Oxford-Bristol-Cardiff-Southampton Alliance in Vision Research

The Oxford-Bristol-Cardiff-Southampton Alliance in Vision Research is a conference that brings together ophthalmologists, basic research scientists and clinical scientists from the four centres with a common interest in Eye and Vision Research.

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Date and venue

The meeting was on Friday 30 January 2015 at the Mshed in Bristol.

The event was followed by a Speakers' dinner at the Riverstation.


Session 1 - University of Bristol, Chair: Denize Atan
09:00 to 09:30 Registration
09:30 to 09:50 Gemma Beers: “The role of LRG1 in the regulation of angiogenesis in uveitis.” 
09:50 to 10:10 Sofia Theodoropoulou: “The contribution of cellular bio-energetics in stimulating IL-33/ST2 axis in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration.”
10:10 to 10:30 Pip Lait: Glucocorticoid resistant Th17 cells are selectively attenuated by Cyclosporine A."
10:30 to 10:50 Ed Mountjoy: "What can deep-sequencing analysis tell us about the function of Bhlhe22 and Bhlhe23 during neuronal development?"
10:50 to 11:10

Morning break (20 minutes) with refreshments


Session 2 - University of Cardiff, Chair: James Morgan
11:10 to 11:30 Andrew Quantock: “Corneal biophysics: therapeutic implications”
11:30 to 11:50 Terry Smith: “Novel therapies for mitochondrial optic neuropathies”
11:50 to 12:10 Julie Albon: “Adventures in the lamina cribosa”
12:10 to 13:10 Hot & Cold Finger Buffet Lunch (60 minutes)


Session 3 – University of Oxford, Chairs: Russell Foster/Robert Maclaren
13:10 to 13:20 Professors Russell Foster/Robert Maclaren: “An overview of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology”
13:20 to 13:40 Doron Hickey: “Optogenetic gene therapy for photoreceptor loss”
13:40 to 14:00 Daniyar Dauletbekov: “AAV gene therapy in rhodopsin mediated retinitis pigmentosa”
14:00 to 14:20

Christie Campla: "Identification of candidate NRL target genes associated with rod photoreceptor maturation"

14:20 to 14:40

Afternoon break (20 minutes) with refreshments


Session 4 - University of Southampton, Chair: Srini Goverdhan
14:40 to 15.00 Srini Goverdhan: "A novel mouse model of Geographic Atrophy resembling Human Geographic AMD"
15.00 to 15.20 Gareth Ward: “Design and development of a biocompatible polymer scaffold for ocular applications”
15.20 to 15.40 Chris Hughes: “Development of Novel Anti-Angiogenic Antibodies For Gene Therapy Of AMD”
15.40 to 16.00 Paul Ibbett: “The impact of systemic inflammation on AMD”
16:00 to 16:10 Break (10 minutes)


Session 5 – Keynote speaker: Professor Innes Cuthill, University of Bristol
16:10 to 17:00

Professor Innes Cuthill: “Other ways of seeing: comparative colour vision”

18:30 'till late Speakers’ dinner reception at the Riverstation

Innes Cuthill has been Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Bristol since 1998. After a first degree in Zoology at Cambridge and a D.Phil. at Oxford, he held a Junior Research Fellowship at Brasenose College Oxford, then moved to a lectureship in Bristol in 1989. Most of his work is strongly interdisciplinary, in the last decade collaborating closely with perceptual psychologists and computational neuroscientists to develop and tests models of animal colour vision and animal coloration.

In 1998 he won the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London, and in 2005 the Nature (Nature Publishing Group) and NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) award for mentoring in science; he was President of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour from 2007 to 2010 and is currently one of the senior editors of Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B, Biological Sciences.

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