2020 Annual Conference and AGM

Saturday 12 September 2020

9.15 am - 4.00 pm

We’re taking our conference online! Wherever you are, join us for expert talks on the latest in treatments and research. With tailored sessions for those with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and another for those with inherited retinal diseases and of working age, this virtual conference has something for everyone. It’s free and no need to register.

Find out more about the speakers and talks planned:

Join us for the entire day, morning or afternoon session or just drop in for one talk.
We’re disappointed not to see you in person, but due to the coronavirus outbreak we felt that it would be safer not to gather in Birmingham as we had originally planned.
Following the conference will be the Members’ Annual General Meeting at 4.00pm.
What you need to know beforehand:
  • It’s free and there is no need to register, or download any software onto your PC or tablet.
  • On the day itself, simply return to this page and you’ll find the link to view the conference.
  • Only the speakers will be on your screen; in audio and video. You won’t need a camera or a microphone to speak into, just a way to listen to the talks online.
  • Members will be sent more information about the AGM and how to take part in August.
Can’t join us live? Catch up later and watch talks at your leisure. After the event, we’ll update this page with all the details.

Conference programme

Inherited Retinal Diseases and Working Age Session

9.15Welcome to the sessionJohn Dunston, Chair, Macular Society and Cathy Yelf, Chief Executive, Macular Society
9.35Message from our sponsorOXSIGHT
9.40Using stem cells to understand and treat inherited macular diseaseDr Amanda Carr, University College London
10.15Clinical trial updates on AMD, central serous retinopathy and Stargardt diseaseProfessor Andrew Lotery, University of Southampton
10.55Current myopia research: from bench to kindergartenProfessor Jeremy Guggenheim, Cardiff University
11.40That’ll work: employment and sight lossColin Daniels, Working Age and Young People’s Service Manager, Macular Society
12.05Session summary and final wordsJohn Dunston and Cathy Yelf

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) session

12.45Welcome to the sessionJohn Dunston and Cathy Yelf
1.05Message from our sponsorOXSIGHT
1.10Improving care for patients with AMD - how does your health data help?Professor Alastair Denniston, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
1.45The future is here for patients with AMD - home-monitoring, video consultations, and new treatmentsDr Dawn Sim, Moorfields Eye Hospital
2.25Developing an immunotherapy eye drop for AMD: tales from the laboratoryDr Lisa Hill, University of Birmingham
3.00Using electrical brain stimulation to treat Charles Bonnet SyndromeKat Da Silva Morgan, Newcastle University
3.35Session summary and final wordsJohn Dunston and Cathy Yelf

Members’ Annual General Meeting

Following the conference will be the Members’ Annual General Meeting at 4.00pm

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And with special thanks to The John Mason Family Trust for their support