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The RP Fighting Blindness Conference 2018

23 June 2018

Members, patients, supporters, clinicians and researchers alike are welcome to attend the RP Fighting Blindness Conference on Saturday 23rd of June 2018 to share information, research news and everything RP.

As last year, the conference will be held at 1 America Square, 17 Crosswall, London, EC3N 2LB. This venue is conveniently situated close to London Fenchurch Street, Tower Hill and Tower Gateway stations. You can learn more about this venue on the 1 America Square website:

This one-day event is always an important part of the RPFB calendar, bringing together over a 150 people to hear from our expert speakers, learn from each other, meet the RP Fighting Blindness team, as well as socialise and catch up with old friends. The event also incorporates the charity’s formal AGM as the last session of the day.

We will have medical speakers, voice interface software developers Veni Loqui and OxSight’s Stephen Hicks on our main stage.

Following the success of last year’s format, we will be running workshops again this year. Members of RP Fighting Blindness are welcome to take part in the conference at no charge, together with a partner or guide. Non-members are equally welcome at a cost of £30 each, which includes refreshments all day and the buffet lunch.

For members and non-members alike, it is essential that places are booked, as seating and catering arrangements are made in advance. Please contact head office on or call on 01280 821334 to confirm the number of places required. Non-members will be invoiced. Please advise us of any communications needs you may have, and if you have any food allergies or intolerances.

Programme for the day:

9.00 Exhibition, stands and registration open

9:55 Conference Welcome Address
Don Grocott, Chairman of the Board

10:00 Chief Executive’s Address
Tina Houlihan, Chief Executive, RPFB

10:10 Medical Speaker
Retinal Disease Models & Medicines - Dr Mariya Moosajee

10:35 Technology Speaker
VI Technology - Stephen Hicks

11:00 Tea and coffee break
With a chance to view the stands and chat

11:25 Partner Speaker
Dr Laura Brady, Fighting Blindness Ireland

11:50 Inspirational speaker
“FLY” Freedom In Acceptance - Victoria Claire

12:20 Lunch
Lunch is provided in breakout area. Stands will remain open.

“FLY” Freedom In Acceptance Art Exhibition
By Victoria Claire

13:20 Voice Control Technology and Smart Homes
Richard Merrett & Bob Harris, Veni Loqui

13:50 Workshop option 1: - Room One
Smart Glasses
Dr Rob Evans and Daniel Crown, OxSight

13:50 Workshop option 2: - Room Two
Dr Nikolas Pontikos, Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL

13:50 Workshop option 3: - Room Three
Charles Bonnet Syndrome
Judith Potts, Esme’s Umbrella

14:35 Tea and Coffee Break
With a final chance to view the stands and chat

15:00 Medical Speaker
Prof Susan Downes

15:25 The John Marshall Award - RP Scientist of the Year presentation
Presented by Professor John Marshall MBE, RPFB Trustee

15:35 RP Question Time
Chaired by Professor John Marshall MBE and joined by medical speakers

16:25 Conference close
Don Grocott, Chairman of the Board

16:45 Annual General Meeting
The formal business matters of the charity
Non-members are welcome to attend but are unable to speak or vote on any resolution

Agenda for RP Fighting Blindness AGM

1. Chairman’s welcome
2. Introductions
3. Apologies
4. Approval of the minutes of the previous AGM
5. Annual Report and Accounts for 2017
(a) Introduction
(b) Questions from the floor
(c) Resolution: to adopt the Report and Accounts for 2017
6. Resolution: To appoint Davies Mayers Barnett Audit Services as auditors
7. Resolution: The Retirement and Re-election of trustees.
(a) The following trustees retire by rotation and are standing for re-election:
Janet Crookes
Rachael Stevens
(b) The following trustees retire by rotation and are not standing for re-election:
Stephen Jones
8. Any Other Business
9. Chairman’s closing remarks

17:15 Conference Close
Don Grocott, Chairman of the Board

This programme is subject to change.

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