Newsletter - 2008, Volume 11, Number 1

XXXIV AOI Meeting—Hong Kong, China—June 27, 2008

The XXXIV Meeting of the Academic Ophthalmologica Internationalis took place in Hong Kong, China in conjunction with the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC). On the day preceding the AOI Business Meeting and Special Scientific Session, the AOI Executive Committee met to discuss issues coming before the Membership and to plan for future activities. Also, the Membership and Nominating Committee met to review the candidates for membership, to assess ways to standardize the nomination process including a candidate evaluation form that members could use to determine their own preliminary ranking of candidates prior to the Business Meeting, and to discuss election procedures.

Hong Kong lights from Victoria Peak
Hong Kong lights from Victoria Peak

Several social events took place to which all AOI Members and their guests were invited. On the evening of June 27th, following our Business Meeting, our Special Scientific Session, and a beautifully-presented buffet AOI Luncheon, Members and their guests were generously included in a visit to Victoria Peak at sunset and a special dinner.

On the evening of the Opening Ceremony, Sunday, June 29th, we were in attendance at the Gala Dinner held in the Convention Center. Outstanding entertainment matched the delightful company and extraordinary food. Then, at the end of the afternoon of Monday, June 20th, we were treated to a splendid Reception for Speakers held on the 44th floor of Hong Kong’s second tallest building with stunning views of the skyline.

Forty-two Members were in attendance at the AOI Business Meeting.

2008 meeting attendees gather for photograph. Front row (l. to r.): Profs. Lam, Lim, Nakajima, J. Barraquer, Süveges, Watson, Lichter, Verdaguer, Nagpal, Selvarajah. Middle row: Profs. Ohno, R. Barraquer, Lewis, Billson, Theodossiadis, Tso, Murubé, Contreras, Spivey, Murray, Tassignon, G. Rao, Miyake, Shimizu, Sieving, Ishibashi, Straatsma. Back row: Profs. Moore, Belfort, Tano, Graue, Constable, De Laey, Gloor, Taylor, Lang, Sommer, Burnier, Smith, Ryan, Zagorski, Sahel
2008 meeting attendees gather for photograph. Front row (l. to r.): Profs. Lam, Lim, Nakajima, J. Barraquer, Süveges, Watson, Lichter, Verdaguer, Nagpal, Selvarajah.  Middle row: Profs. Ohno, R. Barraquer, Lewis, Billson, Theodossiadis, Tso, Murubé, Contreras, Spivey, Murray, Tassignon, G. Rao, Miyake, Shimizu, Sieving, Ishibashi, Straatsma. Back row: Profs. Moore, Belfort, Tano, Graue, Constable, De Laey, Gloor, Taylor, Lang, Sommer, Burnier, Smith, Ryan, Zagorski, Sahel

During his report, President Peter Watson thanked Prof. Dennis Lam and his outstanding staff for attending to every detail of our meeting. He and others thanked the WOC organizers and staff for all of the hospitality being shown to our members and their guests. Reports were also presented by the Secretary-General, Prof. Lichter, and the by the Treasurer, Prof. Gloor. The following newly inducted Members of the Academia received from President Watson their AOI certificates and medals: Professors Dennis Lam (Chair XXXVII), Professor Anthony Moore (Chair VI) and Professor José Sahel.

Prof. Dennis Lam and President Watson
Prof. Dennis Lam and President Watson
Professor Anthony Moore (Chair VI)
Professor Anthony Moore (Chair VI)
Professor José Sahel and President Watson
Professor José Sahel and President Watson
 

The Academia’s continuing support of IFOS/ICO Fellowships was reaffirmed and a decision made to support up to four fellowships per year.

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Academia Elects New Members

Outstanding candidates were nominated for membership in the AOI and four new members were elected.

Professor Richard Abbott elected to the AOI (Chair XXVII)

Richard Abbott holds the Thomas W. Boyden Endowed Chair and is Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco. Professor Abbott is a cornea and refractive surgery subspecialist. Besides his full-time activities in patient care, education, and research, Prof. Abbott has made major contributions to ophthalmology on a national and international scale. Activities in the American Academy of Ophthalmology include chairing critical committees to develop practice guidelines and now a curriculum for the Maintenance of Certification Review Course to help prepare ophthalmologists to take a certificate-renewal examination every 10 years. Prof. Abbott is President of the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology and has served that organization and its Foundation in several leadership capacities. He is a member of the International Council of Ophthalmology and chairs its Eye Care Clinical Guidelines Committee.

