Retina 2018 New Zealand will offer patients and their families, clinicians, rehabilitation professionals, students and anyone with an interest in retinal disorders with interactive learning and networking opportunities that include short scientific presentations, treatment approach plenaries clinician-focussed and patient-focussed educational forums and social events.

We’re excited to make our first keynote speaker announcements. The speaker biographies are available here

Among others, you can read about some of the following speakers:

Professor Jean Bennett co-directs the Center for Advanced Retinal and Ocular Therapeutics (CAROT) at the University of Pennsylvania. Her world-renowned discoveries in developing gene transfer approaches to test treatment strategies for retinal degenerative and ocular neovascular diseases, and in identifying pathogenetic mechanisms that lead to blindness, has established the scientific underpinnings which made it possible to test the first potential definitive retinal gene therapy treatment for patients with blinding retinal degenerations. 

Professor Elise Héon from Toronto, Canada directs the Eye Genetics Program at the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute. A clinician-scientist, Elise leads a laboratory undertaking both clinical and basic research projects into inherited retinal diseases that enjoys an enviable international reputation.

Professor Eric Pierce is director of the Ocular Genomics Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. An ophthalmologist and molecular geneticist, Eric’s research program is dedicated to understanding the molecular mechanisms of inherited retinal degenerations, and improving therapeutic interventions for these conditions.

Andrea Vincent is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Greenlane Eye Clinic and an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland. She established the NZ Inherited retinal disease database which aims to characterise and understand the spectrum of disease in New Zealand, with research creating zebrafish models of eye disease, in order to trial novel drug treatments.

Jonathan Mosen is a totally blind author, broadcaster, podcaster, blogger, accessibility specialist and advocate. Jonathan produces assistive technology eBooks and audio tutorials, provides mobile app developers with end-user testing and auditing services and produces and presents radio shows and technology podcasts.

Our programme page is at:, and an overview of the programme is attached to this email.


Registration for the 20th Retina International World Congress is now open.

Click on the following link for registration prices, and to register:

Early Bird Registrations will close on 1 November 2017.

Save the Date

10 – 11 February 2018

Conference Venue

Owen G Glenn Building, University of Auckland, Grafton Road, Auckland.


February is a busy time in Auckland and accommodation is likely to sell-out quickly, so we recommend that you book yours soon. Please see the accommodation listings on our website for a range of options, at the following link:

Further information may be found by contacting the following:
The Conference Website:

Enquiries: Samantha Barrett, email:

Share This