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Apr 22, 2020

Foundation Fighting Blindness To Jointly Host Online Continuing Medical Education (CME, COPE) Webinar

The inaugural credit-based event will include education on inherited retinal diseases, physician resources, and current clinical trials.

Media Contact:
Cassandra Dump
Pascale Communications
cassy@pascalecommunications.com
619-971-1887

Organization Contact:
Chris Adams
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
cadams@fightingblindness.org
410-423-0585

COLUMBIA, Maryland – April 22, 2020 – The Foundation Fighting Blindness, the world’s leading private funding source for retinal degenerative disease research, has announced it will host its first ever continuing medical education (CME and COPE) event. The distance-learning course will be hosted on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm eastern time. The course will cover inherited retinal diseases (IRDs), Foundation resources, and current clinical trials. The course is designated for both ophthalmologists and optometrists and will be offered free of charge.

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) and their impact on patients.
  • Identify the benefits of IRD genetic testing, genetic counseling, and patient registries.
  • Review current clinical trials for emerging IRD therapies.

The course will be delivered by Jacque Duncan, MD, professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at University of California, San Francisco.

Ben Yerxa, PhD and chief executive officer of the Foundation noted, “We are always looking for new avenues to effectively communicate with our healthcare providers, in addition to evolving our available resources to continue to meet both their own needs and the needs of their patients.”

Event Details
Date: Monday, May 18th, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET
Credits: 1.0 CME or COPE credit*
Registration: Inherited Retinal Diseases Overview, Patient Resources, and Clinical Trials

* All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Additional Credit Information
CME Credit (Physicians):
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint efforts of CME Outfitters, LLC and Foundation Fighting Blindness. CME Outfitters, LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CME Outfitters, LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

COPE: This activity is COPE approved and worth 1.0 COPE credit. Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations must be completed online (requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (75% pass rate required). This website supports all browsers except Internet Explorer for Mac. For complete technical requirements and privacy policy, visit https://www.cmeoutfitters.com/privacy-and-confidentiality-policy.

About the Foundation
Fighting Blindness Established in 1971, the Foundation Fighting Blindness is the world’s leading private funding source for retinal degenerative disease research. The Foundation has raised more than $760 million toward its mission of accelerating research for preventing, treating, and curing blindness caused by the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases including: retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and Stargardt disease. Visit FightingBlindness.org for more information.