 

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Professor Jorge Alio elected to the AOI (Chair LXIII)

Jorge Alio is Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology at the University Miguel Hernandez, Alicante, Spain.  He is a busy ophthalmologist with his activities in the clinical subspecialties of inflammation and neovascularization. He also specializes in refractive surgery and anterior segment.

In 1996 Dr. Alio created one of the most prestigious private institutions in Spain, the Ophthalmological Institute of Alicante which later became the VISSUM Oftalmologica Corporation and is dedicated to the investigation and development of visual sciences. He has published 550 articles in scientific journals, has 36 patents and 31 awards for his clinical work and research in ophthalmology, 11 of them international awards such as the Arruga award, Rayned Medal and Benedetto Strampelli award. He is author and co-editor of 60 books and 180 book chapters and has given numerous lectures throughout his career.  Prof. Alio was the co-founder of the International Ocular Inflammation Society; President of International Society of Refractive Surgery and Chairman of the editorial board of “Ocular Surgery News”. Slides from the introduction of Prof. Alio (powerpoint)

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Professor Narsing Rao elected to the AOI (Chair LXI)

Narsing Rao is Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology and Gertrude Stieger Vision Research Chair of Ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He also serves as Director of the A. Ray Irvine, Jr. Ophthalmic Pathology Lab at Doheny Eye Institute which is the cornerstone of the teaching program for its residents, and the Director of the Inflammation, Uveitis and AIDS Service. Dr. Rao has received numerous honors and awards from Research to Prevent Blindness and the National Institutes of Health for his research endeavors on ocular inflammatory diseases. He is the recipient of the Lorenz Zimmerman Gold Medal from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Ramon L. Font medal from Pan American Society of Ophthalmology, the International Ocular Inflammation Society Award, and the prestigious Bietti medal from International Council of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Rao holds memberships in the American Uveitis Society, the International Uveitis Study Group and the Verhoeff-Zimmerman Society. He has published over 375 peer reviewed articles in American and international journals, and 4 books on ophthalmic diseases.

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Professor Peter Wiedemann elected to the AOI (Chair LXII)

Peter Wiedemann is Professor and Chairman in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Leipzig. He is also Director of the University Eye Hospital. He has served as Vice Rektor for the entire University and led one of the most impressive turnarounds in Ophthalmology in the world, making his eye clinic currently one of the best in Germany.

Professor Wiedemann is internationally recognized for his academic and clinical accomplishments in retina, pharmacology and cell and molecular biology. He is the EUPO representative for Germany and the EVER Program Secretary for Retina. In 2009 he will become the President of the German Ophthalmology Society. His other memberships include The Advisory Committee of the International Council of Ophthalmology and the prestigious Academia Leopoldina.

Dr. Wiedemann has over 300 publications to his credit.

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Prof. Michael Blumenthal
Prof. Michael Blumenthal

Oral Obituary for Professor Michael Blumenthal

Professor Marie-José Tassignon delivered a warm and informative obituary to remember Professor Michael Blumenthal, one of Israel’s most prominent ophthalmologists who was a strong contributor to ophthalmology and to academic medicine. Prof. Blumenthal will be remembered for his practical approach to cataract surgery and for his many surgical innovations. He earned the great respect of his fellow Academicians and of colleagues throughout the world.

Prof. Marie-José Tassignon
Prof. Marie-José Tassignon

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Oral Obituary for Professor Gerard Crock

Prof. Taylor and photo of Prof. Crock
Prof. Taylor and photo of Prof. Crock

Professor Gerard Crock was remembered in an intimate obituary presented by fellow countryman Prof. Hugh Taylor. Professor Crock was widely known for his invention of a spectacle-based indirect ophthalmoscope and for numerous observations of great clinical import on angle-closure glaucoma and in glaucoma in general. He had the great respect of his fellow academicians and will be greatly missed.

Slides from the obituary presentation (powerpoint)

Obituary (pdf)

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AOI Special Scientific Session Features Inaugural Lectures and Member talks

Prof. Lam's Inaugural Lecture
Prof. Lam's Inaugural Lecture
Prof. Frank Billson
Prof. Frank Billson
Prof. Miguel Burnier
Prof. Miguel Burnier
Prof. Frank Billson
Prof. Frank Billson
Prof. Juan Murubé
Prof. Juan Murubé
Prof. Ronald Smith
Prof. Ronald Smith
Prof. George Theodossiadis
Prof. George Theodossiadis
Prof. Juan Verdaguer
Prof. Juan Verdaguer

Inaugural Lectures were delivered by the three newly inducted Members; Professor Dennis Lam’s talk was entitled “Achieving international excellence in ophthalmology - from concept to realization.”

