Specialists and researchers from around the world gathered in London, UK for the 14th annual Congress of the European Society of Retina Specialists (EURETINA). A total of 5,447 delegates attended the Congress, the highest number of attendees in the history of the society.
Addressing delegates at the Opening Ceremony, Francesco Bandello MD, president of EURETINA and chairman of the Programme Committee, said EURETINA continued to go from strength to strength.
"This is thanks to the participation of highly regarded speakers and the willingness of so many delegates to travel from afar to hear their contributions,” he said.
Prof Bandello said that he believed that the strategy of combining forces with the ESCRS and EuCornea to hold overlapping meetings was the right one for delegates with so many pressing demands on their time.
“I believe that the combination of three superior scientific programmes provides a unique forum for global networking and makes our congress in London a stimulating hub of research and knowledge exchange in worldwide ophthalmology,” he said.
The EURETINA Lecture 2014 was delivered this year by Robert MacLaren, professor of ophthalmology at the University of Oxford, on “Gene Therapy for Retinal Disease-What Lies Ahead”.
Johanna M Seddon, professor of ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, US delivered the annual Kreissig Lecture at the 14th EURETINA Congress on the topic of “Understanding the mechanisms and etiology of macular degeneration-genetics and modifiable factors”.
First prize in the EURETINA Video Awards went to Maria Isabel Relimpio Lopez, of Spain for her video entitled “Partial Lamellar Sclerouvectomy of two ciliary body tumours: Two surgical techniques.”
A device designed by Marc de Smet, Clinique de Montchoisi, and Lausanne, Switzerland to provide robotic assistance for micrometre precision in vitreoretinal surgery was awarded first prize in the third EURETINA Science and Medicine Innovation Award.
Second prize was awarded to Robert MacLaren of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom for his research into the development of the AAV.REP1 vector for the delivery of genes in incurable retinal diseases such as choroideremia.
Organised by EURETINA and sponsored by Alcon and Novartis, the third annual Retina Race took over five kilometres around London’s Docklands area. All proceeds from the race went to Orbis.
Over 120 runners of all ages took part in the race which was won by Frederic Gobert, from La Rochelle, France who completed the course in 16 minutes and 33 seconds.