The 18th Biennial Meeting of the
Child Vision Research Society
CVRS 2023
‘Child Vision and Visual Impairment
– Advances in Science and Related Practice’
12-14th July 2023



We’ve received a strong range of abstracts for oral and poster presentations from the UK, Ireland and across Europe, Australia and the USA and look forward to a very interesting programme of free papers.

We also have confirmation of some fantastic Key note and Invited speakers from the UK, Europe, USA and New Zealand. We will also have a special Memorial session to honour the late Emeritus Professor Oliver Braddick who together with Janet Atkinson was so instrumental in the formation and development of the Child Vision Research Society.

Confirmed Key note speakers include:

Professor Agnes Wong (Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of Toronto Canada)

Associate Professor Tessa Dekker (Head of Child Vision lab, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology UK)

– Oliver Braddick Memorial Lecture

Professor Steven Dakin – (Professor, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Auckland New Zealand)

Professor Marya Moosajee (Professor of Molecular Biology, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology UK) Professor Janet Atkinson (Emeritus Professor, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology UK)

Invited speakers will also cover the topics of:

Neuroimaging and vision disorders

Epidemiology and management needs of child visual impairment including low-Income countries

Quality of life and well-being in children with visual impairment

Developmental risks including autism spectrum disorder in children with visual impairment

Visual perception including crowding and face perception and object estimation

Evidence based clinical guidelines in screening, assessment, diagnosis and subtyping of cerebral visual impairment.


The conference venue (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) is in the centre of London in the historic area of Bloomsbury (including the famous “Bloomsbury circle” of authors, philosophers, political activists and artists in the early 20th century and University College London (UCL) and related university institutes).


The UCL Institute of Child Health includes research and faculty programmes of clinical and basic science researchers in ocular and brain-based vision disorders and developmental vision neuroscience which is closely affiliated with the clinical services of GOSH (see below).

The new Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children brings together pioneering research and world-leading clinical care to drive new tests, treatments and cures for children with rare and complex diseases.


Next door is the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for Children NHS Trust, which is a major tertiary paediatric hospital in the UK. This includes a new state of the art ophthalmological Sight and Sound building for managing eye and brain-based vision disorders and the Developmental Vision clinic for managing childhood visual impairment of the paediatric neurodisability service and advanced neuroimaging, genetics, surgery, endocrinological and metabolic treatment programmes.


There will be a range of accommodation options available in hotels near to the conference venue at Institute of Child Health. These will be advertised on the Registration and CVRSoc Website soon. We hope to have reduced conference rates.


The social events will be held close to the conference venue to enjoy the atmosphere and historic environment of Bloomsbury. On Wednesday evening we will have a welcome evening reception in the Winter Garden, UCL Institute of Child Health. There will be a Gala dinner with music and a rooftop terrace in the heart of Bloomsbury in the Summer on Thursday evening. There will also be an optional event on Friday evening to explore London’s central canal with an historic tour, canal boat trip etc.

Watch out for Registration details. Do please forward this information to your colleagues and anyone who may be interested in this conference.

We hope to welcome you to the conference.

Best wishes,

Professor Naomi Dale BA, MSc, PhD, CPsychol, Chair of CVRS Organising Committee

Associate Professor Alison Sat FRACP FRCPCH, Chair of CVRS Scientific Committee

On behalf of the organising and scientific committees CVRS 2023