The people sitting in that room... that is the biggest ‘brain trust’ on ocular albinism and albinism in general that has ever been assembled in one place at one time.
— Richard Alan Lewis, M.D., M.S., Professor Molecular and Human Genetics, Ophthalmology, Medicine, and Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine; speaking of the Eighth World Symposium that occurred in 2013

When Vision Becomes Reality: 2016 World Symposium

The 9th World Symposium took place in San Diego from November 16-18, 2016.

Our Symposium Sponsors

Farber Family Foundation

allergan foundation
grand colonial la jolla
hornblower cruises
the marine room

Farrell Family Foundation

Roger and Tamara Joseph

Epstein Family Foundation

Isakow Family Foundation

Bell Charitable Foundation


The 2013 Symposium was described as "representing the greatest brain trust in the field of vision research ever assembled for the genetic vision disorders our scientists are targeting," according to world renowned Ophthalmologist and Professor of Medicine, Molecular and Human Genetics, and Ophthalmology, Dr. Richard Lewis of Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Since these Symposiums started, there has been a remarkable improvement in the culture regarding the willingness of researchers to share and collaborate to accelerate the pace of vision research.

Such treatments rely on the combined knowledge of VOC-funded scientists and many others around the world. Gene therapy and stem cell therapies, which seemed but a distant dream when the Foundation was founded, are now becoming reality. The Vision of Children Foundation is proud to have played an important role in moving vision science forward so that one day soon children who are born with debilitating vision disorders or blindness will be able to see clearly.

See photos below from our 8th symposium, held in San Diego on November 6-8, 2013.