2019 ISGEDR Meeting – 29th to 31st August


Sektion Genetische Ophthalmologie
der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft

ISGEDR 2019 – Final Programme

You can download the ISGEDR 2019 – Final Programme in PDF form HERE

21st Meeting of the International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases & Retinoblastoma a joint Meeting with Section Genetics of the German Opthalmological Society (DOG)

Meeting Details

The meeting is sponsored by the International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma in association with the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG)

Course Description

The ISGEDR Meeting brings together researchers and clinicians interested in various aspects of ocular genetics to exchange and learn about the latest developments in the field. The meeting is comprised of presentations of original research by meeting participants, as well as plenary sessions and symposia addressing current topics by distinguished invited speakers. The meeting also features named lectureships given by world-renowned specialists in the field of ophthalmic genetics and retinoblastoma.

Target Audience

The meeting will cater for a variety of audiences including general ophthalmologists, pediatric ophthalmologists, retina specialists as well as residents-in-training. Genetic counselors with an interest in eye diseases will find it equally beneficial. Molecular geneticists who have an interest in ocular disease and researchers in the field will find it an excellent venue to present their work and learn about that of others. Ophthalmologists and oncologists who treat patients with retinoblastoma will find the meeting sessions well organized to discuss the latest in diagnosis and management of patients with this most common pediatric eye tumor.


At the end of the meeting the participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the latest advances in gene therapy of inherited eye diseases
  • Discern the differences between different current modalities of genetic testing
  • Decide on the appropriate therapy for different forms and stages of retinoblastoma
  • Detect the most prominent imaging features of inherited retinal diseases
  • Recognize newly defined forms of retinal disorders and other genetic diseases of the eye 

For more information, please contact the meeting office

PD Dr. Markus Preising

Scientific Programme

This is a Scientific Programme for the 2019 ISGEDR meeting

Thursday, 29th August

8.00 h


Onsite registration opens

8.30 h – 09.00 h




Prof. Dr. Birgit Lorenz

President of ISGEDR

Speaker of the Section Genetics of the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG)

Head and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Justus-Liebig University Giessen and University Medical Center Giessen and Marburg GmbH, Giessen Campus


Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee

President of the Justus-Liebig University Giessen

President elect of the Germany Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weidner

Dean of the Medical Faculty, Justus Liebig University, Giessen


Prof. Dr. Andreas Böning

Chief Medical Officer, University Medical Center Giessen and Marburg GmbH, Giessen Campus




09.00 h – 10.50 h

1. Session

Performing And Communicating Molecular Diagnostics

Chair: Hanno Bolz, David Mackey

09.00 h

Bolz, Hanno Jörn, Frankfurt, Germany

T01: NGS: Diagnostic opportunities and challenges of gene panel, whole-exome and whole-genome sequencing


Mackey, David,Subiaco, Australia

T02: Predictive testing in glaucoma

09.40 h

Capasso, Jenina,Philadelphia, USA

T03: We need more genetic counselors!

10.00 h

Arno, Gavin, London, United Kingdom

O01: Interrogation of the 100,000 genomes project ophthalmic disease cohort reveals novel genes, new associations and previously undetectable mutations

10.10 h

Debenedictis, Meghan,Cleveland, USA

O02: The value of CNV analysis for inherited retinal diseases

10.20 h

Hufnagel, Robert,Bethesda, USA

O03: Modeling gene constraint in disease populations for clinical molecular diagnostics

10.30 h

Kellner, Ulrich,Siegburg, Germany

O04: DNA testing in a series of 944 patients with inherited retinal dystrophies from a single german reference center

10.40 h

Wells, Kirsty, Helsinki, Finland

O05: Enhancing diagnostic performance in inherited retinal diseases through advances in high resolution copy number detection and RPGR ORF15 sequencing






Associated Posters


Lei, Bo, Zhengzhou, Henan, China

P01: Whole-exome sequencing identifies a novel homozygous missense variant in REEP6 in a retinitis pigmentosa patient complicated with macular hole


Pantrangi, Madhulatha,Marshfield, USA

P02: Shaping ‘PreventionGenetics’ comprehensive inherited retinal disorder panel for the clinical setting and to improve diagnostic yield


