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Retina 2020 Public Engagement Day
Guest speakers will provide a range of presentations covering research developments, supports and services, access to medicines, tips for looking after your eyes and much more. Further details and the programme agenda are available at www.fightingblindness.ie

Nov 7, 2020 10:15 AM in Dublin

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Ben Shaberman
Senior Director, Scientific Outreach and Community Engagement @Foundation Fighting Blindness
For more than 15 years, Ben has been reporting on retinal research for all of FFB’s electronic and print publications. In addition, he presents the latest scientific advancements at local and national events for patients and families, and conducts various training activities for staff and constituents. Ben also enjoys working with constituents one-on-one to help them understand their retinal disease and the research underway that may benefit them. Ben has written three books – Retina Boy, Jerry’s Vegan Women, and The Vegan Monologues – all published by Loyola University (Maryland). Ben earned a master of arts in writing from Johns Hopkins University, a master of science in systems management from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor of science in computer information science from Cleveland State University.
Claudette Mendefindt
Director of Science @Retina South Africa
Claudette Medefindt is the head of Science and Patient Services of Retina South Africa and recently retired Deputy President of Retina International. She is secretary to the Scientific and Medical Advisory Board to Retina South Africa and editor of the quarterly ENews featuring the latest research in retinal conditions. She is a trained peer counsellor and counsels newly diagnosed patients of retinal conditions. She has been a fulltime volunteer with Retina South Africa for 40 years. Claudette is a yoga instructor and a keen amateur watercolorist and is partially sighted due to Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Judith Potts
@Esme's Umbrella Group
Judith Potts is the Founder of Esme’s Umbrella, which is the campaign to raise awareness of Charles Bonnet Syndrome www.charlesbonnetsyndrome.uk and to source funding for research into this extremely common but little-known condition. For nine years she wrote a Health Column for The Telegraph. She was an actor and a voice, acting and presentation coach. She is married with two children, three grandsons, three step-children, four step-grandchildren and a border collie. www.charlesbonnetsyndrome.uk esmesumbrella@gmail.com Twitter: @esmesumbrella @JudithPotts