25. - 26.09.2023
Philharmonie Mercatorhalle Duisburg
Worldwide about 400 blind patients already received electronic Retina Implant Systems to restore visual functions. It took several groups a more than 20 year long journey of research and development to the present approved products. In the beginning there was a lot of skepticism within the ophthalmic community. Would this work, wouldn’t there be massive complications and many failures?
As always with new technologies it needed some courageous people to continue even after several setbacks. Patients already benefit from wearing such devices. Although in the beginning our expectations were higher and we thought that the improvements in vision would be greater, but what was achieved today is an important first step to overcome certain forms of blindness using implantable active microsystems. Other steps will follow to improve the performance of visual prostheses and to achieve better outcomes.
This 2023 Symposium will take place in Duisburg, Germany on the occasion of the 57th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering (www.bmt2023.de) as a satellite meeting. The Artificial Vision Symposium is scheduled for September, 25th-26th 2023.
The symposium will cover all fields of research for vision prostheses starting from understanding degenerative processes in the visual system, microsystem design and materials, microelectronics and systems, electrodes, implantation tools and surgery, preclinical and clinical results, and perception. We believe, that this symposium can serve as an excellent platform for a continuation of the interdisciplinary dialogue between engineering, biophysics, computer science, neuroscience, and medicine.
Together with my colleagues Sven Ingebrandt (RWTH), Frank Müller, and Andreas Offenhäusser (Forschungszentrum Jülich) I cordially invite you to come to Duisburg.
Join us in Duisburg 2023!
Prof. Dr. Peter Walter
Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Aachen
RWTH Aachen University, Medical Faculty