VISIONS2018 | Schedule
VISIONS2018, the national conference of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Saturday, June 23, 2018, San Diego
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The VISIONS Team is working hard to secure the best science, information and lifestyle speakers for the visually impaired community. As more speakers are confirmed, we will list their name and information here, so check back often!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Registration Desk Open/Packet Pick-Up (Afternoon)
FFB Chapter Leaders Reception (Late afternoon)

Friday, June 22, 2018

7:00 a.m. Registration Desk Open/Packet Pick-Up
7:00 a.m. FFB Chapter Leadership Development Program
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. New! Opening Session: Mission Possible! The Year’s Top Advances and What’s Next in Retinal Disease Science

LUXTURNA™ — First Gene Therapy for the Eye! 
Daniel Chung, MD, PhD, Ophthalmic Lead for Clinical Development, Spark Therapeutics

The Search for a Pan-Therapeutic
Halden Conner, CEO and President, Nacuity Pharmaceuticals 

Where is FFB Laying the Groundwork for the Next Breakthrough?
Stephen Rose, PhD, Chief Research Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness

How Science and Industry Team to Create Cures
Ben Yerxa, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness

11:20 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. Emerging Technologies to Treat IRDs (Concurrent Sessions)

John Flannery, PhD, UC Berkeley

Stem Cells
Trevor McGill, PhD, OHSU
David Gamm, MD, PhD, McPherson Eye Research Institute, University of Wisconsin
Dennis Clegg, MD, PhD, UC Santa Barbara

Gene Therapies
Timothy Stout, MD, PhD, Baylor
David Williams, PhD
Shannon Boye, PhD, University of Florida

Prosthetics – Biology and Technology
Mark Humayan, MD, PhD, Second Sight
Lauren Ayton, PhD, Bionic Eye Technologies

Genetic Technologies (ASOs, Editing, Read-Throughs)   
Gerald Cox, MD, PhD, Editas

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Keynote Luncheon

David Brint, Chairman, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Jim Platzer, Keynote

Presentation of Gollob/FFB Board of Directors Builder of Sight Award

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Opens: Technology Showcase Product Demonstration

Technology Showcase: SmartCane

3:10 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Science Plenary Session 1: What You Need to Know About Genetics, Genetic Testing, and Patient Registries
Erica Davis, PhD, Duke University
Brian Mansfield, PhD, Foundation Fighting Blindness
4:20 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. Science Plenary Session 2: Clinical Trials Update and Is a Clinical Trial Right for You?
Ben Shaberman, Foundation Fighting Blindness
Christine Kay, MD, Vitreo Retinal Associates
John Corneille, Foundation Fighting Blindness
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Late Afternoon All-Attendees Reception
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Disease-Based Mix and Mingle, Voices of Sessions

Saturday, June 23, 2018

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Adaptive Yoga
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. Disease-Specific Research and Clinical Updates (Concurrent Sessions)
  • Usher Syndrome
    Jacque Duncan, MD, University of California, San Francisco
    Jennifer Phillips,PhD, University of Oregon
    Benjamin Bakall, MD, Associated Retinal Consultants, Phoenix

    Retinitis Pigmentosa
    Stephen Daiger, PhD, University of Texas

    Leber Congenital Amaurosis
    Daniel Chung, MD, PhD, Spark Therapeutics
    Shannon Boye,PhD University of Florida

    Roxanna Radu, MD, University of California, Los Angeles
    Paul Yang, MD, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University

    Age-Related Macular Degeneration       
    Marco Zarbin, MD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
    David Telander, MD, Sacramento, CA

10:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Adapting and Thriving (Concurrent Sessions)
  • Cooking Without Looking
    Neva Fairchild, Federation for the Blind

    Power Walking, Jogging, and Running: Not Just for Sighted People
    Richard Hunter, Volunteer Program Coordinator, United Stride
    Vi Hau, MD, PhD, Southern California Permanente Medical Group

    Is a Guide Dog Right for Me or My Child?
    Rebbie Radtke, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, San Diego Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired

    Supporting a Loved One Who Has an IRD
    Maria Johnson, Publisher, “Girl Gone Blind” Website

    Removing Barriers to Student Success for Low or No Vision Students: Elementary–Secondary!
    Mary Alexander, National Director, Student Initiatives, Learning Ally

    Stress Management and Self-Care for People with Degenerative Diseases          
    Martel Catalano, Founder, “Beyond My Battle”

