The Art of Lyonization & Gene Therapy Update

Wednesday, September 4, 2024

Option to attend in-person at Watermark Country Club or virtually via Zoom Webinar


The Foundation for Vision Research is delighted to host another educational event. We extend a warm welcome to eye care specialists in the West Michigan area to join us for an informative evening filled with appetizers and drinks, followed by a captivating presentation by an esteemed expert in the field. Our featured speaker, Liliya Sutherland, DO, will discuss X-linked inherited retinal diseases, their manifestation in female carriers, and experimental gene therapy for affected males.

Who Should Attend

Optometrists, ophthalmic specialists, general ophthalmologists, fellows, and ophthalmology residents encompassing all levels of experience and knowledge.


At the end of this presentation, attendees should understand:

    • Genetic background of X-linked phenotype
    • Presentation of female carriers of X-linked inherited retinal diseases
    • Current research in treatment of X-linked inherited retinal diseases


6:30 PM | Space opens to attendees, appetizers & drinks served

6:50 PM | Zoom waiting room opens

7:00 PM | Welcome: Nathan Pezda, MD, RSOM Physician

7:05 PM | Presentation: Liliya Sutherland, DO, RSOM Physician

7:50 PM | Question and Answer

8:00 PM | Wrap-up 


Please use the form below to register for the event. If you select to attend virtually, your browser will redirect you to Zoom for registration. After registration, everyone should receive a confirmation email from the Foundation. Those attending virtually will also receive a confirmation email from Zoom with a unique user-specific link to join the seminar. Please check your junk or spam folder for the confirmation email and flag the email to make it easy to find on the day of the seminar. If you need assistance with registration email [email protected].

Please be aware that space is limited, and attendance will be based on a first-come, first-served basis, and registration closes on Friday, August 30, 2024.


Your support enables the Foundation for Vision Research to take part in research directly impacting the lives of patients in West Michigan and changing the landscape of treatment for retinal diseases for the entire population. A cure is in sight and you can help us reach it by making a tax-deductible donation to research today.  Tribute gifts can be made in honor or memory of a loved one.


Liliya Sutherland, DO

Ophthalmologist at Retina Specialists of Michigan

Dr. Liliya Sutherland, an Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate, completed her ophthalmology residency at Metro Health, Grand Rapids, affiliated with Michigan State University. Following this, she undertook a 2-year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship with Retina Specialists of Michigan. Dr. Sutherland further honed her skills with an ophthalmic genetics fellowship at the Casey Eye Institute, specializing in inherited retinal diseases.

Dr. Sutherland is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retinal Specialists, American Osteopathic Association, Michigan Society of Eye Physicians, the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology, and Sigma Sigma Phi National; an Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity. Dr. Sutherland has participated in multiple research studies and has published several articles and book chapters.

Her interests include diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, inherited retinal diseases (including retinitis pigmentosa, Leber’s congenital amaurosis, Stargadt’s disease, Best’s disease, X-linked retinoschisis, pattern macular dystrophies, and other rare conditions), and uveitis/ocular inflammatory disorders. She is currently investigating therapies for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.


This live activity is designated for a maximum of 1 CE Credit by COPE (Course Number 91232-TD, Activity ID Number 128352).

This live interactive distance learning activity is designated for a maximum of 1 CE Credit by COPE (Course Number 91236-TD, Activity ID Number 128353).

The Michigan State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Michigan State Medical Society and the Foundation for Vision Research. The Michigan State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.