Join us for our free Research webinar with guest speaker Ben Shaberman, Foundation Fighting Blindness

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Date(s) - 28/06/2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Fighting Blindness is delighted to host an online webinar with Ben Shaberman, Foundation Fighting Blindness and Dr Rachel Bermingham, Fighting Blindness. 

We are delighted to be able to bring the knowledge and experience of Ben Shaberman, Vice President, Science Communications, Foundation Fighting Blindness and Dr Rachel Bermingham,  Research Manager with Fighting Blindness to you in a webinar we are hosting on June 28, 2023.

Ben has been communicating retinal disease science and research for Foundation Fighting Blindness for nearly 18 years and is a regular contributor to our Retina conference. Dr. Bermingham has a strong interest in Public and Patient Involvement in research and research impact in her role as Research Manager with Fighting Blindness.

Webinar date:

The webinar will take place on June 28, 2023 at 5pm-6pm.


The webinar will cover two topics:

  • Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) and the VIP Network
  • Research and clinical updates on Inherited Retinal Diseases (IRDs) and AMD.

A collage poster including two images on a blue background. Image on left is a close up image of Ben Shaberman. Image on the right is of Dr Rachel Bermingham. Text: Free Webinar. Speakers: Ben Shaberman Foundation Fighting Blindness. Dr Rachel Bermingham Fighting Blindness. WEdnesday 28 June 2023. 5-6pm. Registration required:


The platform we are using for the webinar is Zoom. Registration is required in order to access this event. Please register here or by clicking on the below link:

Questions for speakers:

Please submit any questions for the speakers ahead of the webinar to The deadline for questions is Monday 26th June.

About our speakers:

Ben Shaberman:

Image of Ben Shaberman.

Ben has been communicating retinal disease science and research for Foundation Fighting Blindness for nearly 18 years. He presents the latest news on emerging therapies at local and national events for patients and families and conducts a variety of science education activities for staff and constituents.

Ben hosts the Eye on the Cure podcast series which is available on most major podcast platforms. In addition, he reports on the latest research advancements for the Foundation’s electronic and print publications.

Ben also enjoys working with constituents one-on-one to help them understand their retinal disease and the research underway that may benefit them.

Dr. Rachel Bermingham:

Rachel Bermingham
Dr Rachel Bermingam

Dr Rachel Bermingham has a biomedical research background, having undertaken her degree in Microbiology and PhD in Immunology at Trinity College Dublin. Rachel also holds an MSc in Immunology and Global Health from NUI Maynooth.

After completing her PhD, Rachel joined the Research Department at the Irish Cancer Society in July 2016 before moving to the role of Research Manager at Fighting Blindness in April 2021. In her role, she is responsible for the implementation of the research strategic plan and the coordination of all funded projects and events. She works closely with the clinical and academic community as part of the Target 5000 programme, which provides a clinical and genetic diagnosis to everyone in Ireland with an inherited retinal degeneration.

Rachel is particularly interested in translating research into patient benefit and involving patients and the public in all stages of research.