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RETINAL DEGENERATION

Vision and Beyond

*PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME*

*Friday, April 8th 2011*

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

13:05 – 13:25: *Introduction:* Eberhart Zrenner, Tübingen, Chairman, Scientific Medical Advisory Board “Hereditary retinal degeneration - Roadmaps of national and international research

13:25 – 13:45: *Spotlight:* Bernd Wissinger, Tübingen: “HOPE and orphan diseases in Germany”

13:45 – 14:30: *Opening lecture:* Heinz Wässle, Frankfurt: “The Eye as a Window of the Brain”

14:30 – 15:30: *Coffee break with scientific chitchat*

15:30 – 17:30: *Session 1: "Channelrhodopsins: Applications and Photochemistry"*

# Peter Hegemann, Berlin: “Optogenetic tools for Retinal Prosthesis”

# Nir Grossmann, London: “Engineering Optogenetic Retinal Prosthesis”

# Botond Roska, Basel: “Restoring visual function with optogenetic tools”

# Franz Bartl, Berlin: “Photochemistry of Channelrhodopsins”

17:30 – 18:00: *Keynote lecture*: Roderick R. McInnes, Montreal: "Inherited photoreceptor degenerations: Why do the cells die, and what can we do about it?"

18:00: *Dinner*

19:30: *Swingin’ Poster Session*

*Saturday, April 9th 2011*

08:30 – 10:30: *Session 2: “Organelles and retinal degeneration”*

# Jürgen Kopitz, Heidelberg: “Lysosomal Dysfunction of Retinal Pigment Epithelium Contributes to the Pathogenesis of Age-related Macular Degeneration”

# Patrick Dolph, New Haven: “Endocytosis-mediated cell death in Drosophila”

# Mike Cheetham, London: “The X-linked retinitis pigmentosa protein RP2 in vesicle traffic and cilia function”

# Miguel Seabra, London: “Rab GTPases, membrane traffic and retinal degeneration”

10:30 – 11:30: *Coffee break*

11:30 – 12:55: *Session 3: Selected Poster Presentation and Poster Award 2011*

12:55 – 13:00: *Concluding Remarks*

13:00: *Lunch and end of meeting*

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