Ocular Genetics Update - Retinal Diseases (CME)

This course consists of 1 module, with a total of 8 sections.

Completion of this course is worth the following:

  • 3.75 ACCME AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit Hour(s)

Ocular Genetics Update: Retinal Diseases

 Recorded Saturday, February 25, 2017

Wills Eye Hospital, 840 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA (8th Floor Auditorium)

Jenina E. Capasso, MS, LCGC & Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc, FRCSC

Program Chairs

 Last Review Date - 2-25-2107

Conference Description:

This conference will update ophthalmologists and genetics professionals on the progress in diagnosing and treating genetic retinal diseases.  Clinical characterization and applications of the latest genetic testing methods to retinal diseases will be discussed.

At the conclusion of this conference, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the role of ocular genetics specialty in the management of hereditary eye diseases
  • Examine the impact of current gene testing options on diagnosis and the challenges of interpretation
  • Identify resources and current treatment options available for genetic retinal diseases
  • Discuss methods of treatment currently under investigation for genetic ocular disease

Wills Eye Faculty

Jenina E. Capasso, MS, LCGC

Allen Chiang, MD

Julia A. Haller, MD

Michael A. Klufas, MD

Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc, FRCSC

Marc J. Spirn, MD

Guest Faculty

Esther E. Biswas-Fiss, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences

University of Delaware

Accreditation Statement: 

Wills Eye Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
Wills Eye Hospital designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Genetic Counselor CEUs: The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) has authorized the Wills Eye Hospital to offer up to 0.33 CEUs or 3.33 Category 1 contact hours for the event Ocular Genetics Update: Retinal Diseases.  The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) will accept CEUs earned at this program for the purposes of genetic counselor certification and recertification.


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Course Content

Ocular Genetics Update - Retinal Diseases
What is Ocular Genetics (and Why)? - Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc, FRCSC
Genetic Testing Approach to Retinal Dystrophies - Jenina E. Capasso, MS, LCGC
Is This Gene Causing My Disease? - Esther E. Biswas-Fiss, PhD
Gene Therapy: Finally a Cure for Genetic Retinal Disease? - Julia A. Haller, MD
Retinal Chip Implantation: Bringing Light to Darkness - Allen Chiang, MD
Treatment for FEVR: Preventing Blindness in a Rare Disease - Marc J. Spirn, MD
Stem Cell Therapy for Stargardt and Age-Related Macular Degeneration - Michael Klufas, MD
Importance of Phenotyping: The Gateway to Treatment - Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc, FRCSC

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