A record number of medical and surgical retina specialists from all over the world converged on London, UK, at the end of May to attend the 11th EURETINA Congress in the Queen Elizabeth II Centre.
A total of 3,000 delegates attended the congress making it not only the largest EURETINA meeting in the history of the society, but also establishing it as the largest retina meeting ever convened. Last year’s congress in the Palais des Congrès, Porte Maillot, Paris was attended by 2,700 delegates.
Addressing the audience at the official Opening Ceremony, EURETINA president, Bill Aylward said the attendance bore testimony to the quality of education and insight the meeting provides to retinal specialists.
“Each meeting has been larger than the previous one and this year’s meeting has nearly 3,000 registrations, so we’re very sure we’re giving you what you want. We have 13 main sessions, 24 instructional courses, 11 free paper sessions plus all the extras that we think make EURETINA special but we still want your feedback because we want to make this meeting better and better,” he said.
Prof Borja Corcostegui MD, Spain, a past-president and founding member of EURETINA, delivered the EURETINA Lecture, titled “Modern directions for the surgery of diabetic retinopathy”.
The Kreissig Lecture was delivered by Lawrence A Yannuzzi MD, USA on the topic of, “The Spectrum of Vitelliform Lesions in the Macula.”
The winner of the inaugural EURETINA Innovation Awards was Prof Martin Rudolf of the University of Lübeck in Germany who received a cheque for €20,000 for his work on novel drug candidates for the prevention and treatment of AMD by reducing pathological lipid deposition and inflammation in the eye.
Second prize and a cheque for €10,000 was awarded to Prof Eberhart Zrenner of the University of Tübingen, Germany, for his research demonstrating how subretinal electronic implants can restore basic visual function in blind retinitis pigmentosa patients.
The winner of the EURETINA Video Competition was Chien Wong MD, USA, for the video “Uveal effusion syndrome: diagnosis and management”.
Second prize went to Alexandre Assi MD, Lebanon, for “Modified 20-gauge transconjunctival sutureless sclerotomies for pars plana vitrectomy” and third prize went to Mahmut Dogramaci MD, UK for “Photo-stress during removal of silicone oil”.
The Kreissig Grant, an award of €1,000 to a retinal specialist from a less privileged part of the world, to help them attend the meeting, was presented to Dennis Sibanda MD, Zimbabwe.