Newsletter - 2005, Volume 8, Number 1

XXXI AOI Meeting—Florence, Italy—May, 2005

The Duomo
The Duomo

The XXXI Meeting of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis took place in Florence, Italy on Thursday morning, May 12, 2005 in conjunction with the Italian Society of Ophthalmology meeting. The Business Meeting took place in the Convention Center at Fortezza da Basso. Forty-three Members were in attendance. During his report, President Koichi Shimizu thanked Profs. Selvarajah and Verdaguer for organizing AOI Symposia at recent meetings of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, respectively. Reports were also presented by the Secretary-General, Prof. Lichter, and the Treasurer, Prof. Verdaguer. Emeritus Membership status was approved for Professors Alan Bird (Chair X), Carl Kupfer (Chair XVI), and Bjorn Tengroth (Chair XLV). The following newly inducted Members of the Academia received from President Shimizu their AOI certificates and medals: Professors Francesco Bandello (Chair LVIII), Paul A. Sieving (Chair XX), and Jialiang Zhao (Chair XXII). The Academia's continued support of one IFOS/ICO Fellowship was approved by the membership. Professor Balder Gloor, organizer of this fellowship program thanked the Members for the confidence they have shown in this program through their financial support.

Prof. and Mrs. William Tasman at Piazza del Duomo
Prof. and Mrs. William Tasman at Piazza del Duomo

President Koichi Shimizu expressed profound gratitude on behalf of the Membership to Professor Rosario Brancato and his wife, Laura Frigerio Brancato for their superb organizational efforts to bring the AOI meeting to Florence and for the outstanding social activities that surrounded the meeting. The Opening Ceremony of the Italian Ophthalmological Society (SOI) was held at the Palazzio da Vecchio in the late afternoon of Wednesday, May 11, 2005. Remarks by society officials and by a representative of the Health Department were followed by comments form the President of the International Council of Ophthalmology, Prof. Gottfried O.H. Naumann, and by the Academia President, Prof. Koichi Shimizu. This ceremony was followed by a pleasant outdoor reception. The Italian Society of Ophthalmology extended generous hospitality with a luncheon in Padiglione Arsenale following the AOI Business Meeting and Special Scientific Session and with a special dinner that evening at the Terrace Restaurant of the Hotel Baglioni, providing exceptional views of the historic attractions and rooftops of Florence.

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Academia Elects New Members

Professor Gerhard Lang Elected to the AOI (Chair X)

Professor Gerhard Lang was elected to Chair X in the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis on May 12, 2005. Prof. Lang received his M.D. degree and completed his residency at the Erlangen-Nürnberg Medical School. Prof. Lang continued his work at Erlangen-Nürnberg University Eye Hospital where he became an Associate Professor in 1982. After practicing for several years, Prof. Lang left Germany to complete a fellowship in ocular pathology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Following completion of his fellowship Prof. Lang returned to Germany and was appointed Vice Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University Eye-Hospital Erlangen and then, in 1990, became Chairman. He is now the Dean of the Medical School of Ulm in Germany. In addition to these accomplishments Prof. Lang has held membership in many organizations. He was a member of the Advisory Committee of the International Congress of Ophthalmology (ICO) 1989-1994, Chairman of the ICO Task Force Education Committee 2000-2002, and Chairman of the ICO's Application and Planning Committee for the meeting to be held in Berlin 2010. Prof. Lang was a member of the European Board of Ophthalmology Education Committee 1994-2000 and has been its General Secretary since 2000.

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Professor Shigeaki Ohno Elected to the AOI (Chair XVI)

Professor Shigeaki Ohno was elected to Chair XVI in the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis on May 12, 2005. Prof. Ohno received his medical degree at the Hokkaido University School of Medicine in Japan in 1970. He went on to receive his Ph.D. degree in 1977. Prof. Ohno is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. His current research focuses on external diseases, allergy, intraocular inflammation, uveitis, infection, inflammation and immunology, immunogenetics, molecular biology, epidemiology, and medical anthropology. Since 1970 Prof. Ohno has published over 400 original papers and books. He has been active in many prestigious organizations including as a council member in the Afro-Asian Congress of Ophthalmology from 1992 to the present. In addition, Prof. Ohno was President of the International Ocular Inflammation Society from 1998 to 2003, President of the Behcet's Disease Research Committee of Japan, Ministry of Health and Welfare from 1996 to 2002, and is an active member of the International Uveitis Study Group. His efforts to combat Behcet's syndrome in the Middle East and Central Asia are respected around the world.

