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Eye Health: seeing the bigger patient picture - 2017

The MRC Human Genetics Unit at the University of Edinburgh welcomed world-class international scientists, and patients, to discuss progress in the understanding of eye diseases at the ‘Eye Development and Degeneration: From Genes to Therapy’ conference.

At the conference patient event, hosted by the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, researchers and clinicians provided brief and accessible presentations about current research on eye disorders to over 40 people affected by vision loss as well as their family members (and guide dogs!).

Many of the visitors also took the opportunity to join a tour, which showcased the institute’s state-of-the-art imaging facilities and extensive zebrafish research facility.

One highlight was the Q&A session, which enabled those affected by vision loss and those trying to make a difference through research to exchange ideas. Challenging questions from the patients stimulated thought-provoking debate and encouraged the scientists to consider how their research influences treatment options for vision-threatening conditions that affect many people worldwide.