Chan, Choi Mun, Singapore, Singapore

P03: Genetic testing for macular dystrophies : The Singapore National Eye Centre experience




10.50 h – 11.20 h


Coffee Break



Poster Session




11.20 h – 13.00 h

2. Session

ClinicalStudies in Gene Therapy I

Chair: Francesca Simonelli, Juliana Sallum

11.20 h

Leroy, Bart P, Ghent,Belgium

T04: Safety & Efficacy of Antisense Oligonucleotide Therapy (QR-110) in LCA10 Patients with the c.2991+1655A>G Allele in CEP290

11.40 h

Sahel, José-Alain, Paris, France

T05: Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy: Gene Therapy for an Ultra-Orphan Blinding Disease






Phenotypes – Free Papers

Chair: Francesca Simonelli, Juliana Sallum

12.00 h

Brooks, Brian, Bethesda,USA

O06: Homozygous frameshift mutations in FAT1 cause a syndrome characterized by colobomatous-microphthalmia, ptosis, nephropathy and syndactyly

12.10 h

Escher, Pascal, Bern, Switzerland

O07: Molecular and cellular mechanisms in NR2E3-linked retinal degenerations

12.20 h

Grubich Atac, David, Schlieren, Switzerland

O08: ATOH7 loss-of-function mutations in a family with hypoplasia of the optic nerve

12.30 h

Munier, Francis,Lausanne, Switzerland

O09: Prevention of intravitreal melphalan-induced chorioretinopathy: identification of potential risk factors.

12.40 h

Ruddle, Jonathan,Parkville, Australia

O10: The genetic and clinical landscape of nanophthalmos in an Australian cohort

12.50 h

Chaudhuri, Zia, Delhi, India

O11: Pedigree analysis of familial primary concomitant horizontal strabismus in a South Asian population






Associated Posters


Abdel-Rahman, Mohamed,Columbus, USA

P04: Assessment of the clinical phenotype of BAP1germline whole gene and large deletions


Branham, Kari, Ann Arbor, USA

P05: Suspicion for ABCA4-related retinal dystrophy: Clues beyond the typical Stargardt Phenotype


Bryjova, Barbara,Giessen, Germany

P06: Misinterpretation of an OMD phenotype from a common sequence variation in RP1L1 in a family with multiple sclerosis


Ehrenberg, Miriam, Petach Tikva, Israel

P07: Double struggle


Everett, Lesley, San Francisco, USA

P08: Ocular findings in two patients with vascular smooth muscle myopathy secondary to ACTA2 mutations


Ibanez Iv, Manuel Benjamin, Philadelphia, USA

P09: Stargardt misdiagnosis: How ocular genetics helps


Kameya, Shuhei, Inzai, Japan

P10: A novel homozygous in-frame deletion of GNAT1 gene cause golden discolouration of the fundus and reduced dark-adapted ERG similar to that of Oguchi disease in a Japanese family


Majander, Anna, Helsinki, Finland

P11: Clinical characteristics of early onset retinal dystrophy in association with the TULP1 c.148delG mutation


Mauring, Laura,Strasbourg, France

P12: Alström syndrome with atypical retinal dystrophy and inheritance


Prasov, Lev, Flint, USA

P13: Clinical and genetic features of Jalilli syndrome in a North American patient cohort


Starosta, Daniela Aneta, Giessen, Germany

P14: Phenotype in five related patients with isolated optic nerve atrophy associated with a heterozygous mutation in the spastic paraplegia gene 7.




13.00 h – 14.30 h


Lunch Break



Poster Session




14.30 h – 15.50 h

3. Session

Stem Cells

Chair: Mike Karl, Eyal Banin

14.30 h

Bachmann, Björn, Cologne,Germany

T06: Treatment options for limbal stem cell deficiency in inhereted eye diseases

14.50 h

Karl, Mike, Dresden, Germany

T07: Towards modeling of neuronal and glial pathologies in retinal organoids

15.10 h

Banin, Eyal, Jerusalem, Israel

T08: Derivation of RPE cells from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs): The journey from basic research to clinical application

15.30 h

Battu, Rajani, Bangalore, India

O12: Differentiation and characterization of RPE from hiPSC and its subretinal transplantation in RCS rats

15.40 h

Galardi, Angela,Rome, Italy

O13: Proteomics profiling of retinoblastoma derived exosomes




15.50 h – 16.20 h


Coffee Break



Poster Session




16.20 h – 17.05 h


Franceschetti Medal & Lecture

16.20 h

Albert Franceschetti, Lausanne, Switzerland

Introduction to the Franceschetti Medal & Lecture

16.35 h

Sieving, Paul, Bethesda,USA

L1: Clinical features and molecular basis of X-linked retinoschisis: From mechanism to therapy.