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Professor Miguel Burnier Elected to the AOI (Chair XLV)

Professor Miguel Burnier was elected to Chair XLV in the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis on May 12, 2005. Prof. Burnier completed his postdoctoral training and became chief resident in the Department of Pathology at the Parana School of Medicine, Brazil. After receiving his Ph.D. from the Parana School of Medicine, Prof. Burnier completed a fellowship program at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC. Prof. Burnier then pursued his Ph.D. in ophthalmology at the Sao Paulo School of Medicine, Brazil. From 1987 to 1989 he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the Sao Paulo School of Medicine then became Chairman of McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1993. In addition to these accomplishments Prof. Burnier is an active member of over twenty societies and serves as an Editorial Board member for Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. He is also a reviewer for several prestigious ophthalmology publications, such as the American Journal of Ophthalmology and the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Prof. Burnier is currently Professor and Chair at McGill University

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Streiff Medal Election

The Members elected Academician Professor Gottfried O.H. Naumann to receive the Bernardo Streiff Gold Medal at next year's World Congress of Ophthalmology in Sao Paolo, Brazil. This prestigious medal is awarded by the Academia every four years "...to an ophthalmologist who has contributed most through history, ethics and education to the advance of ophthalmology."

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Oral Obituaries for Professors Juan Arentsen and Lalit Agarwal

Professor Juan Verdaguer delivered a very personal and moving obituary to remember Professor Juan Arentsen and Professor Pran Nagpal did the same in memory of Professor Lalit Agarwal. These renowned Academicians who did so much to advance ophthalmology in Latin America and India, respectively, will be greatly missed by the Academia and by world ophthalmology

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AOI Oration by Professor Angelo Luigi Vescovi

The AOI was honored by the Oration delivered by Professor Angelo Luigi Vescovi, Professor of Cell Biology at the Bicocca University of Milan and the Co-Director of Research at the Institute for Stem Cell Research, DIBIT, Hospital San Raffaele in Milan. Professor Vescovi received his doctorate in Biological Sciences, summa cum laude, from the University of Milan and has gone on to become an international leader in stem cell research, with his special interest in neural stem cells. His Oration, entitled "Neural Stem Cells in Brain Pathology and Therapy" provided a tantalizing look at present and future research that holds great promise for patients with a variety of debilitating neurological diseases.

Prof. Vescovi delivering his oration
Prof. Vescovi delivering his oration
Professors Shimizu, Vescovi and Brancato
Professors Shimizu, Vescovi and Brancato

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AOI Special Scientific Session Features Inaugural Lectures and Member Talks

Inaugural Lectures were delivered by the three newly inducted members. Professor Francesco Bandello's talk was entitled "Available Data Concerning the Use of Rhu-fab in Patients with Wet AMD." The second Inaugural Lecture was presented by Professor Rafael Barraquer, entitled "The Long Way to XXI Century Cataract Surgery." Click here to view the presentation. Professor Paul Sieving delivered the third Inaugural Lecture entitled "Ophthalmic Genetic Disease." Five members delivered talks in the Special Scientific Session: Professor Koichi Shimizu presented "Arteriovenous Anastomosis in the Retina;" Professor Pran Nagpal spoke on "Transpupillary Thermo Therapy;" Professor Hilel Lewis on "Use of Perfluorocarbon Liquid as a Postoperative Tamponade for Recurrent Retinal Detachment," followed by Professor Balder Gloor's talk entitled "Incontinentia Pigmenti Bloch-Sulzberger: Who Were Bloch and Sulzberger?" The final Member presentation was by Professor Michael Blumenthal on "Considerations of Cataract Surgery in the Presence of AMD."

Inaugural Lecturers and their Induction

Professor Francesco Bandello receiving certificate and medal. From Left: AOI Second Vice President Prof. Rosario Brancato, Prof. Francesco Bandello, AOI President Prof. Koichi Shimizu, and AOI Secretary-General Prof. Paul Lichter.
Professor Francesco Bandello receiving certificate and medal. From Left: AOI Second Vice President Prof. Rosario Brancato, Prof. Francesco Bandello, AOI President Prof. Koichi Shimizu, and AOI Secretary-General Prof. Paul Lichter.
Professor Rafael Barraquer receiving certificate and medal. From Left: AOI President Prof. Koichi Shimizu, Prof. Rafael Barraquer and AOI Secretary-General Prof. Paul Lichter.
Professor Rafael Barraquer receiving certificate and medal. From Left: AOI President Prof. Koichi Shimizu, Prof. Rafael Barraquer and AOI Secretary-General Prof. Paul Lichter.
Professor Paul A. Sieving receiving certificate and medal. From Left: AOI President Prof. Koichi Shimizu, Prof. Paul A. Sieving and AOI Secretary-General Prof. Paul Lichter.
Professor Paul A. Sieving receiving certificate and medal. From Left: AOI President Prof. Koichi Shimizu, Prof. Paul A. Sieving and AOI Secretary-General Prof. Paul Lichter.
Professor Jialiang Zhao receiving certificate and medal. From Left: AOI President Prof. Koichi Shimizu, Prof. Jialiang Zhao and AOI Secretary-General Prof. Paul Lichter.
Professor Jialiang Zhao receiving certificate and medal. From Left: AOI President Prof. Koichi Shimizu, Prof. Jialiang Zhao and AOI Secretary-General Prof. Paul Lichter.

