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!
Thursday, June 21, 2018
||Registration Desk Open/Packet Pick-Up (Afternoon)
||FFB Chapter Leaders Reception (Late afternoon)
Friday, June 22, 2018
||Registration Desk Open/Packet Pick-Up
||FFB Chapter Leadership Development Program|
|10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
||New! Opening Session: Mission Possible! The Year’s Top Advances and What’s Next in Retinal Disease Science
LUXTURNA™ — First Gene Therapy for the Eye!
Daniel Chung, MD, PhD, 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
|11:20 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
||Emerging Technologies to Treat IRDs (Concurrent Sessions)
John Flannery, PhD, UC Berkeley
Trevor McGill, PhD, OHSU
David Gamm, MD, PhD, McPherson Eye Research Institute, University of Wisconsin
Dennis Clegg, MD, PhD, UC Santa Barbara
Timothy Stout, MD, PhD, Baylor
David Williams, MD
Shannon Boye, PhD, University of Florida
Prosthetics – Biology and Technology
Mark Humayan, MD, PhD, Second Sight
Lauren Ayton, PhD, Bionic Eye Technologies
Genetic Technologies (ASOs, Editing, Read-Throughs)
Gerald Cox, MD, PhD, Editas
|12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
David Brint, Chairman, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Jim Platzer, Keynote
Presentation of Gollob/FFB Board of Directors Builder of Sight Award
|2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
||Exhibit Hall Opens: Technology Showcase Product Demonstration
Technology Showcase: SmartCane
|3:10 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
||Science Plenary Session 1: What You Need to Know About Genetics, Genetic Testing, and Patient Registries
Erika Davis, PhD, Duke University (Invited)
Brian Mansfield, PhD, Foundation Fighting Blindness
|4:20 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.
||Science Plenary Session 2: Clinical Trials Update and Is a Clinical Trial Right for You? |
Ben Shaberman, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Christine Kay, MD, Vitreo Retinal Associates
John Corneille, Foundation Fighting Blindness
|5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
||Late Afternoon All-Attendees Reception
|7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
||Disease-Based Mix and Mingle, Voices of Sessions
Saturday, June 23, 2018
|7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
|7:30 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.
||9:00 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.
||Disease-Specific Research and Clinical Updates (Concurrent Sessions)
Jacque Duncan, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Jennifer Phillips,PhD, Oregon Health and Science University
Benjamin Bakall, MD, Associated Retinal Consultants, Phoenix
Gerald Fishman,MD, Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind
Stephen Daiger, PhD, University of Texas
Mandeep Singh, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Leber Congenital Amaurosis
Daniel Chung, MD, PhD, Spark Therapeutics
Shannon Boye,PhD University of Florida
Roxanna Radu, MD, University of California, Los Angeles
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Marco Zarbin, MD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
David Telander, MD, Sacramento, CA
|10:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
||Adapting and Thriving (Concurrent Sessions)
Cooking Without Looking
Neva Fairchild, Federation for the Blind
Power Walking, Jogging, and Running: Not Just for Sighted People
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?
Rebbie Radtke, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, San Diego Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Supporting a Loved One Who Has an IRD
Maria Johnson, Publisher, “Girl Gone Blind” Website
Removing Barriers to Student Success for Low or No Vision Students: Elementary–Secondary!
Mary Alexander, National Director, Student Initiatives, Learning Ally
Stress Management and Self-Care for People with Degenerative Diseases
Martel Catalano, author of “Beyond My Battle”
|11:45 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.
||Lunch and Exhibit Hall|
|1:00 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.
||Adapting and Thriving - Making Technology Work for You |
- The Right Technology and the Right Mindset
Ed Summers, SAS
Top 10 Must-Have Apps
Douglas Walker, Hadley School
How Adaptive Technologies can Enhance your Web Experience
Ryan Jones, Enterprise Compliance
|2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
|3:05 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
||Closing Session Featuring Biotech Executive Emmett Cunningham and Chapter Awards
Developing Retinal Therapies - A Personal, Science, and Business Perspective
Keynote Speaker: Emmett Cunningham, Jr., MD, PhD, MPH
David Brint, Chairman, Foundation Fighting Blindness
|7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
||Dinner Cruise (Ticketed Event)
Enjoy a 3-hour dinner cruise around San Diego Bay on the High Spirits Hornblower. Cruise includes full buffet dinner and one drink ticket. The Hornblower is a sister ship to President Franklin Roosevelt’s presidential yacht the Sequoia.
