Aniridia, PAX6, and Beyond…

2019 John F. Anderson Symposium

Eye Development and Disease

UVA Ophthalmology is sponsoring a conference on congenital eye disease.  At this conference there will be leading researchers focusing on new insights into how the eye and vision are established during development, and how congenital eye disease caused by mutation in these genes can be studied and potentially treated using the targeted gene technologies of precision medicine.  There will be opportunities for students and post-docs to present posters or short talks.

2019 Anderson Symposium

Aniridia, PAX6, and Beyond… Eye Development and Disease

Date: November 2 – 3, 2019
Location: Darden Conference Center
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


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

Registration Deadline: October 28, 2019

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



Click HERE to see the AGENDA

Meals: Prices for meals will be determined closer to the date of the conference and communicated to all registrants.  Some subsidies for students, fellows, and patient families may be provided.  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:

  • Ruth Ashery-Padan, Tel Aviv University
  • Brian Brooks, National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute
  • Seth Blackshaw, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dominique Bremond-Gignac, Université Paris V Descartes, Hôpital Universitaire Necker
  • Shukti Chakravarti, NYU Langone Health
  • Ales Cvekl, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Ali Djalilian, University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Arlene Drack, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
  • Melinda Duncan, University of Delaware
  • David FitzPatrick, University of Edinburgh, MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine
  • 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
  • Zbynek Kozmik, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • James Lauderdale, University of Georgia
  • Neil Lagali, Linköping University
  • Xiaorong Liu, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Peter Netland, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • March Odrich, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Elena Semina, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Veronica van Heyningen, University College, London
  • Marla Weetall, PTC Therapeutics
  • Hao Zhang, Northwester University


The research symposium is supported by the Anderson Memorial Symposium fund, University of Virginia’s Department of Ophthalmology, Department of Biology, Department of Neuroscience, and Brain Institute.  Support is also gratefully acknowledged from Vision for Tomorrow, the University of Georgia, and VPTC Therapeutics.   We also gratefully acknowledge continued efforts for patient support and research by the Aniridia Foundation International, Aniridia Europe, and The International WAGR Syndrome Association.  Poster image courtesy of Veronica van Heyningen.  

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