VISIONS 2015 Audio

At the links below are audio recordings from the VISIONS 2015 conference.

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Friday Sessions

Patient Education Session – Three Actions to Take Now to Prepare for Clinical Trials and Treatments

Ben Shaberman, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Joan Fisher, Foundation Fighting Blindness


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Opening Luncheon - Welcome and Opening remarks

Bill Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness


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Opening Luncheon - Presentation of the Board of Directors Award

David Brint, Vice Chairman, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Dr. Steve Rose, Chief Research Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness


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Opening Luncheon - Presentation of the Llura Liggett Gund Award

Ed Gollob, President, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Dr. Jacque Duncan, Chair, Foundation Fighting Blindness Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Steve Rose, Chief Research Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness


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Opening Luncheon Keynote Speaker

David Paterson, former Governor of New York


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Update & Overview – Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Dr. Emily Chew, National Eye Institute
Dr. Mark Kleinman, University of Kentucky


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Update & Overview – Rare Diseases (Choroideremia, Retinoschisis & Bardet-Biedl Syndrome)

Dr. Daniel Chung, Spark Therapeutics
Dr. Jacque Duncan, University of California, San Francisco


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Update & Overview – Retinitis Pigmentosa Group A

Dr. Eric Pierce, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Dr. Paul Yang, Oregon Health & Science University


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Update & Overview – Retinitis Pigmentosa Group B

Dr. Val Canto-Soler, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Gerald Fishman, The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired


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Update & Overview – Stargardt Disease, Cone-Rod Dystrophy & Best Disease

Dr. Christine Kay, Vitreo Retinal Associates
Dr. Janet Sunness, Greater Baltimore Medical Center


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Update & Overview – Usher Syndrome

Dr. Benjamin Bakall, Associated Retinal Specialist, University of Arizona
Dr. Jennifer Lentz, Louisiana State University Health Science Center


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Genetic Counseling, Genotyping and My Retina Tracker

Dr. Stephen Daiger, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
Karmen Trzupek, InformedDNA


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Your Low Vision Toolkit

Maurie Hill, Ai Squared


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Stem Cells 101

Dr. Dennis Clegg, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. David Gamm, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Finding Your Resilience

Becky Andrews, Resilient Solutions, Inc


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Physical Fitness & Sports for the Visually Impaired

Bob Hart, Ski for Light
Phillip Mason and Maurice Peret, Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
Rose Sloan, National Federation of the Blind
Tracy Soforenko, National Federation of the Blind of Virginia


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Genetics 101

Dr. Stephen Daiger, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
Meghan Marino, Cleveland Clinic


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Retinal Degenerative Diseases 101

Dr. Mahmood Shah, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Karl Wahlin, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


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Gene Therapy 101

Dr. Shannon Boye, University of Florida
Dr. John Flannery, University of California, Berkeley


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Joining the 21st Century Workforce

Colleen Wunderlich, The Hadley School for the Blind


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White Cane Basics

Ginger Irwin, The Hadley School for the Blind


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Saturday Sessions

Living Positively with Usher Syndrome

Carol Brill, Usher Ireland


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Digital Disability Rights: A Primer on Your Legal Right to Information and Inclusion

Timothy Elder, Esq., TRE Legal Practice, LLC


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Cooking with Low or No Vision

Neva Fairchild, American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss


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Guide Dog Basics: What a Canine Can Do for You

Jessica Bimmermann, Leader Dogs for the Blind


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Clinical Trials: Am I Ready?

Dr. Christy Donmoyer, Allegheny College
Dr. Christine Kay, Vitreo Retinal Associates


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Retinal Degenerative Diseases 201

Dr. Gerald Fishman, The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Dr. Paul Yang, Oregon Health & Science University


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Sighted Spouses: Techniques for Ensuring Vision Loss Does Not Impact Your Relationship

Dan Ashman, Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Tracy and Sharon Soforenko, National Federation of the Blind


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Increasing Your Independence through Tablet and Smartphone Technology

Dr. Gregg Pusateri, Spectrios Institute for Low Vision


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Your Individualized Plan for Employment: Effective Strategies for Working with State Vocational Rehabilitation Programs

Anil Lewis, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute


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Style, Fashion and Make-up for Low Vision

Neva Fairchild, American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss


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Stem Cells 201

Dr. Dennis Clegg, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. David Gamm, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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ARGUS II Retinal Prosthesis Update – Soup to Nuts: Assessment, Surgery, Rehabilitation & Results

Dr. Gislin Dagnelie, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. James Handa, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Pamela Jeter, Lions Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center
Fran Fulton, ARGUS II Patient Ambassador


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Nutrition and Your Vision

Dr. Dennis Hoffman, Retina Foundation of the Southwest


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Parents of Children Experiencing Vision Loss

Carol Castellano, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children


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Cane vs. Canine: How Do I Ever Choose?

Chelsea White, The Seeing Eye, Inc.


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Doctor Is In – Age Related Macular Degeneration

Dr. James Handa, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Mark Kleinman, University of Kentucky


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Doctor Is In – Rare Diseases

Dr. Daniel Chung, Spark Therapeutics
Dr. Jacque Duncan, University of California, San Francisco


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Doctor Is In – Retinitis Pigmentosa Group A

Dr. Eric Pierce, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Dr. Paul Yang, Oregon Health & Science University


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Doctor Is In – Retinitis Pigmentosa Group B

Dr. Val Canto-Soler, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Gerald Fishman, The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired


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Doctor Is In – Stargardt, Cone-Rod, Best

Dr. Christy Donmoyer, Allegheny College
Dr. Christine Kay, Vitreo Retinal Associates


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Doctor Is In – Usher Syndrome

Dr. Benjamin Bakall, Associated Retinal Specialist, University of Arizona
Dr. Jennifer Lentz, Louisiana State University Health Science Center


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Closing General Session - Breathe in Peace; Breathe out Fear: Coping with Your Own or a Loved One’s Vision and/or Hearing Loss

Rebecca Alexander, Author and Motivational Speaker


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