17.05 h – 18.35 h

4. Session

Biomarkers for Substantiating Success in Treatment

Chair: Tomas Aleman, Michael Hoffmann

17.05 h

Aleman, Tomas, Philadelphia,USA

T09: AAV2-hCHM subretinal delivery to the macula in choroideremia: performance of outcome measures

17.25 h

Hoffmann, Michael,Magdeburg, Germany

T10: Plasticity and its limits – Cortical visual field representations in achromatopsia

17.45 h

Gocho, Kiyoko, Inzai, Japan

T11: High-resolution retinal  imaging analysis in female carriers of choroideremia

18.05 h

Lima de Carvalho Jr, Jose Ronaldo,Recife, Brazil

O14: Multimodal imaging of patients with Best Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy (BVMD): a 4-year follow-up study.

18.15 h

Sallum, Juliana, Sao Paulo, Brazil

O15: Characterization of the Brazilian ARSACS phenotype: clinical, ophthalmological, neuroimaging, and genetic features of fourteen cases

18.25 h

Studer, Fouzia,Strasbourg, France

O16: Retinal implantation with Argus II artificial retina in 3 patients with Bardet-Biedl syndrome






Associated Posters


Tanrikulu, Özgün,Giessen, Germany

P15: Analysis of outer retinal layer alterations in patients with RPE65deficiency using Optical Coherence Tomography A-Scan-Analysis




19.30 h


Gala Dinner



Restaurant Heyligenstaedt, Aulweg 41, 35392 Gießen

Friday, 30th August

8.00 h


Onsite Registration




8.30 h – 10.00 h

5. Session

Luxturna Therapy – Recent Developments

Chair: Stephen Russell, Paul Sieving

08.30 h

Leroy, Bart P, Ghent, Belgium

T12: voretigene neparvovec for RPE65-related inherited retinal dystrophies: The Philadelphia Experience

08.45 h

Drack, Arlene, Iowa City, USA

T13a: How long does gene therapy last?  4 Year followup and adult versus pediatric outcomes of phase 3 voretigene neparvovec trial in RPE65–associated LCA/inherited retinal disease



T13b: Electrophysiology following subretinal treatment with voretigene neparvovec (Luxturna)

09.00 h

Simonelli, Francesca,Naples, Italy

T14: Our experience with gene therapy approaches for RPE65 inherited retinal diseases

09.15 h

Lorenz, Birgit,Giessen, Germany

T15: Country specific problems to get started with EMA-approved gene therapy with Luxturna

09.30 h

Chung, Daniel C., Philadelphia, USA

T16: The post-authorization safety study of voretigene neparvovec-rzyl

09.45 h


Panel Discussion




10.00 h – 10.30 h


Coffee Break



Poster Session




10.30 h – 11.15 h


Ellsworth Lecture

10.30 h

Francis Munier, Lausanne, Switzerland

Introduction to Ellsworth Lecture

10.45 h

Desjardins, Laurence,Rochefort En Yvelines, France

L2: Retinoblastoma around the world in 2019




11.15 h – 13.25 h

6. Session

Precision Care for Children with Retinoblastoma

Chair: Brenda Gallie, Dietmar Lohmann

11.15 h

Di Giannatale, Angela,Rome, Italy

T17: Proteomics for biomarker identification in retinoblastoma liquid biopsy

11.35 h

Cole, Trevor, Birmingham, United Kingdom

T18: The current and future role of cell free DNA analysis in the management of retinoblastoma.

