Genetics and Genomics of Eye Disease HMS Course

Course Description: The objective of this course is to identify recent advances in the genetics and genomics of inherited eye disease and how this information can impact the care of affected patients and their families. Through didactic lectures with question and answer sessions, up-to-date information on disease-causing genes, gene-based tests and gene-based therapies will be provided. Presentations will include information on risk factors for common complex eye disorders such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy as well as disorders caused by highly penetrant mutations such as inherited retinal degenerations, optic atrophy and strabismus. New methodologies for gene-based testing and gene-based therapeutics as well as ethnical issues related to gene testing and genetic counseling for eye disorders will be discussed. This course is intended for geneticists, ophthalmologists, genetic counselors, researchers and others interested in the genetics and genomics of eye disease.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify patients with inherited eye disease who could benefit from gene-based testing
  • Recognize patients with inherited eye disease that could be treated with gene-based therapies
  • Integrate genomic data on common ocular disorders into their care of patients

Who Should Attend: Physicians, Researchers (PhDs), Genetic Counselors

Date: 10/21/2013 - 10/21/2013

Location: The Starr Center, Charles River Plaza, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114

Director(s): Elizabeth Engle, MD|Eric A. Pierce, MD, PhD|Luk Vandenberghe, Ph.D.|Janey Wiggs, MD, PhD

Offered By: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Department of Ophthalmology.

Course #: 03314615

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