Newsletter 2012

The XXXVIII Meeting of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis
took place in Abu Dhabi, UAE in conjunction with the
World Ophthalmology Congress 2012.

The WOC Congress was held at the ADNEC Abu Dhabi Convention Center from
16-20 February, 2012. Members and their guests had ample opportunity to
participate in Congress activities as well as enjoy the sights and attractions of Abu
Dhabi. The WOC was the largest convention in Abu Dhabi to date. The WOC
meeting was beautifully organized under the leadership of its President Abdulaziz
Ibrahim AlRajhi.
Social events included the President’s Reception on Wednesday, February 15, the
spectacular opening ceremony which reflected the theme, significance, and heritage
of the MEACO Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Cultural Night at the Emirates
Palace on February 17, 2012.
We are grateful to MEACO for their hospitality during our visit to Abu Dhabi.

Opening Ceremony
Abdulaziz AlRajhi, President WOC, and Peter Wiedemann, Chair WOC Scientific Program

Business meeting (Friday, February 17,2012)

During the business meeting four new members were given medals, pins, and
documents.

President Paul Lichter and Prof. Daniel E. Etya´alé (chair XV)
President Paul Lichter and Prof. Paul P. Lee (chair II)
President Paul Lichter and Prof. Anselm Kampik (chair IX)
President Paul Lichter and Prof. Ioannis Pallikaris (Chair XVII)

Academia Elects New Members

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

Prof. Tero T. Kivelä (chair XVIII)
Prof. Xiaoxin Li (chair XXXIX)
Prof. Boris E. Malyugin (chair XLII)
Prof. Robert Ritch (chair LI)
Prof. Birgit Lorenz (chair LIV)
Prof. Pinar Aydin O´Dwyer (chair LVI)

49 Academicians attended the business meeting

Special Scientific Session

The special scientific session was opened after the business meeting. First the
following obituary was delivered by Prof. SJ Ryan.



Carl Kupfer, M.D. Obituary


Carl Kupfer, the founding director of the National Eye Institute at NIH passed away on April 7, 2011. As the first director of the National Eye Institute (NEI), he saw the NEI budget grow from $24 million in 1970 to more than $450 million in 2000 when he stepped down as director.
Dr. Kupfer championed controlled clinical trials in a number of major eye diseases including diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma and retinopathy of prematurity among many other diseases.
Dr. Kupfer was a member of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis and was very active in international ophthalmology including serving as president of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness from 1982-1990.

Dr. Kupfer was born in Brooklyn in 1928 and he received his undergraduate degree from Yale and then his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore in 1952 where he completed his residency at the Wilmer Institute. He was a research fellow in ophthalmology at both Wilmer and Harvard Medical School where became an assistant professor and then went to the University of Washington in Seattle in 1966 as the chairman of the department and came to the NEI as director in 1970.

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Inaugural Lectures

were then delivered by the four newly inducted Members;
The first Inaugural Lecture was presented by Prof. Daniel Etyà alé: „The challenges of delivering comprehensive eye care services in SSA in the 21st century!"

 

Prof. Paul Lee delivered the second lecture entitled: „Assessing the content of eye care: varying perspectives for the future"

To remember

 

 

 

The third lecture was presented by Prof. Anselm Kampik: The vitreoretinal interface - from pathology to clinical implications"

 

Finally Prof. Joannis Pallikaris presented: „Accommodative IOLs, how do they accommodate?“

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Member presentations

followed during the Special Scientific Session beginning with Prof. Pran Nagpal: “Changing over to new techniques and new technology--Creating awareness of misleading evidences"
(http://www.a-o-int.org/fileadmin/Mediathek/Member_Presentations/EVALUATING_THE_NEW.pdf)

 

Prof. Gerd Lang followed with : „Anterior segment OCT in diagnosis and
management“.

 

Prof. Marie-José Tassignon spoke on: „New insights on paediatric cataract
surgery“.

 

And Prof. Petja Vassileva presented: „Challenges of herpetic eye disease“

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Academia Oration

Prof. Paul Lichter introduced the Orator Prof. Jean-Jacques DeLaey, Belgium, who presented his lecture: "Retinal imaging, from Helmholtz's ophthalmoscope to adaptive optics". (http://www.a-o-int.org/fileadmin/Mediathek/Member_Presentations/Retinal_Imaging_J-J_DeLaey_web.pdf)

Prof. Paul Lichter during introduction of the Orator


At the conclusion of our Special Scientific Session on Sunday, March 20th, the
annual Academia Luncheon was held in honour of our AOI Orator, Prof. Dr.
Jean-Jacques DeLaey of Bruges, Belgium.

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AOI Symposia

The following symposia were held during the Congress

AOI symposium at WOC2012 Abu Dhabi (Sunday, March 19, 2012):

“Diagnosis and management of Retinopathy in Progressive Myopia"


Chairs: JORGE L ALIO and PETER WIEDEMANN

JORGE ALIO

“The mystery of high myopia”

TIEN WONG

“Prevelance and importance of myopic degeneration

as a major cause of legal blindness in the myope”

FRANCESCO BANDELLO

“The myopic retina: what makes it spoilt?”

