General Science Archives | 08 June 2017

18th International Symposium on Retinal Degeneration, September 3-8, 2018 Killarney, Ireland

The 18th International Symposium on Retinal Degeneration will be held in Killarney, Co Kerry, Ireland on September 3-8, 2018. The venue is the Victorian Hotel ‘The Malton’ in Killarney town. The Malton not only has unique rooms, exceptionally good food and friendly staff, it also has a spacious conference center with comfortable seating, up-to-date audio-visual equipment and sufficient space for poster sessions and coffee breaks. ‘The Malton’ is the perfect venue for presenting and discussing ground-breaking science and provides the relaxing atmosphere needed to stimulate maximal interaction among attendees.

An exciting scientific program will focus on the areas of Macular Degeneration and Inherited Retinal Diseases (IRDs)  As in the past, the program will include platform presentations during the day and poster sessions in the evenings. 

Special highlights will be the four Keynote Lectures given by:

  • Mario Capecchi PhD, University of Utah, USA (Nobel Laureate, 2007)
  • James T. Handa MD, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, USA
  • Rando L. Allikmets PhD, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • Peter Humphries PhD, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

The platform presentations will be selected from abstracts submitted by participants and organised around specific themes. These presentations will explore basic molecular and cellular mechanisms of retinal degenerations and provide novel data on approaches to protect photoreceptors and RPE in order to preserve vision. Platform presentations will be scheduled for 20 minutes each, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Posters will be available for viewing throughout the meeting, and there will be two evening sessions completely devoted to poster discussions.

Each RD2018 attendee is encouraged to submit a chapter for publication in the Proceedings Volume.

Travel Awards: We anticipate funding ~50 Travel Awards for students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty below the rank of Associate Professor. A dedicated committee of 8 to 10 senior scientists will chose awardees based on the quality of the submitted abstracts from eligible applicants. Travel Awards cover all expenses including air and ground transportation, registration, and housing, and provide the opportunity for young scientists to meet and interact with world leaders in the field. Women and underrepresented minorities, as well as people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply for Travel Awards and to attend the meeting.

For more Information about the meeting, please visit:

Important Deadlines:

  • Travel Award applications: May 18, 2018
  • Meeting and Hotel Registration: June 29, 2018
  • Online Abstract Submission: June 29, 2018
  • Arrival and Welcome Reception & Dinner: Monday September 3, 2018
  • Departure by Noon Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • 18th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research (ISER), Belfast, Northern Ireland: September 9-13, 2018

We are excited to organize RD2018 in Killarney together with our local hosts Peter and Marian Humphries, and we are looking forward to seeing you in Ireland.

Christian Grimm

Catherine Bowes Rickman

Robert E. Anderson

John Ash

Joe G. Hollyfield

Matthew M. LaVail


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