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ARVO 2014: The Latest Retinal Research News from the Magic Kingdom

The Foundation’s science team is in Orlando over the next week for the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision in Ophthalmology, which convenes more than 10,000 of the world’s top eye researchers to report on their latest achievements.

Of course, Orlando is the home of Disney World, one of the world’s greatest amusement parks, but the Orange County Convention Center will be our Magic Kingdom, where we will commune with retinal scientists to learn about the latest progress being made in saving and restoring vision. Instead of getting on rides like Space Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean, we will be embarking on adventures like “AAV-Mediated Antisense Oligonucleotide-Based Therapy for CEP290-Associated Leber Congenital Amaurosis,” which is in fact a very cool experience if saving vision from a blinding retinal disease happens to be your thing.

Highlights of this year’s meeting will include an update from Paul Sieving, M.D., Ph.D., on the National Eye Institute’s Audacious Goals Initiative for regeneration of photoreceptors and retinal ganglion cells, and the keynote address, “Seeing the Light with Retinal Gene Therapy,” from Jean Bennett, M.D., Ph.D.

I am proud to say that 146 of the posters and presentations will be for research efforts funded by the Foundation, which is strong evidence of our leadership role in the inherited retinal disease sector.

So, stay tuned as we provide blog updates from the ARVO meeting over the next week. In the meantime, I’ll be perusing scores of research posters with “it’s a small world after all” looping through my head.

Photo courtesy of ARVO.


2 Responses to 'ARVO 2014: The Latest Retinal Research News from the Magic Kingdom'

  1. MY VISION IS WEAK BY BIRTH.IN THE BEGINING IT WAS A BIT WEAK BUT WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME IT BECAME MORE AND MORE WEAK AND NOW IT IS MUCH WEAK THAT I HARDLY MANAGE TO WALD .I CONSULTED THE MANY EYE SPECIALISTS BUT THEY ALWAYS SAY THAT YOUR PROBLEM IS RETINA PROBLEM AND IT IS STILL NOT CURABLE.SIR,MAY MY VISION IS CURABLE OR NOT?KINDLY RESPOND ME SOON.

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