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Artificial Vision 2013

The International Symposium on Visual Prosthetics

08.11. - 09.11.2013, Aachen


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

In 2011 and in 2013 the first two Retina Implant Systems were approved for humanuse in blind patients with retinal degenerations to restore vision. The idea of an Implantable visual prosthesis useful to improve daily life performance became reality indicating an important landmark in vision research. Artificial Vision 2013 as the International Symposium on Visual Prosthetics was intended to bring together researchers, clinicians and company representatives who are active in this fascinating field of science. The Symposium should cover the whole area starting from the genetic background of the diseases over functional and morphologic aspects of the retina in disease models of Retinitis pigmentosa. It will focus on the engineering parts of devices but also on biocompatibility and experimental implantation. Clinical experiences will be discussed as well as rehabilitation concepts for patients already implanted with such a device. In the last session we will also take a look to the future of visual prostheses and what might come. I like to create a workshop atmosphere where discussion and exchange are major parts. Our symposium will provide a platform for that and maybe also a marketplace to establish new collaborations. I welcome you all to Aachen, the most western German city, located in a triangle between The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. I hope that you will enjoy the meeting not only concerning the presentations but also to meet again friends from far away and to share time together. I am proud to welcome not only participants from Europe but also from the USA, Japan, Korea, and Australia. Welcome to Artificial Vision 2013 in Aachen.

Peter Walter
Department of Ophthalmology
University Hospital Aachen
RWTH Aachen University, Medical Faculty

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