The UK Eye Genetics Group was set up in 2002 for ophthalmic clinicians and clinical geneticists with a specialist interest and expertise in ophthalmic genetics, to keep up to date in the field of clinical ophthalmic genetics which is a rapidly evolving specialty.
UK-EGG Conference – Glasgow – 8th November 2019
2019 Glasgow UK-EGG Annual Meeting Report
The 2019 UK-EGG annual meeting was held in Glasgow on 8th November 2019. 57 people attended and we received overwhelmingly positive feedback about the overall content of the sessions and the overall organisation of the meeting (more than 76% of you thought these were “excellent”). Many of you commented on the interesting variety of talks, and the high quality of presentations across the board. We were also pleased to hear that you enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of the meeting, and thought that the venue and catering were excellent.
We improved poster presentations on last year (35% of you thought these were just “adequate” or “good”, compared to 61% last year) but we will continue to strive to improve this for next year. In order to display more posters and have more free papers we need more abstract submissions so we would urge you to send abstracts and unusual or unsolved clinical cases in good time. Congratulations to our two winners of the prizes for the best free paper (Siying Lin) and poster (Chloe Stanton) – see photos below. Look out for details of the posters and free papers on the education webpage in the coming weeks.
In response to feedback we will improve the online registration process next year, including advertising more widely and providing clearer directions to the venue. We will also strive to reduce plastic waste, and provide re-usable cups next year. Finally, we will introduce timers for speakers and better microphones for speakers and audience next year.
Our 2019 Keynote speaker, Professor Veronica van Heyningen gave an excellent talk on ‘Disease to genes and biology: PAX6 and progress’ highlighting the significant improvements in both knowledge and genetic techniques over the last 30 years. The patient perspective session was particularly well-received this year, with Andrew Pettigrew entertaining us with a selection of his poems, as well as sharing with us his experience of living with a visual impairment. Our aim will be to include a patient perspective in the meeting programme where possible. It serves as a great reminder of why we have chosen to work in this area of ophthalmology.
Building on the success of last year, a specific session was set aside for genetic counsellors and nurses in genetic ophthalmology, in addition to an informal lunchtime meeting for this group of professionals. Presentations were recorded with permission from the speakers and these will be available to members only at https://ukegg.com Check your email for the password. Should you wish to propose a future Keynote speaker, or have any suggestion for the 2020 meeting, please let one of the committee members know.
We welcomed new members to the Executive: Denize Atan and Mariya Moosajee as joint Chairs of UKEGG, and Gabrielle Wheway as Secretary and thanked the departing members for all their hard work over the years: Amanda Churchill (Chair), Stuart Ingram (Secretary) and Daniela Pilz (Meeting Organiser). Georgina Hall will be stepping down as Treasurer in February 2020 and replaced by Carmel Toomes.
UK-EGG would like to say a huge thank you to Daniela and everyone at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow for such a fantastic job organising and hosting the meeting, and to Geoff Cross for providing AV services. And of course thank you to our members and attendees!
We look forward to seeing you in London on Tuesday, November 24th, 2020!
Amanda Churchill and Gabrielle Wheway
QEU Hospital Glasgow Site Map
Registration is OPEN!
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2019 MEETING IS OPEN!
The 2019 meeting will be held in the Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) located within
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow on Friday, 8th November.
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the November meeting!
Scientific Programme UK-EGG Annual Meeting and Conference
8th November, 2019, Glasgow
Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE), Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow
Session 1: Clinical – Chair: Daniela Pilz
David Gilmour – The Spectrum of Inerited Retinal Vasculopathies
Andrew Blaikie – The Genetics of Childhood Visual Impairment in Scotland
Baljean Dhillon – Late-onset Inherited Retinal Disease
Session 2: Free Paper Session and Interesting Cases – Chair: Carmel Toomes
Omar Mahroo – The importance of an open mind: two examples of re-evaluation of inherited retinal disease patients leading to revision of the published molecular diagnosis
Siying Lin – Consolidating biallelic SDHD mutations as a cause for mitochondrial complex II deficiency
Mark Simcoe – The Genetics of Pigmentary Glaucoma
Samar Yahya – Haploinsufficiency due to heterozygous deletion of CRX causes late-onset retinal disesase
Keynote Lecture – Chair: Amanda Churchill
Veronica van Heyningen – Disease to Genes and Biology: PAX6 and Progress
LUNCH AND POSTER VIEWING
Genetic Counsellors to meet – venue to be confirmed
Session 3: Scientific/Research/emerging therapies Section – Chair: Gabrielle Wheway
Mariya Moosajee – Non-viral genetic therapies for inherited eye disease
Veronique Vitart – Building up cornea thickness and resistance: Insights from GWAS
David Fitzpatrick – Disorders of Early Human Eye Development
UK-EGG Business Meeting
Session 4: Lab/Counselling Section/Interesting Cases – Chair: Penny Clouston
Graeme Black & Carol Gardiner – Genetic laboratory services in England and Scotland
Clare Arnison-Newgass – Role of Ophthalmic Nurses in Genetics
Theo Gale – Genetic Counselling Cases
Interesting Case 1
Interesting Case 2
End of Conference
Hannah Knight – Genetic basis of inherited retinal disease in a UK cohort of over 2900 families
Samantha Malka – A review of challenges faced during the implementation and coordination of the Genomics England 100,000 Genomes study
Chloe Stanton – A mouse model for Brittle Cornea Syndrome
Mohammed Mustafa – Functional mechanisms underlying the RXRA-COL5A1 signal associated with central corneal thickness and keratoconus
Sunayna Best – Developing variant interpretation pipelines for inherited retinal diseases and ciliopathies: modelling TMEM67
Annual Meeting 2019 – Date and Venue
We have been working hard on the UK EGG programme for this year, and are delighted to announce the date for the 2019 annual meeting, which will be held in Glasgow on Friday 8 November. Further details regarding the event location and programme will be announced via the website soon.
For this meeting we are honoured to welcome Professor Veronica Van Heyningen as our keynote speaker, who will present her work on “Disease to genes and biology: PAX6 and progress”. I am sure no introduction is needed for most people, but you can read Prof Van Heyningen’s profile here.
More news and developments are to come, in the meantime we would like to thank you for your continued support of UK-EGG in 2019.
16 years of support for ophthalmic clinicians and clinical geneticists