11:45 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. Lunch and Exhibit Hall
1:00 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Adapting and Thriving - Making Technology Work for You
  • Find Your Product-Market Fit: Tips and Tools for Personal Peak Performance
    Ed Summers, SAS
  • Top 10 Must-Have Apps
    Douglas Walker, Hadley School

    How Adaptive Technologies can Enhance your Web Experience
    Ryan Jones, Enterprise Compliance

2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:05 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closing Session Featuring Biotech Executive Emmett Cunningham and Chapter Awards

Developing Retinal Therapies - A Personal, Science, and Business Perspective
Keynote Speaker: Emmett Cunningham, Jr., MD, PhD, MPH

David Brint, Chairman, Foundation Fighting Blindness

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Dinner Cruise (Ticketed Event)

Enjoy a 3-hour dinner cruise around San Diego Bay on the High Spirits Hornblower. Cruise includes full buffet dinner and one drink ticket.  The Hornblower is a sister ship to President Franklin Roosevelt’s presidential yacht the Sequoia.

Guests for this event will walk from the hotel to the cruise ship. No transportation necessary. Register for this ticketed event under Optional Excursions/Tours when you register online for VISIONS.

Ticket price: $75/person

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Optional Excursions Tours (Ticketed Events; all are morning events except the San Diego Zoo Behind-the-Scenes Tactile Tour, which begins at 1:30 p.m.)
  • Adaptive Yoga at the Sheraton - FREE

  • In this class, visually-impaired yoga teacher and stress specialist, Martel Catalano, will create a safe, nurturing space for you to release tension in the body and mind. All levels are welcome to join in this gentle practice of stretching, basic postures, and mindful meditation. Grab some tranquility to bring with you as you step off your mat and into the rest of your day!

    San Diego Zoo Behind-the-Scenes Tactile Tour - $156

    See exotic cats climb and jump, feed flamingos, and much more! This fun and interactive experience is a great photo op as zoo keepers bring the animals out to you for an up-close view. Our expert trainers will also take you behind the scenes to feed, touch, or help train some of our animal ambassadors. You will hear amazing stories about each animal you meet and find out how the San Diego Zoo is helping to save species here and around the world. Some animals are unique to this experience and can only be viewed by attending Animals in Action! For ages 5 years and over (All ages are welcome for General Admission to the San Diego Zoo). Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as a significant amount of walking is involved. The zoo's ADA/accessibility liaison will help facilitate the self-guided part of this tour for accessibility precautions.

    Transportation from the hotel to the zoo will be provided to all participants.  Register for this ticketed event under Optional Excursions/Tours when you register online for VISIONS.

    Adaptive Sailing Clinic - $30

    Challenged Sailors San Diego provides therapeutic and recreational adaptive sailing opportunities for people with disabilities to enhance their dignity, well-being, and independence. Challenged Sailors San Diego has a fleet of eight Martin 16 sailboats specifically designed for adaptive sailing. The Martin boat allows children and adults with physical disabilities the thrill of sailing! Even individuals with weak arms, or no use of their arms can sail independently using power-assist technology.

    Transportation from the hotel to the sailing dock will be provided to all participants. Register for this ticketed event under Optional Excursions/Tours when you register online for VISIONS. For ages 5 years and older.

    San Diego Bus Tour - $95

    Start your visit with a pickup from your hotel or the city’s Kettner Boulevard. From there you’ll continue by air-conditioned coach to some of San Diego’s most iconic attractions, parks, and architecture. Check out the beautiful Victorian facades found in the city’s Gaslamp Quarter, then head to the city’s East Village, site of the San Diego Padres stadium, for a photo opportunity at PETCO Park. 

    Continue to Balboa Park, considered home to a number of museums, gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Pass by the Botanical Building, which houses a diverse collection of plants and flowers, where you can take a few photos. Then move on to La Jolla, playground of the city’s wealthy residents. The area’s cliff-strewn coastline also features a community of seals and a collection of sea caves, along with top-notch views of San Diego from on top of Mount Soledad. 

    Proceed to Old Town, known as the birthplace of California, where you can explore the range of restaurants, shops, and historic architecture, some of which date back to the 18th century. Last, visit Seaport Village, a waterfront shopping and dining complex. Wander the cobblestone pathways of this entertainment area, enjoying an eclectic array of boutiques and restaurants; live music and street performers; and views of the San Diego Bay. Use your provided maps and discount guide to make the most of your visit. Stay at the shopping village for 1.5 hrs. before being dropped off at the hotel. Note, the Seaport Village stop is self-guided.

    Transportation is provided from the hotel to all participants.  Register for this ticketed event under Optional Excursions/Tours when you register online for VISIONS. All ages welcome.

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