Prof. Lumi Paraoan At ARVO
Professor Luminita Paraoan, recipient of funding from the Trust, leader of the Ocular Molecular Biology and Mechanisms of Disease Group in University of Liverpool, has organised and chaired the opening symposium of the recent annual meeting of the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), which took place between 29 April – 3 May 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
ARVO is the largest professional organisation of researchers in eye and vision science; more than 11,000 of these have participated at this year’s annual meeting. The symposium focused on the hot topic of ‘Proteostasis networks: challenges and therapeutic opportunities for ocular diseases’ and brought together non-clinical and clinical specialists with interests and expertise covering a wide range of eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, corneal distrophies.
In her opening address, Luminita has referred to recent findings concerning mechanisms of action of various risk factors which place protein homeostasis (I.e. Maintenance of proteins at right levels, location and function within and outside of cells) at the centre of understanding and managing eye diseases.
Photo (left): Luminita Paraoan with Wasu Supharattanasitthi, one of the PhD students from the group in Liverpool presenting his work at ARVO 2018 meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Wasu was the recipient of an ARVO international travel award.