Retina 2016 will take place from November 10 to 12, 2016 in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8. There are a number of meetings and sessions planned around the conference, the main events are the Scientific Programme on Friday, November 11 and the Public Engagement Day on Saturday, November 12. For full details please visit www.Retina.ie.
The Retina Conference is an annual event organised by Irish patient-led charity Fighting Blindness, 2016 marks the 17th year of the conference. What began as the ‘All-Ireland Retinal Researchers Network (AIRRN)” Meeting in 2000 has grown from strength to strength over the years and is now a three day internationally renowned conference.
The aim of the conference is to bring together eminent figures in the global effort to find treatments and cures for conditions causing sight loss. The event facilitates networking between Irish and international colleagues, leading to future collaborations and catalysing the next generation of vision research.
In 2011 the Retina conference was expanded to include a Public Engagement Day. People and families affected by sight loss, and members of the public were invited to attend and learn about developments in research and the importance of patient advocacy.
Now in its fifth year, the Public Engagement Day offers people a unique opportunity to engage with leading clinicians and researchers and provides a platform for Irish patients to learn about their condition and the research that is aiming to find therapies to treat it.
In 2013 a third dimension was added to the conference, a clinical trials roundtable meeting. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss some of the roadblocks that face the development of clinical trials and that will influence the ultimate success rate of these trials, with a focus on diseases of the retina.