11.55 h

Gallie, Brenda,Toronto, Canada

T19: Disruptive innovations to reach precision retinoblastoma care

12.15 h

Soliman, Sameh,Toronto, Canada

T20: Optimizing focal laser photocoagulation therapy for retinoblastoma

12.35 h

Everett, Lesley, San Francisco, USA

O17: Retinoblastoma treatment in the age of intra-vitreal and intra-arterial chemotherapy: the UCSF experience

12.45 h

De Jong, Marcus,Amsterdam, Netherlands

O18: Screening for pineal trilateral retinoblastoma revisited: a meta-analysis

12.55 h

Menges, Julia, Essen, Germany

O19: A human organoid-based model for retinoblastoma

13.05 h

Tsygankov, Alexander,Moscow, Russian Federation

O20: New retinoblastoma cell culture establishment and drug resistance assessment

13.15 h

White, Jaclyn, Clayfield, Australia

O21: Delay in the diagnosis of retinoblastoma: the role of parents and practitioners






Associated Posters


Hattori, Hiroyoshi,Nagoya, Japan

P16: Bilateral retinoblastoma with 13q-syndrome in a patient carrying an X;13 balanced translocation without rearrangement of the RB1 gene




13.25 h – 14.05h


Lunch Break



Poster Session




14.05 h – 14.45 h

7. Session

Clinical Studies in Gene Therapy II

Chair: Birgit Lorenz, Bart Leroy

14.05 h

MacLaren, Robert,Oxford, UK

T21: Gene therapy for X-linked retinitis pigmentosa caused by mutations in RPGR

14.25 h

Russell, Stephen, Iowa City, USA

T22: Surgical challenges and outcomes with voretigene neparvovec (Luxturna)



Treatment-associated Posters


Alfarsi, Ammar,Muscat, Oman

P17: Intravitreal ranibizumab (Lucentis®) in the treatment of non-leaking macular cysts in retinal dystrophy


Andrassi-Darida, Monika, Giessen, Germany

P18: Laser photocoagulation for hemorrhagic retinopathy in a newborn with Norrie disease


Cui, Xuan, New York, USA

P19: Enhancing glycolytic metabolism with gene therapy and a small molecule drug attenuates neurodegeneration


Reschke, Madlen,Essen, Germany

P20: Individual treatment of an infant with severe conjunctivitis lignosa (CL) and other systemic manifestations of plasminogen deficiency, caused by a compound mutation of the PLG gene




15.00 h


Excursion by bus







19.30 h


Gala Dinner



Schloß Rauischholzhausen, Ebsdorfer Grund

Approx. 23.00 h


Return to Giessen

Saturday, 31st August

8.00 h


ISGEDR General assembly




9.00 h – 10.30 h

8. Session

Secondary Cancer and Survival in Retinoblastoma

Chair: Petra Ketteler, Ashwin Reddy

09.00 h

Ketteler, Petra, Essen,Germany

T23: The Impact of the Type Of Predisposing RB1Variants on the Incidence of Malignancies

09.20 h

Moll, Annette, Amsterdam, Netherlands

T24:Retinoblastoma and second primary malignancies: a Dutch overview and update

09.40 h

Lohmann, Dietmar,Essen, Germany

O22: Understanding and predicting tumor risk in heritable retinoblastoma

09.50 h

Abdel-Rahman, Mohamed,Columbus, USA

O23: Study of genetic predisposition to uveal melanoma

10.00 h

Reddy, M. Ashwin, London, United Kingdom

O24: Prognostic information for mosaic and high penetrant carriers of RB1 mutations

10.10 h

Shah, Parag, Coimbatore, India

O25: Outcomes of RB1 gene testing from blood samples of 113 retinoblastoma survivors and their families (398 in total) collected on a single day at Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore, India.

10.20 h

van Hoefen Wijsard, Milo, Amsterdam, Netherlands

O26: Type of RB1mutation and age at diagnosis of familial retinoblastoma screened from birth.






Associated Posters


Janic, Ana, Toronto, Canada

P21: Patient-reported outcome measures for retinoblastoma: A scoping review


Jansen, Robin,Amsterdam, Netherlands

P22: Should postlaminar optic nerve tumor invasion into the outer layers be considered a risk-factor for leptomeningeal spread of retinoblastoma? A case report and review of the literature


Saakyan, Svetlana,Moscow, Russian Federation

P23: Long-term follow-up after retinoblastoma: secondary malignancy.




