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Virtual Saving Sight // When Gene Therapy Meets Reality

September 30, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free and open to the public, this community-centric event is modeled after the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health’s “Mini-Med School” programs. Our 2021 Virtual Saving Sight Session is presented by the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin. Please join us for this exciting discussion.

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Melanie Schmitt, MDMelanie Schmitt, MD
Assistant professor, pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus specialist, director of the pediatric inherited retinal degeneration clinic, co-director of the ocular genetics program

Dr. Melanie Schmitt is a respected pediatric ophthalmologist and adult strabismus specialist. Her research focuses on inherited retinal degenerations. In this engaging session, Dr. Schmitt will present on gene therapy that is available for a rare genetic eye disorder, Leber congenital amaurosis.

Dr. Schmitt earned her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her internship year and ophthalmology residency at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, followed by a pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus fellowship at Cole Eye Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. She joined the DOVS faculty in 2014.


  • 6:00 – 6:05 PM – Welcome and introduction
  • 6:05 – 7:00 PM – Presentation and discussion

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About Saving Sight Sessions

Saving sight is the most important part of our mission. The Department of Ophthalmology ‭and Visual Sciences at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is devoted to preserving and protecting vision. This program ‭is one more way to keep you informed. ‭The Saving Sight Sessions are a series of ‭community education programs created to share discoveries and developments to stop ‭blinding diseases, enhance treatment, and ‭improve vision-related quality of life. ‭Please join us as we share the ways we are ‭transforming eye care.


September 30, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Bianca Johnson