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February 26, 2008

Emory Eye Center Faculty To Present at Foundation Fighting Blindness Seminar

(ATLANTA) Four Emory Eye Center faculty members will present information on retinal diseases and treatments at a Foundation Fighting Blindness half-day seminar on Saturday, March 29, in Atlanta. The event is free and open to the public.  “Macular Degeneration, RP and Related Diseases” will focus on treatments and therapies, research advances and low vision resources to help in day-to-day activities.

WHEN:     Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:  The Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree St., NW

WHAT:    Jiong Yan, MD, and Sunil Srivastava, MD, both retina specialists at Emory Eye Center, will present information on current treatment strategies, emerging new therapies and clinical trials on age-related macular degeneration.

Eye Center researcher Jeffrey Boatright, PhD, will present information on current research into blinding eye diseases and what’s on the horizon. Dr. Boatright’s research focuses on neuro-protectants in the treatment of retinal degenerations.

Susan Primo, OD, MPH, FAAO, will offer information on dealing with visual impairment due to retina degenerations. An expert in low vision, she will provide insight into the many ways low vision patients can be helped with new technological devices as well as simple fixes around the home.

The seminar is free and a continental breakfast will be provided. Valet parking is available (all-day fee is $23); self-parking (all day fee is $18). The Westin Hotel is located one block for the MARTA “Peachtree Center” stop. The event is supported by a grant from Genentech.

To register for the event, call 800-277-0004  or go to:
http://www.blindness.org/seminar/Atlanta/index.htm
Seating is limited and advance registration is requested.

About the Foundation Fighting Blindness
The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the largest source of non-governmental funding for retinal degenerative disease research in the world. The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases. www.FightBlindness.org

About Emory Eye Center
The Department of Ophthalmology and Emory Eye Center have a mission to conduct pioneering research into blinding eye diseases, to educate and train eye professionals, and to provide excellent patient care. The Department includes 23 ophthalmologists, five optometrists, nine basic scientists, 11 post-doctoral fellows, and nine researchers in other Emory departments who hold joint appointments in the Department of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology research is supported by $6 million in NIH funding. The Department has remained in the top rankings by U.S. News & World Report for the 11 years the magazine has held a ranking for Ophthalmology. http://www.eyecenter.emory.edu.

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