VISIONS2018 | Schedule
VISIONS2018, the national conference of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Saturday, June 23, 2018, San Diego
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Schedule

The VISIONS Team is working hard to secure the best science, information and lifestyle speakers for the visually impaired community. As more speakers are confirmed, we will list their name and information here, so check back often!

Note: All times shown are in Pacific Daylight Time.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

10:00am – 6:00pm Registration Desk Open
Bayview Foyer
3:30pm – 5:30pm Board of Directors Meeting
(Board of Directors and National Trustees only)
Harbor Island Ballroom
4:00pm – 6:00pm Hotel Tours
Bayview Foyer
6:00pm Exhibitor Set - Up
Grand Ballroom ABC
6:00pm – 7:30pm San Diego Host Reception for Chapter Leaders
Hosted by San Diego Chapter Leaders
Bayview Lawn

Friday, June 22, 2018

7:00am – 8:00pm Registration Desk Open
Bayview Foyer
7:00am – 8:50am Chapter Leaders Program
Spinniker 1&2

10 Strategies for Engaging Supporters
Joe LaMountain

8:00am – 12:00pm Hotel Tours
Bayview Foyer
9:00am – 10:15am
LIVE!
This session will be live streamed on Facebook and the Eye On the Cure blog.
Opening Session - Mission Possible! The Year’s Top Advances and What’s Next in Retinal Disease Science
Harbor Island Ballroom

Creating A New Path: LUXTURNA™ (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl)
Daniel Chung, DO, MA, Ophthalmic Lead for Clinical Development, Spark Therapeutics

The Search for a Pan-Therapeutic
Halden Conner, CEO and President, Nacuity Pharmaceuticals 

Where is FFB Laying the Groundwork for the Next Breakthrough?
Stephen Rose, PhD, Chief Research Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness

How Science and Industry Team to Create Cures
Ben Yerxa, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness

10:20am – 11:00am Learn more about our Legacy Society Program
OPEN TO ALL ATTENDEES

Spinniker 2

John Corneille, JD, Director of Planned Giving, Foundation Fighting Blindness

10:20am – 11:20am Refreshment Break
Harbor Island Foyer
11:20 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. Concurrent Science Sessions

Optogenetics
Marina 2
John Flannery, PhD, UC Berkeley

Stem Cells
Nautilus 2
Trevor McGill, PhD, OHSU
David Gamm, MD, PhD, McPherson Eye Research Institute, University of Wisconsin
Dennis Clegg, MD, PhD, UC Santa Barbara

Gene Therapies
Nautilus 1
Timothy Stout, MD, PhD, Baylor
David S. Williams, PhD, UC Los Angeles
Shannon Boye, PhD, University of Florida

Prosthetics
Spinniker 2
Mark Humayun, MD, PhD, University of Southern California
Lauren Ayton, PhD, Bionic Eye Technologies

Genetic Technologies 
Marina 1
Gerald Cox, MD, PhD, Editas Medicine
Michael McCaleb, PhD, Ionis Pharmaceuticals

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
LIVE!
This session will be live streamed on Facebook and the Eye On the Cure blog.
Keynote Luncheon
Harbor Island Ballroom

Think Outside our Perceived Limitations - Featuring Keynote Speaker Jim Platzer

2:00pm – 7:30pm Exhibit Hall Open
Grand Ballroom ABC
2:30pm – 2:50pm Technology Showcase – SmartCane
Grand Ballroom ABC
3:10pm – 4:15pm
LIVE!
This session will be live streamed on Facebook and the Eye On the Cure blog.

Science Plenary Session 1
Harbor Island Ballroom

What You Need to Know About Genetics, Genetic Testing, and Patient Registries

Erica E. Davis, PhD, Duke University
Brian Mansfield, PhD, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Kelsey Zegar MS, CGC, InformedDNA
4:20pm – 5:25pm
LIVE!
This session will be live streamed on Facebook and the Eye On the Cure blog.
Science Plenary Session 2:
Harbor Island Ballroom

Clinical Trials Update and Is a Clinical Trial Right for You?
Ben Shaberman, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Christine Kay, MD, Vitreo Retinal Associates
John Corneille, JD, Foundation Fighting Blindness

