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Illuminating Molecular Complexities of the Retina

Friday, April 7th 2006

13:15 Eberhart Zrenner/Tübingen: Opening Remarks

13:25 Christina Fasser/Retina International: “From the Patient’s View”

13:40 Frank G. Holz/Bonn: “Visualization and Diagnosis of Retinal Disease – Advances in Imaging Technology”

14:00-15:30 Session 1: The Connecting Cilium and Neurodegeneration
Chairman: Frank G. Holz

  1. Uwe Wolfrum/Mainz: “Photoreceptor Cilium and Retinal Degeneration”
  2. Ronald Roepman/Nijmegen: “Getting a GRIP on RPGR – Dissection of the Protein Complex unveils its Importance for Retina Function”
  3. Christine Petit/Paris: “Hereditary Deafness: From Genes to Pathophysiology”

15:30-16:00 Coffee break and scientific chitchat

16:00-17:30 Session 2: Cone-rod-interaction
Chairman: Bernhard H. F. Weber

  1. Susanne Kohl/Tübingen: “Genetic Complexity of Cone and Cone-Rod Dystrophies”
  2. Thierry Leveillard/Paris: “Rod-derived Cone Viability Factor”
  3. Mathias Seeliger/Tübingen: “Functional Rod Pathways in Mice dissected with Electroretinography”

18:00 Joint Ceremonial Dinner

19:00-Open End Postersession

Saturday, April 8th 2006

08:30-10:30 Session 3: Signalling Processes in the Retina
Chairman: Olaf Strauß

  1. Ulrike Janssen-Bienhold/Oldenburg: “Diversity of the Connexins in Retinal Network Signalling”
  2. Katja Rillich/Leipzig: “Neuro-Glial Crosstalk in the Retina”
  3. Silke Haverkamp/Frankfurt: “Bipolar Cells of the Mouse Retina: Types and Plasticity”
  4. Katharina Wycisk/Zürich: “Structural and Functional Abnormalities of Retinal Ribbon Synapses due to Cacna2d4 Mutation”
  5. Christina Zeitz/Zürich: “Night Blindness-associated Mutations in the Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 6 show a Distinctive Scotopic 15-Hz Flicker ERG and abolish Protein Trafficking”

10:30 Coffee break and scientific chitchat

11:00-13:00 Session 4: The Biology of Neovascularization
Chairman: Klaus Rüther

  1. Ernst Tamm/Regensburg: “Dissecting the Function of the Norrie Protein”
  2. Hans-Peter Hammes/Mannheim-Heidelberg: “Neovascularization of Retinal Vessels”
  3. Olaf Strauß/Hamburg: “The Role of the RPE Cells in Neovascularization of Choroidal Vessels”
  4. Andreas Bringmann/Leipzig: “Osmotic Swelling of Glial Cells in the Diabetic Rat Retina: Implications for the Development of Retinal Edema”

13:00 Lunch

14:15-15:45 Session 5: Novel Aspects of AMD Etiology
Chairman: Gareth McKay

  1. Claudia Keilhauer/Würzburg: AMD Phenotypes and Aspects of Recruitment of Cases/Controls for Association Studies”
  2. Lars Fritsche/Regensburg: “Susceptibility Factors in AMD
  3. Peter Zipfel/Jena: “The Role of the Complement System in AMD
  4. Akshay Anand/Chandigarh: “The Animal Models of AMD – a Critical Appraisal”

15:45 Farewell Coffee

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