10.30 h – 11.00 h


Coffee Break



Poster Session




11.00 h – 12.30 h

9. Session

Patients in Focus

Chairs: Christina Fasser, Helene Dollfus

11.00 h

Dollfus, Helene,Strasbourg, France

T25: What could be the EYE-EYE role in rare eye diseases care in Europe?

11.15 h

Fujinami, Kaoru,Toyko, Japan

T26: Clinical and genetic characteristics of East Asian patients with inherited retinal disorders

11.30 h

Dimaras, Helen,Toronto, Canada

T27: Achieving meaningful patient research partnership: development of the Canadian Retinoblastoma Research Advisory Board

11.45 h

Gallie, Brenda,Toronto, Canada

T28: DEPICT HEALTH “full view for life” for circle of care including families will empower research

11.55 h

Badura, Franz,Amberg, Germany

T29: The PRO RETINA patient registry

12.05 h

Fasser, Christina,Zürich, Switzerland

T30: Leave no one behind –Patient’s perspective

12.15 h


Panel Discussion






Associated Posters


Escher, Pascal, Bern,Switzerland

P24: The Swiss Registry of Rare Eye Diseases


Nanos, Stephanie, Toronto, Canada

P25: The Canadian Retinoblastoma Research Registry


Ristevski, Ivana,Toronto, Canada

P26: The top 10 retinoblastoma research priorities in canada as determined by patients, clinicians and researchers




12.30 h – 13.15 h



12.30 h

Bart Leroy, Ghent, Belgium

Introduction to the François-Lecture

12.45 h

Lorenz, Birgit, Giessen,Germany

L3: Biomarkers in IRDs: scientifically valid – clinically relevant




13.15 h – 14.00 h


Lunch Break



Poster Session



Microphthalmia – Anophthalmia – Coloboma – Developmental Failures


Bacci, Giacomo, Firenze, Italy

P27: Novel mutations in MFRPand PRSS56 genes associated to posterior microphthalmos


Balikova, Irina, Gent, Belgium

P28: Mendeliome in patients with microphthalmia, anophthalmia and coloboma – results and challenges


Friedburg, Christoph,Giessen, Germany

P29: Early onset severe retinal dystrophy with irido-chorioretinal coloboma with optic disc dysplasia and macular hypoplasia in one eye due to a heterozygous GDF6-mutation


Pfäffli, Oliver,Zürich, Switzerland

P30: Genotype phenotype correlation in a case series of nanophthalmos


Ramzan, Khushnooda,Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

P31: Novel phenotype-genotype correlation with PEX6 gene in Saudi patients with Heimler syndrome


Takitani, Guilherme,São Paulo – Sp, Brazil

P32: Microcephaly and chorioretinopathy associated with TUBGCP4 mutation




14.00 h – 15.00 h

10. Session

Understanding Treatment Effects from Natural History Studies

Chair: Elias Traboulsi, Hendrik Scholl

14.00 h

Scholl, Hendrik, basel, Switzerland,Switzerland

T31: Natural history of the progression of atrophy secondary to Stargardt disease (ProgStar) study

14.20 h

Hahn, Leo, Amsterdam, Netherlands

O27: Long-term follow-up, phenotypic and genetic spectrum of patients with juvenile X-linked retinoschisis in the Netherlands

14.30 h

Nguyen, Xuan-Thanh-An, Leiden, Netherlands

O28: The disease course of rhodopsin (RHO)-associated retinitis pigmentosa (RP): a follow-up study

14.40 h

Senatore, Alfonso,Durham, USA

O29: “Further evaluation of a simple perimetric approach to the differential diagnosis between blue cone monochromacy (BCM) and achromatopsia (ACHM)”

14.50 h

Testa, Francesco, Napoli, Italy

O30: Longitudinal natural history study in patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa in preparation for gene therapy clinical trials




15.00 h – 15.30 h


Coffee Break



Poster Session





Hosono, Katsuhiro, Hamamatsu,Japan

P33: A case of childhood glaucoma with a combined partial monosomy 6p25 and partial trisomy 18p11 due to an unbalanced translocation


