Pro Retina Stiftung

Stiftung zur Verhütung von Blindheit


Retinal Degeneration

Accelerating Progress in Research and Translation

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

13:00–13:05 Welcome remarks
Franz Badura (PRO RETINA foundation, research division)
13:05–13:50 Keynote lecture
Gerald Chader, Los Angeles: RD research: Moving from scientific darkness to the
enlightened era of clinical trials
13:50–15:30 Session 1 Chairman: Olaf Strauß
13:50–14:15 Antje Grosche, Leipzig: The role of the Müller glia cell in health
and disease
14:15–14:40 Volker Busskamp, Boston: Genetic reactivation of photoreceptors
14:40–15:05 Antje Biesemeier, Tübingen: Melanin and lipofsucin granules in
the RPE and their impact on future therapies
15:05–15:30 Souska Zandi, Genf: The influence of macrophage polarization
on choroidal neovascularization creates novel treatment options

Coffee break with scientific chitchat

16:30–18:30 Session 2 Chairman: Klaus Rüther
16:30–17:00 Ulrich Dirnagl, Berlin: (Failure of?) Bench to bedside translation:
Lessons learned in stroke research
17:00–17:30 Michael Brand, Dresden: Retina regeneration in zebrafish – how
do they do it ?
17:30–18:00 Peter Charbel-Issa, Bonn: Gene therapy – from bench to bedside
18:00–18:30 Bernhard H. F. Weber, Regensburg: High-throughput analysis in
DNA testing

18:30 Dinner

19:30–open Swingin’ poster session

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
08:45 – 10:45 Session 3 Chairman: Bernhard Weber
08:45 – 09:15 Peter Westenskow, la Jolla /San Diego: Emerging therapeutic
approaches for AMD
09:15 – 09:45 Christoph Wierling, Berlin: Computational tools and mathematical
modeling of cellular systems for personalized medicine
09:45 – 10:15 Heiko Fuchs, Düsseldorf: Regulating the regulators: microRNA in
translational research
10:15 – 10:45 Linda McCarthy, GlaxosmithKline, London: Genome-wide genetic
ap proaches to drug target identification, and drug development support

10:45 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 12:55 Session 4
Selected poster presentation and poster award 2013
six poster presentations: Three PRO RETINA awardees

12:55 – 13:00 Concluding remarks

13:00 Lunch and end of meeting


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