CVRS2023 Programme

CVRS 2023


(Outline Programme, Invited speakers)

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Advancing childhood vision and visual impairment research and evidence-based practice

(please note there may be minor changes in timing arrangements for final programme)

Wednesday 12th July


Registration 9.00 to 10.00 am/ coffee

10.00 Opening Ceremony

20-30 minutes Welcome – Institute Leads, Chairs Organising, Scientific Chair, Sponsors

Session 1 Child vision disorders: genotypes and phenotypes

10.30 – 11.20

Keynote speaker ‘Genes, phenotypes, visual disorders and implications for therapeutic ways forward’ Professor Mariya Moosajee, Professor of Molecular Ophthalmology, University College London (UCL), Group Leader of Ocular Genomics and Therapeutics, The Francis Crick Institute, Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, Genetic Eye Disease, Moorfields Eye Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Development Fellow, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London

11.20 – 12.30 Free papers (5)

12.30 -14.00 Lunch and Posters

Session 2 Population, disability and visual development

14.00 – 14.30 Invited lecture:  ‘Measuring the burden of childhood visual disability at population level: Lessons from the British Childhood Visual Impairment Studies’
Ms Ameenat Lola Solebo, NIHR Clinician Scientist, Department of Population Science UCL GOS Institute of Child Health/ Honorary Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist Great Ormond Street Hospital London UK

14.30 – 15.15 Free papers (3) 

15.15 – 15.45 TEA

Session 3  Oliver Braddick Memorial Symposium

15.45  Introduction by Institute Lead

15.50 – 16.35 Keynote speaker

‘Oliver Braddick Memorial Lecture’

Dr Tessa Dekker Research Associate and Director of Child Vision Lab, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology, Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences, Faculty of Brain Sciences, UCL


16.35 – 17.15 Invited lecture:

‘Comparison of Visual Brain Development  in children with Williams Syndrome to children with other genetic or acquired disorders’

Professor Jan Atkinson Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences, Faculty of Brain Sciences, UCL; Visiting Professor University of Oxford


17.15 – 18.00  Invited lecture:

‘Infancy vision and long-term vision and neurodevelopmental outcomes’

Professor Elisa Fazzi, Professor in Child Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Brescia, Civil Hospital Brescia Italy UK

18.00  RECEPTION at Winter Garden UCL Institute of Child Health


Session 4 Assessment and measurement of vision  

08.30 – 09.30 Keynote: Title to be confirmed Professor Steven Dakin, Professor of Optometry and Vision Science, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Auckland New Zealand; honorary professor UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London UK

09.30 – 11.15 Free papers (7)

11.15 – 11.45 Coffee

Session 5

11.45 – 12.45   Free papers (5)

12.45 -13.15 Invited lecture:

‘The disruptive effect of crowding on vision in development and amblyopia’

Dr John Greenwood, Associate Professor of Psychology, Experimental Psychology UCL London UK

13.15 – 14.15 – Lunch and poster

Session 6  Visual impairment and development

14.15 – 14.45 Invited lecture:

‘Risk and protective factors in neurodevelopment, autism and mental health in childhood visual impairment’

Professor Naomi Dale, Professor of Paediatric Neurodisability, Developmental Neuroscience, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health / Consultant Clinical Neuro-psychologist, Developmental Vision Clinic/ Neurodisability/ PAMHS Great Ormond Street Hospital London UK

14.45 – 15.55 Free papers (5)

15.55 – 16.25 Tea

Session 7 Visual impairment, quality of life and wellbeing

16.25 – 17.10 Free papers (4)

17.10– 17.30 Invited lecture:

‘Quality of life, adjustment and wellbeing in children with visual impairment’

Dr Valerja Tadic, Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Greenwich London UK

 GALA DINNER  Rooftop terrace, barbecue, music etc


Session 8 Refractive error, amblyopia and impact on education

0830 – 0930 Keynote lecture:

Title (draft) ‘Understanding the neural mechanisms of different forms of strabismus, abnormal eye movements and amblyopia’

Professor Agnes Wong (Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of Toronto Canada; Past Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto Canada

09.30 – 10.10 Free papers (3)

1010 – 1040 Coffee

Session 9 Brain and vision

1040 – 1110 Invited lecture:

‘Neuroimaging and vision disorders’

Dr Corinna Bauer, Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology, Gordon Centre for Medical Imaging, Harvard Medical School, Boston Massachusetts, USA

 Session 10 Cerebral visual impairment: screening, assessment, diagnostics CVI

11.10 – 13.05 Free Papers (7)

1305 – 1405 – Lunch and Posters

Session 11 Understanding aetiology and mechanisms and ‘natural history’ of CVI

1405 – 1525 Free papers (6)

1525 – 1545 TEA

Session 12 Intervention for cerebral visual impairment

1545 – 1645 Free papers (4)

1645 – 1700 

Prizes and closing remarks/ handover to next CVRS 2025

 Optional social event (to be booked separately)