XVIIIth International Symposium
on Retinal Degeneration


September 03-08, 2018
Killarney, Ireland

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May 18, 2018
Travel Award Applications due

June 29, 2018
Online Hotel Registration due

June 29, 2018
Online Meeting Registration due to receive discounted rate

June 29, 2018
Online Abstract Submission due

Sept. 03-08, 2018
The XVIIIth International Symposium on Retinal Degeneration Meeting

Sept. 03, 2018
Monday Arrival and Welcome Reception & Dinner

Sept. 08, 2018
Saturday Morning Departure

Sept. 09-12, 2018
ISER XXIIIth Biennial Meeting.
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
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RD2018 Program

The RD2018 Program can be downloated using this link. Final Program RD2018

Platform Presentatons

Keynote lectures: 40 minutes total (30 min. presentation; 10 min. discussion)

Regular podium presentations: 30 minutes total (20 min. presentation; 10 min. discussion)

Travel awardee presentations: 20 minutes total (15 min. presentation; 5 min. discussion)

Poster presentations

Poster dimensions: Posters are portrait style with a maximum width of 95 cm (37 inches) and a maximum height of 190 cm (74 inches)

Poster setup: All posters should be set up in the back outside the conference room on Monday, September 03. Posters must be up before the first break on Tuesday, September 04.

Poster removal: Posters will be on display all week and should be removed before the lunch break on Friday, September 07.

Poster Schedule: Posters will be presented on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 8:00 and 11:00 pm. On Tuesday evening, presenting authors of an ODD numbered poster should be available in front of their poster between 8:00 and 9:30 pm. Authors of an EVEN numbered poster should be at their poster between 9:30 and 11:00 pm. On Wednesday evening, everyone is free to roam all posters.

Keynote speakers for RD2018

We are very happy and proud to announce that the following distinguished scientists have agreed to present their outstanding work during dedicated keynote lectures.

Jacque L. Duncan, MD.

Jacque L. Duncan, MD.
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology; Director, Retinal Degenerations Clinic University of California, San Francisco, USA

Jacque L. Duncan, M.D., is a clinician-scientist with expertise in the diagnosis and management of patients with retinal degenerations including age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, cone-rod dystrophy and Stargardt disease. She has a strong interest in developing imaging and monitoring technologies to better evaluate both the progress of disease and the efficacy of emerging therapies. In collaboration with Austin Roorda, Ph.D., Professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry, she has studied cone photoreceptors in the eyes of patients with many different types of inherited retinal degeneration. She is interested in developing novel outcome measures to characterize photoreceptor structure and function during disease progression and in response to therapies.

Rando Allikmets, Ph.D.

Rando Allikmets, Ph.D.
The William and Donna Acquavella Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Pathology & Cell Biology, and Director of Research at the Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia University, New York.

Before entering the field of genetics of eye diseases, his main research interests were in human genome and cancer genetics, where he cloned and characterized over 30 genes in the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter superfamily, including several genes involved in human inherited diseases. He determined that one of these genes, ABCA4 (ABCR), was responsible for Stargardt disease and later characterized it as the first gene associated with age-related macular degeneration. Since then one of the major focuses of Dr. Allikmets’ research has been AMD genetics, where he and his colleagues determined a major disease pathway involving two regulators of the alternative complement cascade, complement factor H and factor B. His other long-standing research interests include designing high-tech diagnostic tools for eye diseases, deciphering the pathophysiology of ABCA4/Stargardt disease, finding new retinal disease genes, and therapeutic applications for ABCA4 disease and AMD.

James Handa

James T. Handa, M.D.
Robert Bond Welch Professor, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Dr. Handa is a clinician-scientist who specializes in medical and surgical management of complex vitreoretinal diseases. He is an implanting surgeon for the Argus II implant. His primary research interest is in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), where he has focused his work on the role of oxidative stress, using molecular pathological approaches to understand how oxidative stress triggers the transformation from normal aging to early AMD.

Peter Humphries

Peter Humphries, Ph.D., MRIA,

Trinity College Dublin.

Pete is a molecular geneticist with major interests in degenerative diseases of the retina. He was elected Fellow of the University of Dublin in1988, Professor of Medical Molecular Genetics in 1991, and is former Head of the Institute of Genetics at Trinity College Dublin. His team reported the localization of genes for autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa in 1989, 1991, and 1993 [the genes encoding rhodopsin, RDS-peripherin and IMPDH1]. Recent interests lie in the molecular genetics both of hereditary and multifactorial diseases of the retina, including retinitis pigmentosa, AMD, and glaucoma.

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