Santoral: San Pío de Pietrelcina; Santa Tecla de Seleucia
Santoral: San Pío de Pietrelcina; Santa Tecla de Seleucia

Universidad Católica de Valencia

I Symposium on Retinal Degeneration

Dear colleagues and friends in the field of retinal diseases,

We are living through rough times. Due to the global pandemic, it is difficult, when it is not impossible to meet in person. Nevertheless, we cannot stop discussing science. It is our responsibility, as scientists, to keep the conversation running, share with other colleagues our results, and get to know what other researchers are doing in our field. This is the reason we decided to launch this "I Symposium on Retinal Degenerations" online.

Today, blindness represents a growing global problem, with a significant impact on affected patients and on society in general. In 2010, around 3% of the European population suffered total or partial blindness (according to the WHO). Increased life expectancy and aging accentuate the problem, since visual impairment is mainly suffered by the elderly. Some studies indicate that, in some years, most European citizens over the age of 60 will be affected by some disease that affects vision, such as glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa (RP), age-related macular degeneration ( AMD) or diabetic retinopathy (RD). Despite advances in genetic knowledge, to date there is no effective cure option, representing an urgent need to develop new treatment strategies. Nevertheless, several approaches to find a cure for diseases that cause blindness: transplantation, biomechanical implants, gene therapy, neuroprotection, etc.

The objective of the "I Symposium on retinal degeneration" is to discuss the latest discoveries in the field. Basic and clinical experts are invited to submit their communications (in the form of an oral presentation or poster). Likewise, companies and patient associations will join us. Invited speakers are all well-known international scientists in the field of retinal degeneration.

Looking forward to meet all of you at the meeting,

Javier Sancho-Pelluz, PhD

Preliminary program


  • Opening lecture
  • I session of lectures: New insights in biology of the retina
  • I poster session

THURSDAY, October 29TH

  • II session of lectures: Novel strategies to fight blindness (i)
  • II Poster session


  • III session of lectures: Novel strategies to fight blindness (ii)
  • Round table: the future in the field: into the unknown

FRIDAY, October 30TH

  • IV session of lectures: Bench to bedside: patients point of view, clinical research and industry


  • Best posters presentation
  • Closing lecture

Abstract submission

Interested parties must send their communication to the following email address: srd@ucv.es.
Deadline for abstract submission is September 30th 2020.


Please follow the instructions to register to the symposium.
Deadline to register is October 27th 2020.
Registration is free of charge and is open to everyone

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October 28th-30th, 2020



The symposium is funded by the Conselleria de Innovación, Universidades, Ciencia y Sociedad Digital de la Generalitat Valenciana (grant number AORG/2020/A/100).

This symposium is free of charge.