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Inherited Retinal Diseases
Module for ERN-EYE

Le point de vue du Professeur Hélène Dollfus, MD, PhD, coordinatrice du projet ERN-EYE et de Dorothée Leroux, PharmD, PhD, chef de projet ERN-EYE – lire l’article.

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E-learning training course

30 hours e-Learning
1305 €

Dates de formation

Référence LKA19-0943A :
du 07/09/2020 au 05/10/2020

Lieu de la formation

A distance

Renseignements & inscriptions

Context and general objectives

The general objective is to improve the knowledge about Rare Eye Diseases (RED) thanks to the input of highest European and international experts


The students are expected to come from a wide background with the common objective of improving their knowledge in the field of Rare Eye Diseases. Pregraduate students (ophthalmology, medical genetics, visual sciences, ….) as well as post graduates healthcare professionals (MDs, ophthalmologists , orthoptists, …) or any stakeholder willing to improve knowledge in the field (pharmaceutic industry employee, clinical research assistant or manager, …)  

Compétences à l'issue de la formation

  • Understand the general physiology and histology of the retina in regard to the field of IRD, the types, subtypes and classifications of IRDs and main differential diagnosis
  • Understand the methods of clinical, imaging and functional investigations leading to the diagnosis of IRD, today and in the near future and the principles of electophysiology
  • Understand the principles of genetic testing for IRDs , todays tools and the close future ones
  • Develop a solid clinical, genetic and scientific knowledge in the following entities : rod-cone retinitis pigmentosa, cone dystrophy and related disorders, Stargardt disease

Program at a glance

  • Introduction to retinal dystrophies 
  • How to diagnose a retinal dystrophy ? 
  • How to take care of patient with IRD?
  • Genetic testing for IRDs 
  • Which therapies today and tomorrow
  • Description of categories of IRDs (rod-cone retinitis pigmentosa, cone dystrophy and related disorders, Stargardt disease, Best disease and related disorders, early onset retinitis pigmentosa (including Leber’s congenital amaurosis), syndromic retinitis pigmentosa, Ushers syndrome, Ciliopathies, congenital stationary night blindness, achromatopsia…

Pedagogical methods

The module is based on the setting of several phases listed hereunder: 

  • Online theorical courses (asynchronic)
  • Synchronic debate sessions
  • Clinical Cases analysis
  • Work in small groups (small groups virtual classroom) 
  • Resources & Documentation to consult (reference documents, recent papers) 
  • Homework: resources to consult 
  • Bottoms up sessions in small groups (virtual classrooms)
  • Evaluation: regular quiz online and trainee presentation (virtual classrooms)

Study Director

Teaching committee

  • Pr Bart Leroy (Associate Professor, Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Genetics & Visual electrophysiology, Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Pr Michael Larsen (Professor, overlæge, Rigshospitalets Øjenklinik og Københavns Universitet, Denmark)
  • Pr Isabelle Meunier (Professeur, Ophtalmologie, Université de Montpellier, France )
  • Pr Isabelle Audo (Professeur, Ophtalmologie et Génétique, Institut de la Vision, France )
  • Pr Hélène Dollfus (Professeur, Ophtalmologie et Génétique, Université de Strasbourg, France)


ERN-EYE is co-funded by the European Union

Nature et sanction de la formation

This training course is an “action d’adaptation et de développement des compétences” (ref. French law). A certificate of attendance is delivered after the course. An evaluation measures the trainees’ satisfaction and the achievement of learning objectives.                                   


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