Falkirk Information Day, Scotland

Posted on: Wednesday 3 October 2018

We had an enjoyable and interesting day at the RPFB Falkirk Information Day on Monday. We wish to thank RNIB who invited us to host the event at Forth Valley Sensory Centre; it was a fabulous venue with great facilities and we were very well looked after.

Matthew Carr, Clair Pudaruth, Laura Horton and I travelled to Scotland for the event. The day was well attended and we welcomed many faces, both familiar and new. As well as listening to the excellent speaker line up, delegates had the opportunity to visit our exhibitor stands and meet other families living with inherited retinal dystrophies.

The first speaker of the day was Dr Roly Megaw, clinical lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and an Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist in NHS Lothian.  Roly’s presentation What are our realistic options for treating RP?was very well received.  This was followed by a presentation from Mr Daniel Crown, Consultant Optometrist providing information about OxSight Smart Glasses.  OxSight were also exhibiting on the day and people had the opportunity to find out more and try the glasses for themselves.

The next presentation Understanding Retinitis Pigmentosa: from patient mutations to disease mechanism and beyond was given by Dr Toby Hurd. Toby is a molecular and cell biologist and a principal investigator in the MRC Human Genetics Unit at the University of Edinburgh.  His work is concerned with understanding, at the cell biological level, the pathogenesis of cilia-related diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa, polycystic kidney disease and nephronophthisis.  Specifically he is combining human and mouse genetics, utilising genome editing technology to generate mouse models harbouring human pathogenic mutations, thus generating models that accurately reflect human retinal disease.

I then spoke about the charity and the work we are doing to support people living with inherited progressive sight loss. We then introduced two great speakers who talked about their own journey living with RP, the good, the bad, the ugly and the funny!

Our final speaker was Fraser Fleming from SITE Scotland who provided some great information about accessible apps for mobile devices along with fun demonstrations using an audience volunteer. As well as the RPFB team being there to offer information and support to those who attended, assistance was also provided by the Guide Dog’s and RNIB teams who did a great job in helping the day run smoothly, thank you!  We would also like to thank OxSight for sponsoring the event.

Denise Rawden
Regional Services Manager – North West & Northern Ireland