Meet top level ERN-EYE speakers and rare eye disease experts online

November 24, 2021

ERN-EYE is a European Reference Network dedicated to rare eye diseases, the leading cause of visual impairment and blindness for children and young adults in Europe. There are more than 900 rare eye diseases from the most prevalent such as retinitis pigmentosa to some very rare entities described only once or twice in medical literature.

ERN-EYE is holding its scientific meeting in Dublin this week, and some top-level speakers including Professor Hélène Dollfus, Dr Bart Leroy and Professor Elfride de Baere will now be available for an online public engagement day this Saturday, 27 November from 12 noon. Hosted by Professor David Keegan; this event will afford attendees the opportunity to ask questions about the latest advances and technologies in the field. It is envisaged that the meeting will end around 1.30pm.


Fighting Blindness would like to invite you to this unmissable opportunity. If you wish to attend please click to register here.

Speaker Biographies

Professor David Keegan

Professor David Keegan PhD FRCOphth FRCSI(Oph) is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Retina (University College Dublin), Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon (Mater University and Mater Private Hospitals)and Honorary Consultant  (Temple Street Children’s University Hospital). He is also a board member of Fighting Blindness and host of the public engagement event of 27 November 2021.

Professor Hélène Dollfus

Professor Hélène Dollfus trained in Strasbourg, Paris and London and is a medical doctor specialising in ophthalmology as well as medical genetics. She is a professor and a consultant in medical genetics at the Strasbourg University Hospital (HUS) where she is the head of the medical genetics department.

Professor Dollfus is the coordinator of ERN-EYE and will speak about the network and her work into the genetics of rare eye diseases.

Dr Bart Leroy

Dr Bart Leroy, MD, PhD is an ophthalmologist and clinical geneticist from Belgium. He has a joint appointment at Ghent University Hospital, Ghent University and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr Leroy’s clinical focus is diagnosis and treatment of patients with inherited retinal and eye diseases including Leber congenital amaurosis, Stargardt disease, retinitis pigmentosa, and various other genetic syndromes and anomalies.

Dr Leroy’s main focus of research is ophthalmic genetics, genotype-phenotype studies and genetic therapy for retinal dystrophies. He is involved in several genetic therapy clinical trials for inherited retinal diseases.

Dr Leroy will speak about his research work including gene therapies and clinical trials he is involved in.

Professor Elfride de Baere

Professor de Baere is Full Professor at Ghent University, Senior Clinical Investigator of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and Head of Clinic at the CMGG at the Ghent University Hospital. She leads the Ophthalmic and Developmental Genetics Unit of Ghent University.

Professor de Baere runs a diagnostic lab offering genetic testing for rare eye diseases and a research team dealing with ophthalmic genetics. Professor de Baere will talk about her work on the genetics of rare eye diseases.