Lang, Elena, Zurich, Switzerland

P34: Genotypic and phenotypic characterization of childhood glaucoma


Naruse, Sho, Kitakyushu City, Japan

P35: Development of glaucoma after early cataract surgery in case of oculo-facio-cardio-dental syndrome


Pisuchpen, Phattrawan,Philadelphia, USA

P36: The Robison D. Harley, MD Childhood Glaucoma Research Network (CGRN) International Pediatric Glaucoma Registry






Foveal Hypoplasia


Chaudhuri, Zia, New Delhi, India

P37: Novel variant in SLC38A8 gene segregating with foveal hypoplasia in an autosomal recessive South Asian family


Dumitrescu, Alina, Iowa City, USA

P38: Genotype-Phenotype Correlation in Patients with Albinism


Kondo, Hiroyuki, Kitakyushu, Japan

P39: Correlation between genotype-phenotype in patients with autosomal dominant idiopathic foveal hypoplasia associated with PAX6 mutations


Kröll-Hermi, Ariane,Strasbourg, France

P40: Zebrafish, as a useful model to validate human eye candidate diseases genes.




15.30 h – 16.50 h

11. Session

Gene and Cell based Therapies

Chair: Knut Stieger, Volker Busskamp

15.30 h

Ader, Marius, Dresden, Germany

T32: Photoreceptor transplantation into the mammalian retina

15.50 h

Stieger, Knut, Giessen, Germany

T33: DNA repair mechanisms in photoreceptors

16.10 h

Busskamp, Volker,Dresden, Germany

T34: Forward programming of human stem cells to photoreceptors

16.30 h

Müller, Brigitte,Giessen, Germany

O31: DNA repair after ISce-I mediated DSB in photoreceptors and RPE cells following AAV mediated gene transfer in vivo

16.40 h

Wimmer, Tobias,Giessen, Germany

O32: A bioluminescence resonance energy transfer based sensor for the precise determination of non-homologous end joining DNA repair events






Associated Posters


Weller, Maria, Giessen,Germany

P42: First steps to a MMEJ genome editing approach correcting CLN3/Cln3deltaEx7/8




16.50 h



17.00 h


End of conference

General Information

General Information

This course is accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) by the Landesärztekammer Hessen (LÄKH) and the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).

In keeping with CMA Guidelines, program content and selection of speakers are the responsibility of the planning committee. Support is directed toward the costs of the course and not to individual speakers.


The 2019 ISGEDR conference will be held in Giessen, Germany. Giessen is a regional centre of Middle Hesse located in the center of Germany. One can easily walk from the conference venue located close to the downtown area to many historical sites, hotels, restaurants, and the shopping area. The main station is at 10 min walking distance.

Learn more about Giessen and all it has to offer by clicking here.

The conference will be held at Justus-Liebig University in the great lecture hall of the Faculty of Medicine inside the newly refurbished teaching building (Klinikstrasse 29).

Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

Social Programme

Thursday 29th

Friday 30th

The Gala Dinner will be on August 29, and held in the former machine house of the Heyligenstaedt Company (Aulweg 41).


On August 30, an excursion to Marburg is scheduled. Marburg is a medievial town with a renonwed university. The participants will be guided through the old town and to the castle of the landgrave. 

The day closes with a Gala Dinner in Rauischholzhausen Castle a country estate built in the late 19th century. Rauischholzhausen castle is nowadays conference venue of the Justus-Liebig-University.

ISGEDR Membership and Registration Form

Meeting Sponsors

Meeting Supporter

This 2019 ISGEDR meeting is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)


The content of this meeting is independent of commercial interests.

Any conflict of interest by the scientific organizers or the presenters will be disclosed in the related presentations, in the meeting proceedings, and on the meeting website.

The International Society for Genetic Eye Disease & Retinoblastoma in addition wishes to thank the following sponsors who have generously supported the 2019 ISGEDR Meeting:

Platinum Sponsor*

Gold Sponsors*

*Sponsor Support: Gold €1000-€2000, Platinum €2000+



The following is a list of a few hotels that can be found in the downtown area. We have not negotiated set rates for our conference. The selected a hotels are located in walking distance to the conference venue or easy to reach by bus. Close distance hotels are not necessarily the best choice but acceptable. Giessen Tourist Board will be happy to assist you and online booking agencies provide ratings for your decision. Prices are approximate single room rates per night. All prices in Germany include taxes. Tips are welcome but are a gesture of appreciation and not mandatory like in the US.