 

The second Inaugural Lecture was presented by Professor Anthony Moore, entitled “From Darkness to light: prospects for therapy for childhood retinal disease.” Slides from Prof. Moore's presentation (powerpoint)

 

Professor José Sahel delivered the third Inaugural Lecture entitled “Rescue of photoreceptors in retinal degenerations. A translational approach.” Slides from Prof. Sahel's presentation (powerpoint)

 

Seven Members delivered talks in the Special Scientific Session: 

 

Professor Frank Billson presented “Electrophysiological Insights into Optic Neuropathy.” Slides from Prof. Billson's presentation (powerpoint)

 

Professor Miguel Burnier spoke on “New Therapeutic Targets on Uveal Melanoma.”

 

This was followed by Professor Balder Gloor’s talk on “The Eye of Horus and a Glimpse of Egyptian Handling of Numbers.” Slides from Prof. Gloor's presentation (powerpoint)

 

Next, Professor Juan Murubé spoke on “Surgical Treatment of Dry Eye: Easy and Difficult Surgeries"followed by Prof. Ronald Smith’s member lecture on “Cornea and Anterior Segment Imaging with OCT: Diagnosis and Surgical Planning.” Slides from Prof. Murubé's presentation (powerpoint) or Slides from Prof. Smith's presentation (powerpoint).

 

The sixth member talk was presented by Prof. George Theodossiadis,  “Vitreous Findings in Optic Disk Pit Maculopathy Based on Optical Coherence Tomography.” Prof. Juan Verdaguer closed the member paper session with his enlightening talk on “Jose Rizal in Hong Kong.” Slides from Prof. Verdaguer's presentation (powerpoint)

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AOI Oration by Professor Arthur K.C. Li

Left to right: Professor Dennis Lam, Professor Arthur K.C. Li and AOI President Peter Watson following Professor Li’s Academia Oration
Left to right:  Professor Dennis Lam,  Professor Arthur K.C. Li and AOI President Peter Watson following Professor Li’s Academia Oration

The AOI was honored in having the Academia Oration delivered by Professor Arthur K.C. Li. He received a very generous and thoughtful introduction from President Watson.

Professor Li played a critical role in the development of ophthalmology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the former Dean of the School of Medicine; Past Head of the Department of Surgery, Chinese University Medical School; and Former Secretary of Education and Manpower. His Oration provided a glimpse into how ophthalmology fits into the larger context of a medical school and why it is important for medicine in general to support specialties like ophthalmology. Slides from the introduction of Prof. Li (powerpoint)

Following his well-received and informative Oration, Prof. Li was presented by President Watson with a Christofle black lacquer box with engraved silver lid and handle.  

Following the Special Scientific Session and the Academia Oration, Members were joined by their guests for a delightful lunch adjacent to the meeting room, through the courtesy of the WOC.

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AOI Symposia in the World Ophthalmology Congress

AOI Symposium participant Prof. Jialiang Zhou as Co-Chairs Profs. Coscas and Taylor look on.
AOI Symposium participant Prof. Jialiang Zhou as Co-Chairs Profs. Coscas and Taylor look on.

The AOI was invited to present two symposia as part of the WOC. The first, on Imaging in Ophthalmology was organized by Professor Hugh Taylor and co-chaired by him and Prof. Gabriel Coscas.

The program was as follows:

Symposium:   “Diagnostic Imaging in Ophthalmology”
                       Co-chairs: Hugh R. Taylor and Gabriel Coscas
1. Imaging in Refractive Errors:
Eye Wavefront Measurement and Analysis
Rafael Barraquer
2. Imaging in Uveitis Rubens Belfort
3. Imaging in Scleral Diseases Peter Watson
4. Imaging the Anterior Segment of the Eye Marie-José Tassignon
5. Imaging in Glaucoma Jialing Zhao
6. Imaging in Diabetic Retinopathy Bill Tasman
7. Imaging the Macula Yasuo Tano
8. Panel Discussion  

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AOI Lecture by Professor Yasuo Tano

President Watson (right) presenting AOI Lecturer Prof. Yasuo Tano with a commemorative gift at the conclusion of his Lecture. Prof. Tano’s last slide shows how he came full circle in his talk and the “Back to the Future” theme recalls the procedure of scleral reinforcement—first described a half century ago as perhaps today’s best option for attempting to slow or halt the progression of severe degenerative myopia.
President Watson (right) presenting AOI Lecturer Prof. Yasuo Tano with a commemorative gift at the conclusion of his Lecture. Prof. Tano’s last slide shows how he came full circle in his talk and the “Back to the Future” theme recalls the procedure of scleral reinforcement—first described a half century ago as perhaps today’s best option for attempting to slow or halt the progression of severe degenerative myopia.

