Caitriona Dunne
Fighting Blindness
01 6789 004


Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 10am to 4pm GMT

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Retina 2016 - Public Engagement Day - Saturday, November 12 

The Retina 2016 Public Engagement Day is a unique opportunity to speak to leading doctors and researchers and learn about specific conditions and the research that is aiming to find therapies to treat it.

Registration is essential!

Attendance at Retina 2016 is free for Fighting Blindness members. For non-members, a nominal fee of €10 will apply on the day. Please call 01 6789 004 to check the status of your membership.

You can register online by clicking 'Register Now'. Please note that registration is limited and will close once all available spaces have been filled. You must register for one of the condition specific break-out sessions and state the number of guests, if any, who will be attending with you. For more information please contact 01 6789 004 or or please visit


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Public Engagement Day Programme

10:00am      Registration and Tea/Coffee

10:30am      Welcome & Introduction: Kevin Whelan, Fighting Blindness CEO

10:45am       Jason Smyth and Orla Comerford, Paralympic Sprinters

     ‘Limited Sight, Unlimited Vision’

Session 1     Chair: Prof Tom Cotter, University College Cork

11am          Dr David Gamm, University of Wisconsin – Madison

‘Taking the first steps toward a stem cell-based therapy: What keeps researchers awake at night (besides everything)?’

11.20am       Dr Daniel Chung, Spark Therapeutics

Developing Patient-Relevant Outcomes in Gene Therapy Clinical Trials

11.40am       Prof John Flannery, University of California, Berkeley ‘

‘An Overview of Current Vision Research’

12pm           Condition specific breakout sessions

1.15pm       Lunch

Session 2   Chair: Dr Breandán Kennedy, University College Dublin

2.15pm        Dr Sally Ann Lynch, Consultant Clinical Geneticist Temple Street Children’s Hospital

   'What's in a genome?'

2.45pm        Caitriona Dunne, Fighting Blindness

     'Advocacy - Power in Numbers'

Session 3   Chair: Mr David Keegan, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital,                         Dublin

3.00pm      Panel Discussion: ‘Patient and Public Involvement in Research and the Importance of Patient Reported Outcomes’

        Emily Liu, Spark Therapeutics

        Dr. Paul Kenna, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital

        Christina Fasser, President of Retina International

        Ms Giuliana Silvestri, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

3.45pm              Christina Fasser, President Retina International

3:55pm              Dr Fionnuala Hickey, Fighting Blindness Research Manager

4.00pm              Visionaries Choir Performance