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Cones in Focus

Friday, March 28th 2008

13:00-13:05 Franz Badura (ProRetina Research Foundation, research division): Welcome and opening remarks

13:05-13:15 Christina Fasser, Zürich (President of Retina-International): “Patients and scientists-An international partnership”

13:15-13:30 Eberhart Zrenner, Tübingen (Chairman of the German Scientific Medical Advisory Board): “Retinal Degeneration – Cones in Focus”

13:30-15:10 Session 1: Cone/Cone-Rod dystrophies: Clinical and Genetic Aspects
Chairman Prof. Dr. Klaus Rüther

  1. Ulrich Kellner, Siegburg: “Clinics of cone dominated retinal dystrophies”
  2. Hanno Bolz, Cologne: “Genetics of cone/cone-rod dystrophies and deafness”
  3. Veronique Kitiratschky, Tübingen: “Genetics of cone and cone/rod dystrophies”
  4. Sandra Brunner, Zürich: “Cone versus rod disease in RPGR mutant mouse lines”

15:10-15:50 Coffee break and scientific chitchat

15:50-17:30 Session 2: Pathophysiology in Cone/Cone-Rod Dystrophies
Chairman Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Baehr

  1. Wolfgang Baehr, Salt Lake City: “Mechanisms of cone degeneration”
  2. Oliver Biehlmaier, Zürich: “The cone dominated zebrafish retina as a model for retinal disease”
  3. Michel Michaelides, London: “Cone/cone-rod/macular dystrophy phenotypes associated with GCAP1 mutations”
  4. Irina Golovleva, Umea: “Non-receptor tyrosine kinase mutations and cone dystrophy”

18:30 Dinner

19:30 “Swingin’ Poster Session and Get Together”

Saturday, March 29th 2008

8:30-10:10 Session 3: Hereditary Macular Degeneration
Chairman Prof. Dr. Olaf Strauss

  1. Thomas Loenhardt, Regensburg: “Retinoschisin deficiency in macular degeneration”
  2. Vladimir Milenkovic, Regensburg: “Best macular dystrophy: Mechanisms of Ca2+ regulation”
  3. Jan Wijnholds, Amsterdam: “CRB1 viral gene therapy to prevent onset of Leber congenital amaurosis”
  4. Simone Kellner, Siegburg: “Fundus autofluorescence and near-infrared autofluorescence in cone and macular dystrophies”

10:10-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-12:25 Session 4: Genes and Mechanisms in AMD pathogenesis
Chairman Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weber

  1. Lars Fritsche, Regensburg: “New insight into LOC387715-associated AMD
  2. Peter Zipfel, Jena: “The Ying and Yang of the Complement”
  3. Hendrik Scholl, Bonn: “Systemic complement activation in AMD
  4. Caroline Klaver, Amsterdam: “ApoE metabolism and AMD

12:25-13:00 Poster Awards and Short Presentations

13:00 Lunch and end of meeting

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