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Congress exceeds expectations

Gathering of retinal experts builds on high standards of previous congresses

Colin Kerr

Posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

EURETINA president Jan Van Meurs addressing delegates at the Opening Ceremony of the 17th EURETINA Congress in Barcelona, Spain

More than 4,900 delegates were registered for the 17th EURETINA Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

This year’s Congress surpassed all expectations, both in terms of the attendance and the scope of its activities, said Professor Jan van Meurs, outgoing President of EURETINA.

Prof van Meurs said that this year’s gathering of retinal experts had built on the high standards set by previous congresses.

“The 17th EURETINA Congress presented more scientific modules than ever before,” he said. “The programme also saw the return of World Retina Day, now in its third year, with contributions from international retina societies and sub-groups. We were also delighted to launch a new initiative dedicated to Young Retina Specialists (YOURS), which underscores the society’s commitment to the future development of our specialty,” said Prof Van Meurs.

The EURETINA Lecture 2017 was delivered by Francine Behar-Cohen of France, discussing the optimised use of ocular steroids.

Other highlights of the meeting included the Gisbert Richard Lecture on the topic “Selecting the Appropriate Surgical Technique for Retinal Detachment”, which was delivered by Borja Corcóstegui, Institut Microcirurgia Ocular, Barcelona, Spain.

Donald Jackson Coleman MD, FACS, delivered the Kreissig Lecture on the topic “Macular Degeneration and Treatment of the Ischemia of the Choroid”.

In the EURETINA video competition awards, first prize was shared jointly by Subhendu Kumar Boral of India, for his entry on innovative approaches to deal with difficult retained intraocular foreign bodies, and Laura Sararols Ramsay of Spain, for her video entitled “Posterior Hyaloid Dissection: Let’s make it easy with blue”.

Prof Van Meurs, at the conclusion of his last Congress as EURETINA president, offered his best wishes to incoming EURETINA president Sebastian Wolf, and said that he looked forward to seeing everyone next February in Budapest for the 8th EURETINA Winter Meeting and Vienna in September 2018 for the 18th EURETINA Congress.