ESCRS/Alcon Fellowship 2019

Alcon and ESCRS announce Fellowship winner

Aidan Hanratty

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2019

ESCRS President Professor Béatrice Cochener-Lamard presenting the ESCRS/Alcon Young Ophthalmologist Fellowship to Dr Bogdan Spiru

The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) has announced the recipient of the ESCRS/Alcon Fellowship 2019. Bogdan Spiru, of the University Hospital of Marburg, Germany, has been awarded the Fellowship, a grant funded by Alcon, for a European ophthalmologist in training.

Doctor Spiru will use the €50,000 grant to fund a one-year fellowship at the Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular (IMO) in Barcelona, Spain in order to gain clinical experience in the field of cataract and refractive surgery. He has been accepted to work under Professor José L. Güell at the IMO.

Working as a resident in Marburg, Dr Spiru has had as a mentor Professor Walter Sekundo. He also undertook a five-week fellowship in Bangalore alongside Prof Sri Ganesh in 2018.

“I am very grateful and honoured to receive this award from ESCRS and look forward to working with the distinguished team of specialists at IMO Barcelona, it will be an honour to start new research projects with the team of Prof. Güell,” said Dr Spiru.

“This important grant complements the existing ESCRS young ophthalmologists’ programmes and initiatives designed to provide further education and training in the specialist field of cataract and refractive surgery.” said Professor Béatrice Cochener-Lamard, President of the ESCRS. “This is a unique lifetime opportunity to learn from peers and have an enriching experience in a different clinical environment.”

“Alcon is committed to supporting ophthalmologists throughout their training. This one-time grant is meant to encourage the new generation to observe practice, gain clinical experience and international exposure,” said Ian Bell, Alcon EMEA region President.

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