The 2012 Fighting Blindness AGM took place on Saturday September 29, World Retina Day. You can view a gallery of photographs here.
This year we went back to the place where our research began in 1983: Trinity College Dublin. The history is significant; the theatre in which we held our AGM was in fact the site of the very first ophthalmology hospital in Dublin and was founded by Oscar Wilde’s father. Now it is the centre wher a team of 30 researchers looking at ways to cure blindness.
We are again grateful to Professor Jane Farrar and Doctor Naomi Chadderton for arranging this venue free of charge for us. We are, as always, encouraged by your generosity in giving us your time to help out and for your ongoing support.
The meeting gathered 120 of our members, old and new, to hear presentations by:
- A keynote address by Prof. Robin Ali of University College London
- An update on research into retinal disease by Prof. Pete Humphries
- An update on research into LHON by Dr. Naomi Chadderton
- An update on Target 3000 and Gene Sequencing by Dr. Paul Kenna
- Q&A led by Fighting Blindness research officer Dr. Maria Meehan
This year we held two question and answers sessions and both were very lively. It is so wonderful to hear the views and concerns of our members, their thoughts on research and what is relevant to them. Each year we meet new members who have been recently diagnosed with a retinal dystrophy. Some come along not knowing what to expect. I have met many patients and their representatives over the years who come to their first AGM and the science is something that they find difficult to understand – the next year they are back with the most intelligent of questions that can only come from someone who understands their subject very well. I am glad to say this was again the case this year and to be part of the personal journey of our members is what inspires the team at FB.
We had plenty of input from the FB team this year. Susan Quirke, our Commuications Executive, gave an excellent presentation on the development of a new website and dexplained clearly the reasons behind its look and feel. While Dr. Maria Meehan, our Research Officer, chaired our Q& A sessions. We introduced our new Interim Head of Fundraising – Tony Ward who discussed his ambition to ensure FB is in a potion to enable its ambitious strategy.
As a team we at FB always leave the AGM with a renewed sense of purpose. We hope that you do too. Once again if you have any comments or suggestions on how we can improve and develop our AGM we are always happy to hear from you.
Thank you for supporting Fighting Blindness.
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