Join us at Retina 2020

The Retina Conference is an annual event organised by Irish patient-led charity Fighting Blindness. Retina 2020 brings together top international and Irish researchers and clinicians in the global effort to find treatments and cures for conditions causing vision impairment and blindness.

In response to Covid-19, Fighting Blindness has developed a virtual experience for Retina 2020. This virtual meeting will take place on Friday 6 November with a stream of live and pre-recorded adapted presentations, which will be available on demand after the event.

To ensure a true Retina conference experience, we aim to deliver the highest quality content presented by world-renowned experts in the field of retina and a forum for researchers at all stages of their careers to exchange ideas and knowledge.


Coffee Break and Poster Gallery Viewing
Coffee Break and Poster Gallery Viewing

Scientific Programme Speakers

Prof. Bart Leroy

Mild End-of-the-Spectrum Retinal Disease

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Dr. Claire-Marie Dhaenens

Sex ratio imbalance in Stargardt disease associated with mild ABCA4 alleles

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Dr. Jacque Duncan

Imaging as Outcome Measures for Clinical Trials in Inherited Retinal Degenerations

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Dr. Ruth Hogg

Technological and practical challenges of home-monitoring age-related macular degeneration: The MONARCH study

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Dr. Pearse Keane

Transforming Ophthalmology With Artificial Intelligence

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Dr. Kate Coleman

Bringing The Retina To The Smartphone

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Johnathan McCrea

Story Studio with Jonathan McCrea: The Words We Use

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Avril Daly

Evidence based research – embracing the bigger picture

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Early Career Researchers & Short Talk Presenters

Suzanne E. de Bruijn

Structural variants create new topological associated domains and ectopic retinal enhancer-gene contact in dominant retinitis pigmentosa

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Ailís L. Moran

Functional interrogation of cone-rod dystrophy-associated RAB28 using C. elegans and zebrafish models

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Dr. Ema Ozaki

SARM1 deficiency promotes rod and cone photoreceptor cell survival in a mouse model of retinal degeneration

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Dr. Deirdre Harford

Demonstration of circadian mediated cycling of inner blood retinal barrier integrity in dry AMD patients and age matched controls

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Public and Patient Involvement in Research Panelists

Michael Foley

PPI Ignite Programme Manager in Trinity College Dublin

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Prof. Mary McCarron

Director of the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability, TCD

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Dr. Aoife Cahill

Programme Manager - R&D for National Health

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Prof. Sean Dineen

National Lead for the Diabetes Clinical Programme, HSE

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Bec Hanley

PPI Expert

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Your Hosts

Prof. Breandán Kennedy

University College Dublin

Dr. Laura Brady

Fighting Blindness

Poster Gallery

Our virtual poster gallery is the perfect opportunity for you to share your research efforts and connect with the wider community. A number of posters will be selected for presentation as part of the main Scientific Programme. Young Investigator Awards will be presented on the day.

Register here for a chance to have your work seen and win the Retina 2020 Young Investigator Award.

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