Preliminary Programme

Thursday 29th

Onsite Registration


Session 1

Performing and Communicating Molecular Diagnostics

Coffee Break/Poster Session

Session 2

Clinical studies in gene therapy I

Lunch Break/Poster Session

Session 3

Stem Cells

Coffee Break/Poster Session

Franceschetti Medal & Lecture Paul Sieving, Bethesda, USA


Session 4

Substantiating Success in Treatment

Gala Dinner – Restaurant Heyligenstaedt


Friday 30th

Onsite Registration

Session 5

Clinical studies in gene therapy II

Coffee Break/Poster Session

Ellsworth Lecture Laurence Désjardins, Paris, France

Session 6

Precision Care for Retinoblastoma Children

Lunch Break/Poster Session

Session 7

Luxturna Therapy – Recent Developments

Excursion by Bus to Marburg
Gala Dinner – Rauischholzhausen Castle

Thursday 31st

Onsite Registration

Session 8

Secondary cancer and Survival in Retinoblastoma

Coffee Break/Poster Session

Session 9

Patients in focus

François- Lecture
Birgit Lorenz, Giessen, Germany

Lunch Break/Poster Session

Session 10

Free Papers

Coffee Break/Poster Session

Session 11

Gene and Cell based Therapies

End of Meeting

Das Lehr- und Dekanatsgebäude Alte Chemie auf dem Campusbereich Seltersberg/ Medizin. Foto: JLU-Pressestelle/ Rolf K. Wegst

Meeting Details

Abstract Submission

Opens April 15, 2019.
Deadline: June 2, 2019, midnight EST
Each participant can submit abstracts for up to 1 paper and 1 poster as first author. Abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee and ISGEDR officers.

Scientific Committee

Birgit Lorenz, Giessen, D
Francis Munier Lausanne, CH
Knut Stieger, Giessen, D
Walter Lisch, Hanau, D
Nikolaos Bechrakis, Essen, D
Elias Traboulsi Cleveland, USA
Brenda Gallie Toronto, CN
Markus Preising, Giessen, D
Dietmar Lohmann, Essen, D

Meeting Office

Department of Ophthalmology
Justus-Liebig University Giessen
Friedrichstr. 18, 35392 Giessen, Germany
Tel: +49-641-985-43837

Travel Grants and CME

Travel Grants

Travel grant application will open with the meeting registration on April 15, 2019. Travel grant application closes June 16, 2019.
The International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma will offer at least three (3) travel grants of $1500.00 and free registration at the meeting to applicants from developing countries and to select residents-in-training on the condition that they present a paper or poster at the meeting.
Applications will be reviewed by the scientific committee and the
winners will be notified by August 1, 2019.

Continuous Medical Education (CME)

Certification for CME credits is initiated with the State Medical Association of Hesse (LÄKH) and European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). 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.

Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

Public Transport Options

Transfer from Frankfurt (Main) Airport to

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 safe 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:


Hotel Accommodation

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