This is a provisional agenda for the 5th European Aniridia Conference which will take place online. There will be more details and perhaps changes added in the coming months

July/August 2021

Friday 30 July 1.30-4.30pm

Saturday 31 July

Morning 1: The Eye

  • Keynote: Prof. Tony Moore, UK/USA
  • Having Cataract surgery and living with sight loss – Keith Spink, UK
  • Management of cataract and artificial iris implants for aniridia – Mr Stephen Tuft, UK
  • Nystagmus – Mr Jay Self and Miss Helena. Lee, UK
  • Genotype-phenotype correlations – Prof. Dominique. Bremond-Gignac, France
  • Lay summary
  • Questions and answers / Panel discussion


Morning 2: Outside the Eye

  • Effect on my sleep – Beth Dawes, UK
  • Sleep disorders and aniridia – Russell Foster
  • Endocrinology aspects: Role of Pax6 in pancreas development and maintenance – Prof. Guy Rutter,UK
  • PAX6 Metabolomics – Mariya Moosajee, UK
  • WAGR disease mechanisms and variability – Kelly Trout, USA
  • Lay summary
  • Questions and answers / Panel discussion


Afternoon 1: In the Cell

  • Importance of taking part in and supporting research – S. Butler,UK
  • IPSC – Dr. Mariya. Moosaje/D. Cunha, UK/Spain
  • Effects of Pax6 mutations on mouse brain development – Dr. John Mason,UK
  • Lay summary
  • Panel discussion / Questions and answers


Afternoon 2: Future Therapies

  • Therapeutic approaches targeting anterior chamber defects in the Pax6Sey/+ model of aniridia – C. Gregory Evans, Canada
  • The cornea in aniridia: what have we learned from studies across Europe – Neil Lagali, Sweden
  • Future perspectives on limbal stem cells – J. Daniels/S. Ahmed, UK
  • Lay summary
  • Panel discussion / Questions and answers


  • Working together
    Roundtable with members of Aniridia NET and European Reference Network EYE.
    Current active projects and how to be involved.

Sunday 1 August

Morning 1 Early Career Scientists

  • Rapid fire presentations
    A variety of subjects by new researchers from around the world. £100 prize for the one judged the best.
    Speakers: to be announced
    Judges: Profs Tony Moore and Julie Daniels
    Prize funded and awarded by Prof Veronica.van Heyningen


Morning 2: Different perspectives

  • Ocular surface in aniridia – visual, perceptual and cosmetic discomfort- hopes and perspectives – Christina Grupcheva, Bulgaria
  • Perspective of a relative/scientist/doctor – Nikki Hall, UK
  • Nystagmus effects – Sue Rickkets, UK
  • Psychological impacts on patients and their family members – Galina Genning, Russia
  • Gene.Vision website & chatbot – Alex Yeong. Peter Thomas, UK


Afternoon 1: Aniridics Together

  • Life with aniridia – Rosalyn Fast, Canada
  • Annual General Meeting and Report, Aniridia Network UK 
  • Life with aniridia – Georgina Clements, UK


Aniridia Europe

Afternoon 2: Aniridia Europe

  • Erasmus+ Project “Looking out for a school for all
    Details of a teacher’s guidance on inclusion of visually impaired children, and app for early years visual stimulation
  • Achievements and Plans
    Who we are, what we have achieved, what we are involve people and create a community


  • International Young Aniridics Mentoring – Aaaron/Haya/Abbie


Afternoon 3: Building a supportive community

  • How patient groups have and should go about strengthening relationships and distributing information.
    Discussion for all, especially groups and representatives from under-represented countries, led by – national association leaders. Europe


  • International Young Aniridics Networking – Aaaron/Haya/Abbie
  • Retrospective and ideas – James Buller & Aniridia Spain
    Collective review of EAC, Aniridia Day & Rare Disease Day and suggestions for 2022+