Hotel Tandreas

Parkhotel Sletz

Hotel Alt Gießen

Hotel am Ludwigsplatz

Parkhotel Friedrichstrasse

Hotel Steinsgarten

Hotel Name and Website

Location, Room Details and Distance

1. Parkhotel Friedrichstrasse 


Friedrichstrasse 1-3, 35392 Gießen
30 rooms – 95 EUR / night
0,4 km

Aulweg 41, 35392 Gießen
20 rooms – 120 EUR / night
1.6 km 

Westanlage 30-32, 35390 Gießen
33 rooms – 90 EUR / night
1.7 km

Hein-Heckroth-Straße 20, 35390 Gießen
123 rooms – 125 EUR / night
2 km 

5. Hotel am Ludwigsplatz

Ludwigsplatz 8, 35390 Gießen
37 rooms – 85 EUR / night
2 km

Wolfstraße 26, 35394 Gießen
20 rooms – 105 EUR / night
2.5 km
Bus line 1 – (Busstop: Wolfstrasse) destination Lützelinden
drop off Klinikstrasse, 5 min walk to venue

7. Hotel Tandreas

Licher Str. 55, 35394 Gießen
20 rooms – 119 EUR / night
2.5 km
Bus line 2 – (Busstop Lutherberg) destination Bahnhof
drop off Central station (Bahnhof), 10 min walk to venue

8. Residenz Hotel Gießen

Wiesecker Weg 12, 35396 Gießen
33 rooms – 90 EUR / night
3.3 km
Bus line 5, 371 – (Busstop Wiesecker Weg) destination Bahnhof
drop off Central station (Bahnhof), 10 min walk to venue

Hotels (blue pins)

Events (red pins)

Conference Site (CS)
Teaching Building of the Medical Faculty of Justus-Liebig University
Klinikstrasse 29, 35392 Gießen, Germany

Gala Dinner (GD)
Thursday August 29, 2019
Restaurant Heyligenstaedt, Aulweg 41, 35392 Gießen, Germany

Gala Dinner
Friday August 30, 2019
Rauischholzhausen Castle, Schlosspark 1, 35085 Ebsdorfergrund, Germany

How to reach the meeting venue?

Transfer from Frankfurt (Main) Airport to Giessen

By Train – Deutsche Bahn AG

Take the commuter train (S8 / S9) from Frankfurt Airport (Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Local Trains) to Frankfurt Central Station (Frankfurt (Main) Hbf). Avoid ICE, IC trains and save money.

Change to Regional Express (RE, RB) trains from Frankfurt Central Station (Frankfurt (Main) Hbf) to Giessen Central Station
Online Search is available by Deutsche Bahn:
Duration: 70 – 100 minutes | Ticket cost (adults): 16.00 € (single, all way to Giessen)

Note: Train tickets can be purchased at the ticket dispensers on track and online 

By Taxi
with a taximeter are permanently available in front of the arrivals hall. Licensed taxis are beige and have a black and yellow sign “TAXI” on the top.
Duration: ± 44 minutes | Estimated cost: ±133 €
Mini Cars (
available by appointment only)
Star Taxi-Minicar Tel: +49-641-33 33
Lahn City Car +49-641-82082
Fares on request, about 50% of taxi costs (Contact forms in German only)

Transfer from Giessen Central Station to Conference Venue


The venue is in 10 minute walking distance from the central station. Step out of the main entrance of the station, cross the bridge left hand and follow the street (Friedrichstrasse) passing the traffic lights (Frankfurter Strasse). Turn right at the bar protected gate and follow the street straight ahead by passing the Department of Ophthalmology (left side) straight through to next intersecting street (Klinikstrasse) by finally passing the venue (left side).

By Taxi


Taxis with a taximeter are available in front of Giessen Central Station. Duration: ± 5 – 15 minutes | Estimated cost: ±5 €

Taxi costs depend on the closing of the rail road crossing the taxi needs to cross on its way to the venue.

Travelling By Car?

Main Autobahn/Motorway Routes: