Chapter Events and Presentations

Orlando Chapter Fall Speaker Series

Saturday, September 14th, 2019, 9:30 am – 12:00 PM

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AdventHealth Altamonte Springs Family Resource Center

651 East Altamonte Drive

Altamonte Springs, FL 32701


Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested.


This September we will take a deep dive into the most current research. Dr. Amy Laster from the  Foundation Fighting Blindness  will be presenting on Foundation-funded research and  Dr. John Ash  from the University of Florida will lead a fireside discussion regarding research and clinical trials. Additional details are below. Please email Shane Cullen at or call 866-782-7330 to RSVP by Wednesday, September 11th.  

Topic 1: The Latest in Research and Clinical Trials
Amy Laster, PhD
Senior Director, Grants and Awards Program
Foundation Fighting Blindness

With over 30 clinicial trials underway or in the process of being launched, research for inherited retinal degenerative diseases is taking off. Dr. Amy Laster will be sharing the latest in Foundation funded research, with a focus on clinical trial updates.

Topic 2: Fireside Discussion
John Ash, PhD
Francis M. Bullard Eminent Scholar Chair in Ophthalmic Sciences
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
College of Medicine, University of Florida

Dr. Ash has focused on both understanding the cause of blindness due to retinal degeneration and developing therapies to prevent loss of sight. His research looks at mechanisms of retinal degeneration and neuroprotection, with a focus on degeneration of photoreceptors and the RPE. His most recent studies have shown the important contribution of endogenously expressed cytokines such as leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF).  Dr. Ash serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Foundation Fighting Blindness and was recently appointed as chair of their Novel Medical Therapies grant review committee.

RSVP: or call 866-782-7330. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested.

Parking: Parking is available in the parking garage next to the Family Resource Center as well as in the parking lot that spans the Dunkin Donuts and the Family Resource Center buildings