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How to best help people with low vision?

The Low Vision Symposium provides the venue to link the latest scientific discoveries in low vision research to innovative interventional procedures for the management of low vision. Starting from the assessment of the behavioural consequences of low vision, the symposium will highlight the neuropsychological aspects affected by low vision, the modifications in the brain dynamics brought by low vision, up to the current and exploratory clinical protocols to treat the different deficits associated with low vision. Talks will be given in English. The symposium ends with the attribution of a Young Investigator Award to the best student presentations in human vision neuroscience, neuro-ophthalmology, or any related discipline. The symposium is followed-up by the research topic “Neuro-Behavioral Insights on Low Vision and Beyond”.



Dr Diego Ghezzi, Fondation Asile des aveugles, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Prof. Silvio Ionta, Fondation Asile des aveugles/University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Language: english

CME points : 6

PhD Credits: The FBM-UNIL doctoral school provides 0.25 ECTS. In addition, all participating doctoral students also have the opportunity to take the « course option » of the event as proposed under the umbrella of the LNDS (https://wp.unil.ch/lemanicneuroscience/files/2024/03/LowVisSymp2024-1.pdf).


Welcome coffee and registration



Moderators: Prof. T. J. Wolfensberger, Prof. S. Ionta and Dr Diego Ghezzi

Session 1

Low vision assessment

Moderator : Prof. R. Schlingemann


Current trends in low vision research

Ms. Fatima Anaflous, Hôpital ophtalmique Jules-Gonin, Fondation Asile des aveugles, (Switzerland)


E-health intervention to improve fatigue in adults with visual impairment. Results from a randomized controlled trial

Prof. Ruth Van Nispen, Amsterdam University Medical Centers (NL)


Cognitive, behavioural and neuropsychological characteristics and interventions in children with low vision

Prof. Naomi Dale, University College London (UK)


Coffee break

Session 2

Brain Dynamics in Low Vision

Moderator : Prof. S. Ionta


Visual impairment due to stroke

Prof. Fiona Rowe, University of Liverpool (UK)


Cortical adaptation and plasticity in response to vision loss

Prof. Susana Chung, University of California, Berkeley (USA)


Assessment and treatment of vision problems due to brain pathologies

Prof. Joost Heutink, University of Groningen (NL)


Lunch break

Session 3

New Perspectives in Low Vision

Moderator : Prof. T. J. Wolfensberger


How to create low vision rehabilitation services

Prof. Silvio Mariotti, World Health Organization (CH)


A global health perspective on the impact of vision impairment on people’s life experience

Prof. Gianni Virgili, University of Florence (IT)


Rehabilitation procedures at the Service Social et Réadaptation Basse Vision

Diana Morais De Almeida & Sophie Jumeau, Fondation Asile des aveugles (CH)


Coffee break

Session 4

Interventional Strategies in Low Vision

Moderator : Prof. D. Ghezzi


Assessment and Rehabilitation in Cerebral Visual Impairment

Prof. Els Ortibus, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE)


Neuromodulation with microcurrent stimulation for low vision restoration and rehabilitation

Prof. Bernhard Sabel, University of Magdeburg (DE)


Assistive technologies for the management of individuals with low vision

Prof. Ahalya Subramanian, City University of London (UK)


New technologies for low vision management

Ms. Marine Clogenson, EPFL (CH)

Session 5

Students’ presentations for the Frontiers Excellence Prize



Young Investigator Award : Frontiers Excellence Prize

PhD and master students are encouraged to submit abstracts for the Frontiers Excellence Prize (max 250 words, English). Only registered students are allowed to apply. First, abstracts will be peer-reviewed and evaluated for scientific and/or clinical impact on Human Vision Neuroscience, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Neuropsychology, or any related discipline. The best abstracts will advance to the second step: a short live presentation during the symposium. In the final step, peer-reviewers will judge the candidates and assign awards.

To participate to the Frontiers Excellence Prize, please send an abstract by e-mail by 14 April 2024.


Jules Gonin Eye Hospital
Ms Charlotte de Raemy
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