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“Enlightened views on life and death of visual cells”

An EuroVisionNet Education & Training Event

Thursday, June 5, 2008

13:15 Welcome coffee
14.00 - 14:30


  • Prof. Walter Bär, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • Prof. Klara Landau, Chair, Dept. of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland

  • Prof. Brigitte Woggon, Chair of the University Equal Opportunity Committee, Psychiatric University Clinic Zurich, Switzerland

  • Prof. Christian Grimm, Laboratory of Retinal Cell Biology, University Eye Clinic Zurich, Switzerland

14:30 - 15:15

Special Lecture

  • Prof. Lutz Jäncke, Institute of Psychology, Neuropsychology, University of Zürich: ”Music and the brain

15:15 - 15:35 Coffee Break
15:35 - 16:35

Light & the biological clock.

Chair: M. LaVail

  • Prof. em. Anna Wirz-Justice, Centre for Chronobiology, Psychiatric University Clinics Basel: “Is there a circadian pacemaker in the mammalian eye?

  • Prof. Michael Terman, Center for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA: “Light therapy, classic and novel applications

16:35 - 17:05 Coffee Break
17:05 - 18:20

The structure and function of the retina.

Chair: C. Grimm

  • Prof. Enrica Strettoi, Institute of Neuroscience, National Institutes of Research, Pisa, Italy: “Mammalian retinal wiring diagram and open issues on bipolar cell physiology

  • Prof. Dean Bok, Department of Anatomy and Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA, CA, USA: “Photoreceptors and pigment epithelium, a vital relationship

  • Prof. François Delori, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA: “Looking at the garbage: In-vivo assessment of RPE lipofuscin

18:20 Apéritif

Friday, June 6, 2008

09:00 - 10:20

The pioneering days of retinal light damage.

Chair: A. Wenzel

  • Prof. Dan Organisciak, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, USA: “Mechanisms of protection against light damage

  • Prof. Farhad Hafezi, University of Zurich, Switzerland: “c-fos in retinal degenerations: how it all began”
  • Prof. Robert E. Anderson, Dept. of Ophthalmology and Cell Biology, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City, OK, USA: “Retinal lipids and light damage

  • Prof. Barry Winkler, Eye Research Institute, Oakland University, Rochester, NY, USA: “Measuring retinal metabolism in vitro

10:20 - 11:00

Modern times: mechanisms of retinal degeneration & neuroprotection.

Chair: R. A. Anderson

  • Prof. Christian Grimm, Laboratory of Retinal Cell Biology, University Eye Clinic Zurich, Switzerland: “The story of Lif(e): protecting photoreceptors from death
  • Prof. Wolfgang Berger, Division of Medical Molecular Genetics and Gene Diagnostics, Institute of Medical Genetics, University of Zurich: “The genetic basis of retinal degenerations and dysfunctions”

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:10

Modern times: continued

  • PD Johannes von Lintig, Institute for Biology, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany: “Molcular components affecting ocular vitamin A supply

  • PD Andreas Wenzel, Novartis Switzerland: “Visual pigments and metabolic regeneration

12:10 - 13:30

Animal models for retinal degeneration.

Chair: J. Hollyfield

  • Dr. Marijana Samardzija, Laboratory of Retinal Cell Biology, University Eye Clinic Zurich, Switzerland: “A mouse model for Leber’s congenital amaurosis

  • Dipl. Biochem. Markus Thiersch, Laboratory of Retinal Cell Biology, University Eye Clinic Zurich: “How hypoxia can protect against cell death

  • Prof. Stephan Neuhauss, Institute of Zoology, Universtity of Zurich, Switzerland: “The zebrafish model for retinal degenerations”

  • PD Elisabeth Rungger-Brändle, Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland: “Mechanisms of Diabetic Retinopathy”


13:30 - 14:30 Lunch (Foyer Hörsaal West)
14:30 - 15:50

Human aspects: pathophysiology and treatment

Chair: W. Berger

  • Prof. Joe Hollyfield, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland, OH, USA: “Pathogenetic aspects of AMD

  • Prof. Paulus de Jong, Ophthalmogenetics, NIN/Genetics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: “Genetic epidemiology of aging macula disorder (AMD)

  • Prof. Sebastian Wolf, Chair, University Eye Clinic Bern, Switzerland: “Recent treatments of AMD

  • Prof. Eberhart Zrenner, Centre for Ophthalmology, Institute for Ophthalmic Research, University of Tübingen, Germany: “Inherited rod and cone dysfunction: Congenital stationary night blindness and achromatopsia

15:50 - 16:10 Coffee Break
16:10 - 17:30

Human aspects: pioneers in science and for patient organizations.

Chair: E. Zrenner

  • Prof. Debora Farber, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA, CA, USA: “Of mice and men, the quest continues ...

  • Prof. Matt LaVail, Beckman Vision Center, UCSF, CA, USA: “Experimental neuroprotective therapies for retinal degenerations”

  • Prof. Gerald Chader, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Doheny Retina Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA: “Science and patient organizations

  • Mrs. Christina Fasser, President Retina International and Retina Suisse, Zurich, Switzerland: “A leader and a patient’s view



  • Prof. em. Charlotte Remé, Zurich, Switzerland: “As you walk backwards: From bedside to bench to retirement but still interested in medicine and science


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