Budapest Hosts EURETINA Winter Meeting

Meeting put the spotlight on clinical studies and education

Dermot McGrath

Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018

Jan van Meurs,
Chairperson of the EURETINA Winter Meeting

Retinal specialists from around the globe converged on the banks of the Danube this weekend for the 8th EURETINA Winter Meeting, the first time that the winter meeting has taken place in Budapest.

Addressing the packed auditorium, Jan van Meurs, Chairperson of the EURETINA Winter Meeting, welcomed delegates to this historic European country for what he hoped would prove a lively and stimulating meeting.

“While traditionally the EURETINA Winter Meeting has focused on research-related topics, this time we are excited to put the spotlight more on clinical studies and education. We have an excellent programme with a host of international experts to share their insights with us.

“I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Hungarian ophthalmological community who have helped us at incredibly short notice in organizing this meeting,” he said.

Andrea Facskó, President of the Hungarian Society of Ophthalmology, said that she was honoured on behalf of her organisation to welcome more than 500 delegates to Budapest.

“This educational conference will provide a wonderful forum for you to refresh your knowledge base and explore innovations in diagnostic and therapeutic fields of the retina. The meeting will also offer plenty of networking opportunities and the opportunity to interact with leading scientists and researchers.

“Above all, the EURETINA Winter Meeting gives us the chance to discuss key points of scientific and professional policies and strategies, helping us to define how we should encourage responsible practice in our special medical field,” she said.

There were three Poster Prize Winners chosen from nearly 50 Posters. María Paz Santos Ramos from Spain was awarded third place for her presentation on “Early diagnosis of type I choroidal neovascularization in patients with exudative age-related macular degeneration by optical coherence tomography angiography”. In second place was Aniko Balogh from Hungary, with a presentation on “Retinal vascular density in patients with exudative AMD after anti-VEGF therapy: An optical coherence tomography angiography study”.

In first place was Monika Ecsedy, also from Hungary, whose presentation focused on “Mineralokortikoid antagonist therapy biomarkers in patients with chronic central serous chorioretinopathy”.

Hot topics of the weekend included sessions on diabetic retinopathy, imaging, vitreoretinal surgery and uveitis, with a free paper session covering a range of topics from retinal artery occlusion and AMD to varying treatment options and postoperative care.