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Diagnostic Advances, New Mechanistic Insights and Progress in Therapeutic Approaches

Friday, March 27th, 2015

13:00 – 13:05: * Welcome remarks*

13:05 – 14:30: Session 1: Selected poster presentations
Eight abstracts to be selected

14:30 – 15:10: Keynote lecture: Steven J. Fiesler, Buffalo:“A decade of progress in retinal degeneration research: Cage-side to bedside and back

15:10 – 16:00: Coffee break

16:00 – 17:40: Session 2: Mechanisms relevant to retinal degeneration

  1. Solon Thanos, Münster: “Retinal microglia and regeneration”
  2. Peter Vandenabeele, Gent: “Molecular mechanisms of regulated necrosis, an attempt at an overview”
  3. Kari Alitalo, Helsinki: “Vascular growth factors, angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis”
  4. J. Emanuel de Carvalho, Amsterdam: “The role of the proteasome in age-related macular degeneration”

17:40: Diner

19:00 – 20:00: Session 3: The PRO RETINA Professorship: A story of success

# Antje Grosche, Regensburg: “Perspectives on targeting Müller glia cells as a treatment option for complex retinal diseases” # Peter Charbel Issa, Bonn: “ABCA4-related retinopathy – linking phenotype and therapeutic strategies” # Thomas Langmann, Köln: “How innate immunity and genetics meet in the retina”

20:00 – open: Swingin´poster session

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

09:00 – 10:40: Session 4: Diagnostic advances

# Wolf Harmening, Bonn: “The potential of adaptive optics for retinal degenerations” # Johannes de Boer, Amsterdam: “Beyond structural OCT imaging in the human retina” # Michael B. Hoffrmann, Magdeburg: “Assessment of visual function with multifocal electrophysiology” # Hanno Bolz, Ingelheim: “Opportunities and pitfalls of high throughput DNA testing in retinal dystrophies”

10:40 – 11:15: Coffee break

11:15 -12:55: Session 5: Strong in translation

# Monika Fleckenstein, Bonn: “Therapeutic approaches for dry age-related macular degeneration – hopes and constraints” # Astrid Limb, London: “Potential of Müller glia for developing therapeutic approaches to treat retinal degenerative diseases” # Yvan Arsenijevic, Lausanne: “The potential of stemm cells/iPSC in the therapy of retinal degenerations and AMD” # Stefanie Hauck, München: “Neurotrophic factors and related therapeutical approaches for retinal degenerations”

12:55 – 13:00: Concluding remarks

13:00: Lunch and end of meeting

The conference language is English.

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