Date: Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 10 am (Manila Time)


The identification of disease-causing genes provides information about the pathogenesis of heritable eye diseases at the most basic level. Finding the causative gene of a disease helps the patient move beyond the unknown into the world of knowing what they have, what the future might hold, recurrence risk assessment, identification of at risk family members, contact with appropriate support groups, knowledge of what else to look for, and appropriate surveillance screening, and most importantly, the new possibility of gene based treatment. Ocular genetics is a fast growing field especially with the advent of next-generation sequencing, the resurgence of effective gene therapy techniques, and the recent discovery of genome editing mechanisms.

This webinar will take the participant through a journey from the early beginnings of ocular genetics to what it is today. Next-generation sequencing and its practical application in finding the exact cause of ocular diseases will also be discussed. Finally, a peak in to what the future holds in this exciting field will be explored.

edward_collantesEdward Ryan Collantes, MD

Ocular Genetics Fellow,
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary,
Harvard Medical School​

About the Speaker
Edward Ryan Collantes, MD is currently an ocular genetics fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biology, major in Genetics at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He then obtained his medical degree at the University of Santo Tomas and graduated from residency in ophthalmology at the Manila Doctors Hospital. It was during his residency training that he rekindled his passion in genetics, realizing that a lot of the conditions he is seeing in the clinic have genetic underpinnings. He hopes to share this passion of his to fellow ophthalmologists in the country and the ASEAN region as well as to current and future Filipino scientists who have interests in molecular genetics, bioinformatics, and genome editing.

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