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Programme of Events

Programme of Events

Thursday 11th October 2018 World Sight Day

Venue: Riddel Hall, Belfast 

The first day of the conference will concentrate on nutrition and the eye and will feature presentations and reports from colleagues on a local, national and international setting.

9.00-9.25  Registration and Coffee
9.25 – 9.35


Tunde Peto, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, and Clinical Lead for the NI DESP, QUB 

9.35 – 10.40

The ‘Big Picture’ – Report from the National Screening Committee and the 5-nations leads 

NSC and 5-nations representatives

10.40 – 12.20

Nutrition and the eye session: Invited lectures 

Nutrition in Northern Ireland – Claire McEvoy

Micronutrients and eye-health – Imre Lengyel

Global challenges in food security - Chris Elliott

Current nutritional guidelines for best results in diabetes care – Philip Johnston
12.20 – 1.00

Lunch and networking for WSD delegates 

1.00 – 1.40

Interactive Clinical Session – Intriguing clinical cases 

Chair: David Keegan 

1.40 – 2.00

Eliminating trachoma 

Elliot McClenaghan, QUB

2.00 – 2.20

The built environment and the visually impaired 

Laura Cushley, QUB

2.20 – 2.50

Afternoon tea

2.50 – 3.30

Keynote lecture: Collaboration is the key: working together towards solving MacTel   

Martin Friedlander, San Diego, USA 
3.30 – 4.00

The role of fenofibrates and lipid lowering drugs in diabetes care around the World  

Alicia Jenkins, Sydney, Australia 

4.00 - 4.30

Diabetic eye disease around the world

Tunde Peto, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, and Clinical Lead for the NI DESP, QUB screening

World Sight Day Celebration

Frank Albert Tanzania: Diabetic eye disease in Africa: achievements and challenges

Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between QUB and Dodoma Team


Close of the day


Interested in attending?
Register for Thursday 11 October

Friday 12th October 2018 Pan-Ireland Ophthalmic Day (POD) 2018 

The Pan-Ireland Ophthalmic Day will explore both laboratory and clinical research and case studies including translational medicine aspects of diabetic retinopathy, AMD and the consequent use of bioinformatics will be discussed.

9.00 – 9.25 Registration and Coffee
9.25 – 9.35


Tunde Peto, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology QUB and BHSCT


   Translational science session: Chairs: Alan Stitt and Matthew Campbell

9.35 – 10.05


Novel approaches to treatment of early diabetic retinopathy  

Alan Stitt, QUB

 10.05 – 10.35

 Circadian regulation of the inner blood retina barrier; A paradigm for geographic atrophy development

Matthew Campbell, Trinity College Dublin

 10.35 – 10.55

Developing a new way of measuring visual acuity in AMD  

Roger Anderson, University of Ulster

 10.55 – 11.25  Coffee break and networking 
 11.25 – 11.50  Novel findings in AMD research

Imre Lengyel, Senior lecturer, CEM, QUB

 11.50 – 12.10 The power of big data in health and disease  

 Jose Sousa, QUB

 12.10 – 12.45

Keynote lecture: Angiogenesis and the eye    

Martin Friedlander, San Diego, USA

 12.45 – 1.30  Lunch and networking 
   Clinical session: Chair: Miss Julie Silvestri and Mr David Keegan
 1.30 – 2.30

Fluorescein and OCT Angiography Conference     

Chairs: Professor Alan Bird and Miss Clara McAvoy

Dr Clare Shute – Cases of FEVR, capillary haemangioma and a mystery case

Dr Gerard Reid- Sarcoid a stunning case of angioid streak

 Miss Clara MCAVOY- Burkitts lymphoma

2.30 – 3.20

Uveitis symposium and case discussions 

Chairs: Clara McAvoy and RoI representative

  Ajay Mohite - Fungal endophthalmitis

  Clare Shute -  FEVR

  Gerard Reid - angioid streaks and pseudoxanthoma

  James Parker- retinal hamartoma

  Burkitts lymphoma presenting as exudative retinal detachment


3.20 – 3.40

Afternoon tea

 3.40 – 4.20  Rare diseases and Low Vision Aid Clinical Trials

Chairs: Miss Silvestri (NI) and Mr Keegan (RoI) 

4.20 - 4.30 

Close of the day


Pan-Ireland Ophthalmology Day (POD)


Interested in attending?
Register for Friday 12 October