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Finding new treatments for blinding disorders

Blindness is one of the most feared health problems in our present society. It also has deep socio-economic and public health implications with a strong age-related component. Currently, millions of Europeans are threatened by blinding untreatable eye diseases with an associated loss to the economy of several billion Euros each year.

The ‘Parliamentarian Evening on Finding New Treatments for Blinding Disorders’ will provide information for devising and implementing programs and projects for new therapeutic strategies to combat eye diseases that are currently difficult or impossible to treat. The talks will incorporate the most recent scientific developments of the post genomic area each presented by a renowned expert of the field.

As part II of the Consolidated Vision Conference 2011 within ‘EuroVisionNet’ the suggested strategies should lead to sight-saving treatments, reduce visual impairment and blindness, and improve the quality of life for people of all ages.


6:00pm Introduction
Tony Moore, London, UK
6:05pm Welcome address
Charles Tannock, MEP, Bruxelles, Belgium
6:15pm The importance of translational research
Eberhart Zrenner, Tuebingen, Germany
6:30pm The patients’ perspective
Christina Fasser, Zurich, Switzerland
6:45pm European Clinical Research Network –
Jose Cunha-Vaz, Coimbra, Portugal
7:00pmCoffee Break
7:30pm Learning lessons from the USA
James Jorkasky, Washington, D.C., USA
7:50pm The importance of European-wide collaboration in relieving blindness
Peng Khaw, London, UK
8:10pm Concluding Remarks
José Sahel, Paris, France
8:15pmDrinks Reception

Date & Time

June 22th, 2011
6 pm - 9:15 pm

The Conference Venue

European Parliament
Room A5E2

Rue Wiertz 60
B-1047 Brussels, Belgium

The Speakers

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Professor of Ophthalmology, President of AIBILI, Chairman of, Coimbra, Portugal

Image Anthony Moore

Anthony MOORE

Professor of Ophthalmology, Honorary Consultant Moorfields Eye Hospital/Great Ormond Street Hospital, Institute of Ophthalmology, London, UK

Image Christina Fasser

Christina FASSER

President Retina International, Zurich, Switzerland

Image José-Alain Sahel

José-Alain SAHEL

Professor of Ophthalmology, Centre Hospitalier National d’Ophthalmologie des Quinze-Vingts, Director Institut de la Vision, Paris, France

Image James F. Jorkasky


Executive Director National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, Washington D.C., USA

Image Charles Tannock


Member of the European Parliament, European Parliament, Bruxelles, Belgium

Image Peng Tee Khaw

Peng Tee KHAW

Professor of Ophthalmology, Director National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK

Image Eberhart Zrenner

Eberhart ZRENNER

Professor of Ophthalmology, Chairman European Vision Institute (EVI), Bruxelles, Belgium, Director Institute for Ophthalmic Research, Tuebingen, Germany

EuroVisionNet - Connecting Vision Research in Europe

The concept of EuroVisionNet ( is to coordinate and consolidate Vision Research activities and policies inEurope in order to overcome the national fragmentation. EuroVisionNet is coordinated by the European Vision Institute EEIG ( and intends to become an essential instrument for Vision Research in the 21st century by addressing the following four major objectives:

  1. Scientific integration of European Vision Research
  2. Collaboration between the public and private sector
  3. Needs of the European vision community by means of policies and guidelines
  4. Improve the communication between researchers,p atients and the general public