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Scientific advisory board

Dr. Botond Roska

Dr. Botond Roska
Chairman

Dr. Botond Roska
Chairman

Dr. Botond Roska

Botond Roska is senior group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel Switzerland. He was educated at University of California Berkeley, Harvard University and Harvard Medical School as well as at Semmelweis Medical School. His group studies the structure and function of the retina. His group pioneered retina cell type specific optogenetic vision restoration.

Prof. Jose-Alain Sahel, MD, PhD

Prof. Jose-Alain Sahel, MD, PhD
Vice-Chairman

Prof. Jose-Alain Sahel, MD, PhD
Vice-Chairman

Prof. Jose-Alain Sahel, MD, PhD

Pr. Sahel is chairing the Vision Institute in Paris, a center of excellence in ophthalmology assembling scientific teams (University PM Curie, INSERM, CNRS) as well as the French National Eye, featuring access to cohorts of well-diagnosed patients and a state-of-the-art Clinical Investigation Center.

Prof. Jean Bennett, MD, PhD

Prof. Jean Bennett, MD, PhD
Vice-Chairman

Prof. Jean Bennett, MD, PhD
Vice-Chairman

Prof. Jean Bennett, MD, PhD

Jean Bennett is Professor of Ophthalmology and Cell and Developmental Biology and a Senior Investigator in the F. M. Kirby Center for Molecular Ophthalmology at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. Jean also has an appointment as a Senior Investigator at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Luk H. Vandenberghe, PhD

Luk H. Vandenberghe, PhD

Luk H. Vandenberghe, PhD

Luk H. Vandenberghe, PhD

Luk Vandenberghe is Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and runs an active research laboratory at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Schepens Eye Research Institute. He directs the Grousbeck Gene Therapy Center which is focused on the biology of somatic gene transfer, the development of enabling technologies in gene therapy, and the translation of clinical programs with a particular emphasis on vision and hearing restoration. 

Prof. Ernst Bamberg

Prof. Ernst Bamberg

Prof. Ernst Bamberg

Prof. Ernst Bamberg

Ernst Bamberg is Professor of Biophysical Chemistry at University of Frankfurt, and Director of the Department of Biophysical Chemistry of the Max Planck Institute für Biophysik in Frankfurt. He is the inventor of the optogenetics approach and has been at the fore front of this technology since its discovery.

Prof. Connie Cepko

Prof. Connie Cepko

Prof. Connie Cepko

Prof. Connie Cepko

Connie Cepko is Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is working on the mechanisms that direct development of the central nervous system (CNS) of vertebrates, and particularly on the vertebrate retina. Connie has produced seminal works in the mechanisms that lead to the death of photoreceptors in the many inherited forms of human blindness.

Dr. Serge Picaud, PhD

Dr. Serge Picaud, PhD

Dr. Serge Picaud, PhD

Dr. Serge Picaud, PhD

Serge Picaud is director of research at the Vision Institute in Paris. Over the last 15 years, he has developed many cellular and animal models of different retinal diseases for assessing the efficacy of neuroprotection or other therapeutic strategies. He thus developed the culture of post-mortem human retinal tissue, which provides the means to test AAV vectors efficacy on human retinal neurones.