Member Presenters

Professor Pran Nagpal presenting his talk "Transpupillary Thermo Therapy"
Professor Pran Nagpal presenting his talk "Transpupillary Thermo Therapy"
Professor Hilel Lewis presenting his talk "Use of Perfluorocarbon Liquid as a Postoperative Tamponade for Recurrent Retinal Detachment"
Professor Hilel Lewis presenting his talk "Use of Perfluorocarbon Liquid as a Postoperative Tamponade for Recurrent Retinal Detachment"
Professor Balder Gloor presenting his talk "Incontinentia Pigmenti Bloch - Sulzberger: Who were Bloch and Sulzberger?"
Professor Balder Gloor presenting his talk "Incontinentia Pigmenti Bloch - Sulzberger: Who were Bloch and Sulzberger?"
Professor Michael Blumenthal presenting his talk "Considerations of Cataract Surgery in the Presence of AMD"
Professor Michael Blumenthal presenting his talk "Considerations of Cataract Surgery in the Presence of AMD"

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Professor Bradley R. Straatsma delivering the AOI Lecture
Professor Bradley R. Straatsma delivering the AOI Lecture

AOI Lecture by Professor Bradley R. Straatsma

Leading into the AOI Symposium, Professor Bradley R. Straatsma delivered a superb, beautifully illustrated and well-received AOI Lecture entitled "Current Management of Choroidal Melanoma" after which President Shimizu presented him with the traditional AOI silver tray to commemorate his Lecture.

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AOI Symposium in Florence

Chaired by Professors Rosario Brancato and Gabriel Coscas, and moderated by Professors Paul Lichter and Juan Verdaguer, the Academia Symposium was presented to a standing-room-only audience that was treated to the latest information on "Present Management of AMD." The program for this symposium was as follows:

IntroductionProf. Koichi Shimizu
Quantitative photographic classification of AMD phenotypeProf. Stephen J. Ryan
The role of OCT in the diagnosis of AMDProf. Rosario Brancato
Role and advantages of ICG-A in management of AMDProf. Gabriel J. Coscas
PDT update: New and ongoing clinical trialsProf. Gisèle Soubrane
Intra-vitreal triamcinolone: before, after or not at all?Prof. William S. Tasman
Lucentis: intra-vitreal drugs. Hopes and difficulties?Prof. Francesco Bandello
Anecortave acetate: the easiest way?Prof. José G. Cunha-Vaz
Update in Macugen treatmentProf. Yasuo Tano
Present indications and results of surgery for AMDProf. Hilel Lewis
Closing remarksProf. Rosario Brancato
Prof. Gabriel J. Coscas

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Announcement of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Academia will take place in Sao Paolo, Brazil on Monday, February 20, 2006, in conjunction with the World Congress of Ophthalmology.

Professors Stephen J. Ryan and Rubens Belfort Jr. in Florence during their planning meeting for the World Congress Scientific Program taking place in Sao Paolo in 2006
Professors Stephen J. Ryan and Rubens Belfort Jr. in Florence during their planning meeting for the World Congress Scientific Program taking place in Sao Paolo in 2006

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AOI Symposium in Berlin

During the 15th European Society of Ophthalmology Congress in Berlin, an AOI Symposium, entitled "Diagnostic Imaging in Ophthalmology" was presented to a receptive and appreciative audience. Chaired by Professors Shimizu and Naumann, the Symposium was organized and moderated by Professors Brancato and Coscas. The program was as follows:

1.Clinical Pathology Imaging in exfoliation syndrome
Prof. U. Schlotzer-Schrehardt
Prof. Gottfried O. H. Naumann
2.Imaging in uveitis
Prof. Rubens Belfort, Jr.
3.Diagnostic imaging in pediatric retinal disorders
Prof. William S. Tasman
4.Imaging in scleral diseases
Prof. Peter G. Watson
5.Characterization of diabetic retinopathy phenotypes by multimode imaging
Prof. José G. Cunha-Vaz
6.ICG-angiography in AMD
Prof. Gisèle Soubrane
7.OCT in clinical practice in macular diseases
Prof. Hilel Lewis
8.Evolution of macular epiretinal membrane: Morphological and quantitative changes
Prof. George P. Theodossiadis
9.OCT in macular holes
Prof. August F. Deutman

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