TATSURO ISHIBASHI

“Types and classification of retinal degeneration in high myopia”

GEORGE P THEODOSSIADIS

“Retinal detachment in the high myope: anatomical

and visual outcomes of retinal repair”

MARIA JOSE TASSIGNON

“Lens surgery in the high myope: how to balance the

retinal risk with the benefit”

PAUL LICHTER

“Introduction: AOI lecture”

GISELE SOUBRANE

“Mechanisms of Central Vision Loss in Myopic Eyes”

 

President Paul Lichter and AOI lecturer Prof. Gisele Soubrane

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AOI symposium at WOC 2012 Abu Dhabi (Monday, March 20, 2012):

"Milestones in Ophthalmology"

Chair: JEAN-JACQUES DE LAEY

HUGH TAYLOR

“Trachoma”

FRANK BILLSON

“ROP”

JORGE ALIO

“IOL and Ridley”

BILL TASMAN

“Charles Schepens: from Mouscron to Boston”

JOHN MARSHALL

“Excimer Laser”

J.J. DE LAEY

“Vesalius. 500 years of ocular anatomy”


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AOI Symposia at APAO 2012 Busan, Corea:

"Update on corneal diagnosis and treatment"


Chairs: TETSURO OSHIKA and RICHARD ABBOTT


RICHARD ABBOTT

“Clinical pearls in the management of corneal trauma"

CHARLES MCGHEE

"What have we learned from imaging the keratoconic

cornea by in vivo confocal microscopy"

TETSURO OSHIKA

"Optical quality of ocular surface and visual function"

CHOUN-KI JOO

"Clinical results and complications of Intacs segment

implantation"

LIXIN XIE

"Corneal infection"

RAJESH FOGLA

"Modified technique of big bubble deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) and results"

SHIGETO SHIMMURA

"Endothelial keratoplasty in Asian eyes"


 

 

“Posterior segment complications of anterior segment surgery”


Chair: ABHAY R. VASAVADA

ABHAY VASAVADA

“Posterior capsule rupture and its management”

MANISH NAGPAL

“Update on management of nucleus/lens matter drop”

PAUL LICHTER

“Implications and management of postoperative choroidal detachments”

RON YEOH

“Preventing retinal problems during phaco”

MARIE-JOSE TASSIGNON

“Retinal detachment after cataract surgery”

SJAKON TAHIJA

“Macula and cataract surgery (ARMD and / or diabetic maculopathy"

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The following symposia will be held in 2013:

Management of difficult glaucomas


Robert Ritch, Hugh Taylor, Paul Lichter

Rubens Belfort, Brazil

Glaucoma and uveitis

Dennis Lam, China

Iridocorneal endothelial syndrome

Harminder Dua, Great Britain

Managing glaucoma in eyes with opaque corneas

Tero Kivela, Finland

Management of glaucoma in eyes with melanoma

Zbiginiew Zagorski, Poland

Epithelial ingrowth 

Birgit Lorenz, Germany

Genetics of primary and secondary congenital

glaucoma. Prognostic and therapeutic consequences.

Robert Ritch, USA

Glaucoma in the phakomatoses

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Medical Ethics in Ophthalmology. Debate & Didactic and Discussion

(Co-Sponsored by AOI, ICO & SC. Committee AIOS)


Chair - Dr Pinar Aydin, Turkey Moderator - Dr Kadircan Keskinbora, Turkey
Convener - Dr P N Nagpal, India

Ethics of implanting multifocal IOL’s For Implanting – Dr D Ramamurthy
Against Implanting – Dr Marie-Jose Tassignon
Rebuttal – Dr D Ramammurthy – India
Ethics of Physician – Industry Interaction – Dr Paul Lichter – USA
Medical Ethics – Limitations & Compromises in Enforcement – Dr P N Nagpal – India-s
Ethics – Caught or Taught – Should it be a part of the curriculum – Dr Bruce E. Spivey- USA
Encouraging Group Practices – Different Types -Introduction - Dr A R Vasavada – India
Ethics and Ocular Research Activity – What to care - Dr Pinar Aydin – Turkey
Panel Discussion – 25 mts

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Symposium of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis

At SOE 2013, 8-10 June, Copenhagen, Denmark



Alternative options for corneal transplantation

Chairman: M.J. Tassignon, M.J. Jager, R. Abbott

 

 

R. Abbott, San Francisco, USA

The worldwide need for corneal transplants.

M.J. Tassignon, Antwerp, Belgium

SOCT epithelial stem cell transplantation.

G. Vemuganti, Hyderabad, India

Experience with cultured donor cells.

M.J. Jager, Leiden, the Netherlands

Fish-scale derived corneal tissue.

M. Griffith, Linkoping, Sweden

Collagen-derived artificial corneas.

K.A. Colby, Boston, USA

Boston keratoprosthesis in children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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