesis of Age-related Macular Degeneration”
  2. Patrick Dolph, New Haven: “Endocytosis-mediated cell death in Drosophila”
  3. Mike Cheetham, London: “The X-linked retinitis pigmentosa protein RP2 in vesicle traffic and cilia function”
  4. Miguel Seabra, London: “Rab GTPases, membrane traffic and retinal degeneration”

10:30 – 11:30: Coffee break

11:30 – 12:55: Session 3: Selected Poster Presentation and Poster Award 2011

12:55 – 13:00: Concluding Remarks

13:00: Lunch and end of meeting

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