5:30pm – 7:00pm Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Grand Ballroom ABC
7:00pm – 8:30pm Dessert Break
Harbor Island Foyer
7:00pm – 9:00pm National Trustees Dinner
(Board of Directors and National Trustees only)
Catalina Room
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Mix and Mingle Conversations

Retinitis Pigmentosa
Marina 3
Jessie Wolinsky

Usher Syndrome
Marina 1

Stargardt Disease
Harbor Island Ballroom

Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA)
Spinniker 1

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) 
Marina 5

Couples
Marina 2

Young Adults 
Spinniker 2

Saturday, June 23, 2018

7:00am – 5:00pm Registration Desk Open
Bayview Foyer
7:00am – 8:00am Gentle Yoga (Free)
Bayview Lawn

Martel Catalano
7:30am – 8:45am Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Grand Ballroom ABC
8:00am – 1:30pm Exhibit Hall Open
Grand Ballroom ABC
8:00am – 8:45am Technology Showcase – Aira
Grand Ballroom ABC
9:00am – 10:25am
LIVE!
The Retinitis Pigmentosa session will be live streamed on Facebook and the Eye On the Cure blog.
Concurrent Update and Overview Sessions
10:30am – 11:40am.
LIVE!
The Stress Management session will be live streamed on Facebook and the Eye On the Cure blog.
Concurrent Lifestyle Sessions
  • Cooking Without Looking
    Spinniker 2
    Neva Fairchild, Federation for the Blind

    Power Walking, Jogging, and Running: Not Just for Sighted People
    Marina 5
    Richard Hunter, Volunteer Program Coordinator, United Stride
    Vi Hau, MD, PhD, Southern California Permanente Medical Group

    Is a Guide Dog Right for Me or My Child?
    Spinniker 1
    Zack Gittlen, Guide Dogs of America

    Supporting a Loved One Who Has an Inherited Retinal Disease
    Marina 3
    Maria Johnson, Publisher, “Girl Gone Blind” Website

    Removing Barriers to Student Success for Low or No Vision Students: Elementary - College
    Marina 2
    Mary Alexander, National Director, Student Initiatives, Learning Ally

    Stress Management and Self-Care for People with Degenerative Diseases          
    Harbor Island Ballroom
    Martel Catalano, Founder, “Beyond My Battle”

11:45am – 12:55pm Boxed Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Grand Ballroom ABC
1:00pm – 2:35pm
LIVE!
This session will be live streamed on Facebook and the Eye On the Cure blog.
Concurrent Technology Sessions
Harbor Island Ballroom
  • Find Your Product-Market Fit: Tips and Tools for Personal Peak Performance
    Ed Summers, SAS
  • Hadley’s iFocus on Apple Accessibility
    Douglas Walker, Hadley School

    There’s an App for That! An Overview of Smart Phone Apps That May Enhance Independent Living
    Ryan Jones, VFO Group

2:40pm – 3:00pm Refreshment Break
Harbor Island Foyer
3:05pm – 4:30pm
LIVE!
This session will be live streamed on Facebook and the Eye On the Cure blog.
Closing Session
Harbor Island Ballroom

Trends in Ophthalmic Innovation - A 25 Year Perspective
Keynote Speaker: Emmett Cunningham, Jr., MD, PhD, MPH

Remarks
David Brint, Chairman, Foundation Fighting Blindness

5:00pm – 6:30pm Visionary Council Reception
(Visionary Council Members only)
Ballroom BC
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Dinner Cruise – Offsite Ticketed Event

Sunday, June 24, 2018

7:00am – 8:00am Gentle Yoga (FREE)
Bayview Lawn

Ticketed Events

8:40am – Meet in Lobby
9:00am – Depart from hotel
San Diego City Bus Tour – Offsite Ticketed Event
11:10am – Meet in Lobby
11:15am – Depart from hotel
Adaptive Sailing Clinic and Sailing – Offsite Ticketed Event
10:00am – Meet in Lobby
10:15am – Depart from hotel
Tactile Tour at the San Diego Zoo (Animals in Action)
Offsite Ticketed Event

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VISIONS2018 GOLD PARTNERS
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AGTCSecond SightVitrisa Therapeutics
Foundation Fighting Blindness