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Diseases of the retina are one of the most common causes of retinal diseases in industrialized countries. In most cases, these diseases are caused by dying neural cells in the retina. To inform the public about the latest developments in research and clinical practice, the 9th Retina Information Day took place on October 21, 2017. This event was a chance for more than 100 visitors to get information on diseases such as Retinitis Pigmentosa, Macular Degeneration, or Glaucoma in four talks and at seven information stands. For example, Caren Norden, research group leader at the MPI-CBG, talked about the development of the zebrafish retina.
The diverse contributions are bridging basic research, therapeutic application, and integrate the valuable work of self-help groups. Many of the research approaches aim to facilitate therapies for the treatment of visual impairment and thus improve the quality of life of those affected. Recent years have also shown that many people with visual impairments and their relatives not only come to the Retina Day to hear about the latest research, but also to talk to other people affected and build a network.