Following the Symposium, Academician Yasuo Tano was warmly introduced by Prof. Watson and delivered a superb Academia Lecture on "Pathological Myopia: Where Are We Going?"  Following his well-illustrated and thoroughly research Lecture, Professor Tano was presented by President Watson with a commemorative engraved gift. Slides from the introduction of Prof. Tano (powerpoint)

The second symposium, “How To” Teach Ophthalmic Subspecialties by the World’s Best Teachers," was organized by Prof. Peter Watson and co-chaired by Profs. Pran Nagpal and Anthony Murray.

Symposium: "How To” Teach Ophthalmic Subspecialties by the World’s Best Teachers
                     Co-chairs: Pran Nagpal and Anthony Murray
1. How to teach Strabismus Anthony Murray
2. How to teach Corneal Repair Ildiko Suveges
3. How to teach Cataract Surgery Marie José Tassignon
4. How to teach Glaucoma Surgery James Standefer
5. How to teach Retinal Detachment Surgery Pran Nagpal
6. How to teach Photocoagulation       Francesco Bandello
7. How to teach Ocular Oncology                                Bradley Straatsma
8. How to teach Genetics Ian Constable
9. How to teach Refractive Surgery   Choun-Ki Joo

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Academia Lectures in Other Meeting Venues

During the 2008 year, Academicians were invited to deliver AOI Lectures as a part of scientific programs in a number of meetings in various parts of the world.  Each of these Lectures were highlighted in the meeting programs and began with a brief description of the Academia by way of background for attendees. 

Rafael Barraquer –

  • February 2, 2008 in Yokohama (Japanese Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons) on "Overview of Ophthalmic Surgery"
  • May 8, 2008 in Sibenik (Croatian Ophthalmological Society), on "Applications of Femtosecond Laser in Anterior Segment and Refractive Surgery"

Balder P. Gloor –

  • November 27, 2008 in Zurich, Switzerland on “The History of Localization of the Seeing Process --  Hypotheses and Structures” (as a seminar of the Institute of History of Medicine)
  • December 15, 2008 in Zurich, Switzerland  (Postgraduate lecture, University Eye Hospital) on “Glaucoma before and after Hans Goldmann”

Co-chairs, P.N. Nagpal and G.N. Rao, led a symposium at the AOI Session at All-India Ophthalmological Society on February 1, 2008 in Bangalore, India.  The program was as follows:

1. Thickness change of the retina in diabetic subjects Francesco Bandello
2. Eye Care to the underserved populations G.N. Rao
3. Correction of Astigmatism and IOL miscalculation in penetrating keratoplasty     Joaquin Barraqquer
4. Genetics of age related macular degeneration Irene Maumenee
5. Experiences with Anti-VEGF therapies Francesco Bandelo
6. Problems of large diameter penetrating keratoplasties Joaquin Barraquer
7. Less addressed aspects of ARMD   P.N. Nagpal 

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Announcement of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Academia will take place in San Francisco on Friday, October 23, 2009 in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Profs. J. Barraquer, Murubé, and Contreras
Profs. J. Barraquer, Murubé, and Contreras
Profs. Süveges and Tassignon
Profs. Süveges and Tassignon
Profs. Smith, Belfort, Burnier, and Ryan
Profs. Smith, Belfort, Burnier, and Ryan
Prepared for the Opening Ceremony are (l. to r.) Profs Murubé, R. Barraquer, Theodossiadis, Rodriguez, Verdaguer, and Selvarajah
Prepared for the Opening Ceremony are (l. to r.) Profs Murubé, R. Barraquer, Theodossiadis, Rodriguez, Verdaguer, and Selvarajah
Profs. Taylor and Sommer
Profs. Taylor and Sommer
Four officers lead the AOI Member procession Profs. Lichter, Nagpal, Verdaguer, and Gloor (President Watson was in a VIP line)
Four officers lead the AOI Member procession Profs. Lichter, Nagpal, Verdaguer, and Gloor (President Watson was in a VIP line)
WOC Opening Ceremony with several AOI Members prominently represented on the dais
WOC Opening Ceremony with several AOI Members prominently represented on the dais

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