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11.11.2019 News

11th Retina Information Day

11th Retina Information Day © Friederike Braun

11th Retina Information Day © Friederike Braun

The Retina Information Day offers the latest information on topics from basic and clinical research, as well as new possibilities for application and self-help. The focus is on the diseases retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and manifest glaucoma. About 130 visitors came to the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) on 9 November 2019 to attend the 11th Retina Information Day.

The Center for Regenerative Therapies (CRTD) at the TU Dresden, the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus Dresden and the self-help association PRO RETINA Deutschland e.V. jointly organize this annual event.

The information day was opened by Karin Papp, chairperson of the charity PRO RETINA, and Mayor Dr. Kristin Klaudia Kaufmann, Beigeordnete für Arbeit, Soziales, Gesundheit und Wohnen of the City of Dresden. This was followed by lectures from science and medicine on new opportunities for research on stem cell-derived retinal organoids (Dr. Mike Karl, DZNE/CRTD, Dresden), therapy development for age-related macular degeneration (PD Dr. Boris Stanzel, Eye Clinic Sulzbach), and current treatment options for diabetic retinopathies (Dr. Dirk Sandner, Eye Clinic Dresden). In addition to information stands from various aid associations and counselling by physicians of the Eye Clinic Dresden, visitors were able to experience the world from the perspective of patients with retinal diseases in a walk-in eye model. An open discussion forum was held at the end of the event, where the speakers of the day answered questions from the audience.