DOPS 2019 Committee
Chairwoman: Annet Haarman - Rotterdam MC
Myopia or nearsightedness is a sight-threatening disorder which is rising globally. We know that it is caused by a complex interplay between environmental factors and genetic variations. My PhD Project aims to identify new genes using the complex structure of families. We hope to find rare genetic variants with high impact and try to further unravel the pathophysiological mechanisms leading to myopia.
Secretary: Clair Enthoven - Rotterdam MC
My PhD project focusses on the development of myopia in childhood and adolescence. The main goal is risk profiling by identifying children with high genetic and environmental risk to develop myopia. Eventually, we want to develop recommendations for health policy to prevent children from myopia.
Treasurer: Anita de Breuk - Radboudumc
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of severe visual loss in the elderly. Both common and rare genetic variants contribute to the disease. My PhD project focuses on sub-phenotypes of AMD and on the role of rare genetic variants in AMD.
Public relations: Birgit Govers - Radboudumc
Retinal detachment is an acute disorder in which the neurosensory retina is seperated from the underlying retinal pigment epithelium. My PhD project aimes to find genetic risk factors which can explain part of the etiology. This knowledge will also help to asses a risk score for preventive therapy in the future.