Guests for this event will walk from the hotel to the cruise ship. No transportation necessary. Register for this ticketed event under Optional Excursions/Tours when you register online for VISIONS.
Ticket price: $75/person
Sunday, June 24, 2018
||Optional Excursions Tours (Ticketed Events; All Are Morning Events)|
- Adaptive Yoga at the Sheraton - FREE
In this class, visually-impaired yoga teacher and stress specialist, Martel Catalano, will create a safe, nurturing space for you to release tension in the body and mind. All levels are welcome to join in this gentle practice of stretching, basic postures, and mindful meditation. Grab some tranquility to bring with you as you step off your mat and into the rest of your day!
San Diego Zoo Behind-the-Scenes Tactile Tour - $156
See exotic cats climb and jump, feed flamingos, and much more! This fun and interactive experience is a great photo op as zoo keepers bring the animals out to you for an up-close view. Our expert trainers will also take you behind the scenes to feed, touch, or help train some of our animal ambassadors. You will hear amazing stories about each animal you meet and find out how the San Diego Zoo is helping to save species here and around the world. Some animals are unique to this experience and can only be viewed by attending Animals in Action! For ages 5 years and over. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as a significant amount of walking is involved. The zoo's ADA/accessibility liaison will help facilitate the self-guided part of this tour for accessibility precautions.
Transportation from the hotel to the zoo will be provided to all participants. Register for this ticketed event under Optional Excursions/Tours when you register online for VISIONS.
Adaptive Sailing Clinic - $30
Challenged Sailors San Diego provides therapeutic and recreational adaptive sailing opportunities for people with disabilities to enhance their dignity, well-being, and independence. Challenged Sailors San Diego has a fleet of eight Martin 16 sailboats specifically designed for adaptive sailing. The Martin boat allows children and adults with physical disabilities the thrill of sailing! Even individuals with weak arms, or no use of their arms can sail independently using power-assist technology.
Transportation from the hotel to the sailing dock will be provided to all participants. Register for this ticketed event under Optional Excursions/Tours when you register online for VISIONS.
San Diego Bus Tour - $95
Start your visit with a pickup from your hotel or the city’s Kettner Boulevard. From there you’ll continue by air-conditioned coach to some of San Diego’s most iconic attractions, parks, and architecture. Check out the beautiful Victorian facades found in the city’s Gaslamp Quarter, then head to the city’s East Village, site of the San Diego Padres stadium, for a photo opportunity at PETCO Park.
Continue to Balboa Park, considered home to a number of museums, gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Pass by the Botanical Building, which houses a diverse collection of plants and flowers, where you can take a few photos. Then move on to La Jolla, playground of the city’s wealthy residents. The area’s cliff-strewn coastline also features a community of seals and a collection of sea caves, along with top-notch views of San Diego from on top of Mount Soledad.
Proceed to Old Town, known as the birthplace of California, where you can explore the range of restaurants, shops, and historic architecture, some of which date back to the 18th century. Last, visit Seaport Village, a waterfront shopping and dining complex. Wander the cobblestone pathways of this entertainment area, enjoying an eclectic array of boutiques and restaurants; live music and street performers; and views of the San Diego Bay. Use your provided maps and discount guide to make the most of your visit. Stay at the shopping village for 1.5 hrs. before being dropped off at the hotel. Note, the Seaport Village stop is self-guided.
Transportation is provided from the hotel to all participants. Register for this ticketed event under Optional Excursions/Tours when you register online for VISIONS.