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"Enlightened views on life and death of visual cells"

A EuroVisionNet-Education & Training Event at the University Hospital in Zurich, 5-6 June 2008. Eine wunderbare Heiterkeit hat meine ganze Seele eingenommen, gleich den süßen Frühlingsmorgen, die ich mit ganzem Herzen genieße. Ich bin allein und freue mich meines Lebens in dieser Gegend, die für solche Seelen geschaffen ist wie die meine.

This symposium will be held in honor of Charlotte Remé on the occasion of her retirement.

Charlotte Remé founded the laboratory of retinal cell biology within the setting of the University Eye Clinic Zurich (head: Prof. Rudolf Witmer) in the late 1970’s. At that time, it was very unusual and foresighted to establish a basic science laboratory within a clinic in Europe.

Over thirty years later, the laboratory is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the top institutions working on mechanisms of retinal degeneration. The laboratory has grown and expanded to include work on neuroprotection, visual pigment interactions and the generation of mouse models for retinal degenerations.

As recognition for her outstanding achievement and scientific contribution, Dr. Remé received a number of international prizes throughout her career. Specifically, ARVO awarded Dr. Remé the Proctor Medal, which is among the highest awards in ophthalmological science.