Aniridia, PAX6, and Beyond…

2021 Aniridia North America Symposium on PAX6, Aniridia, and Beyond…conference on eye development and disease

Eye Development and Disease

At this conference there will be leading researchers focusing on research in aniridia and other congenital eye diseases, and potential treatments using targeted gene-based precision medicine.

November 5 – 7, 2021

Darden Conference Center
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA


Click HERE to register for the 2021 PAX-6 Conference

If you wish to attend the conference after registration is closed, please email Rob Grainger ( and Liz Blough (

Registration Deadline: TBD

Registration Fees: There are no fees to attend the conference.

Agenda: Soon to come

Meals:  Tentative plans for your interest in meals should be indicated when you register.

Parking: Parking at Darden is provided free of charge.

For further information about this conference, please email

As we get closer to the date, we will post more information and registration details.

Speakers include:

  • Daniel Aberdam, Universite de Paris
  • Ruth Ashery-Padan, Tel Aviv University
  • Seth Blackshaw, Johns Hopkins University
  • Tim Blenkinsop, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
  • Dominique Bremond-Gignac, Université Paris V Descartes, Hôpital Universitaire Necker
  • Brian Brooks, National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute
  • Ales Cvekl, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Ali Djalilian, University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Melinda Duncan, University of Delaware
  • Jennifer Elisseeff, Johns Hopkins University
  • Robert Grainger, University of Virginia
  • Cheryl Gregory-Evans, University of British Columbia, Eye Care Centre
  • Kevin Gregory-Evans, University of British Columbia, Eye Care Centre
  • Nikki Hall, University of Edinburgh
  • Robert Hufnagel, National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute
  • Salil Lachke, University of Delaware
  • James Lauderdale, University of Georgia
  • Neil Lagali, Linköping University
  • Xiaorong Liu, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Tara McGehee, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Maria Moosajee, University College, London
  • Peter Netland, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Elena Semina, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Veronica van Heyningen, University College, London
  • Janey Wiggs, Harvard Medical School
  • Hao Zhang, Northwestern University


This symposium is the inaugural event for Aniridia North America and is supported by the UVA Ophthalmology and Biology Departments, the Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences and Medicine, as well as Vision for Tomorrow, the University of Georgia and and the International WAGR Syndrome Association. We also gratefully acknowledge patient support and research by many other groups around the world.  Poster image courtesy of Veronica van Heyningen.  

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