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10 years into the new century, where do we go from here?

*Friday, April 9th 2010*

13:00 - 13:05: Franz Badura (PRO RETINA Foundation, research division) Opening remarks

13:05 -13:15: Eva Luise Köhler, Patron of the Alliance for Chronic and Rare Diseases (ACHSE) "ACHSE and national research efforts for rare diseases"

13:15 - 13:30: Eberhart Zrenner, Tübingen, Chairman of the Scientific Medical Advisory Board "Present concepts for improvement of medical care of rare eye diseases in Germany"

13:30 - 15:30: *Session 1: Diagnosis*
Chairman: Prof. Klaus W. Rüther

# Bart Leroy, Ghent: "Diagnosis by gene, retinal morphology and function"

# Hendrik P.N. Scholl, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA: "Structure-Function Correlation of the Human Central Retina"

# Christoph Friedburg, Giessen: "Psychophysics and electrophysiology"

# Ulrich Kellner, Siegburg: "Imaging"

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

16:15 - 18:15: *Session 2: New Mechanisms of degeneration*
Chairman: Prof. Olaf Strauß

# Christian Grimm, Zürich: "Degenerative mechanisms"

# Ernst Tamm, Regensburg: "Mediators of viability or apoptosis"

# John Ash, Oklahoma: "Cellular interactions: the role of Müller cells"

# Sandra Cottet, Sion/Lausanne: "Cell death pathways in photoreceptor degeneration"

18:30: Dinner

19:30: *Swingin’ Poster Session and Get Together*

*Saturday, April 10th 2010*

8:30 - 10:30: *Session 3: Identification of new disease genes*
Chairman: Prof. Bernhard H. F. Weber

# Frans Cremers, Nijmegen: "Novel approaches to gene identification"

# Marius Ueffing, Tübingen: "The potential of proteomics"

# Joachim Graw, Helmholtz München: "Mouse models to identify novel disease genes"

# Andreas Gal, Hamburg: "Genetic modifiers in retinal disease"

10:30 - 11:00: Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30: *Session 4: Therapy*
Chairman: Prof. Marius Ueffing

# Bill Hauswirth, Gainesville/Florida: "Gene Therapy - RPE65"

# Peter Walter, Aachen "Epiretinal prosthesis"

# Eberhart Zrenner, Tübingen: "Subretinal prosthesis"

# Frank Holz, Bonn: "Therapeutic targets in geography atrophy"

12:30 - 13:00: *Poster Awards and Short Presentations*

13:00: Lunch and end of meeting

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