Date: October 14, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM
Cost: Free

This year’s virtual event, co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired (WCBVI) and University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS), will feature research updates, panel discussions, resources and vendors. This virtual event is free and open to the public. You can also check out the UW event page.

Please note that a computer/mobile device and internet access are required to access the program. You may dial in from a phone for audio only.

The virtual event is being broadcast on Thursday, October 14 at 4:00 pm.

To listen in on the speakers from UW Madison and the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired, dial this number on your phone: 312-626-6799. You will be asked to enter a Meeting ID: 983 7427 2183 and Passcode: 462586

If you have internet access, you can hear and view the speakers at this link:
You may not need the Meeting ID, but you will be asked to enter the Passcode.
Meeting ID: 983 7427 2183
Passcode: 462586


4:00-4:15 PM – Welcome + AMD 101
Denise Jess, executive director, WCBVI
Barbara Blodi, MD, Matthew D. Davis Professor and medical director of the Wisconsin Reading Center

4:15-5:00 – Panel Discussion + Questions: Low Vision Resources and You
Jim Denham, access technology specialist, WCBVI

Jean Kalscheur, vision rehabilitation teacher, WCBVI
Brent Perzentka, certified low vision therapist, WCBVI
Amy Wurf, certified low vision therapist, education and vision services director, WCBVI

5:00-5:05 – Break
5:05-5:50 – Panel Discussion + Questions: AMD Research and Treatment Updates
Mihai Mititleu, MD, associate professor, medical director of the Clinical Eye Research Unit, DOVS

Jonathan Chang, MD, assistant professor, DOVS
Roomasa Channa, MD, assistant professor, DOVS
David Gamm, MD, PhD, professor, DOVS; director of the McPherson Eye Research Institute
Kathleen Schildroth, MD, assistant professor, DOVS
Kimberly Stepien, MD, professor, co-vice chair of clinical affairs, director of the inherited retinal degenerations clinic, co-director of the ocular genetics program, DOVS

5:50-6:00 – Sponsor Messages and Vendor Open House

Advanced age-related macular degeneration.
Photo Credit: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health.