Keynote Lectures

Monday, 26.9.2005
12.30 - 13.00 hrs
ICC Hall 3
David Wong

Surgical Treatment of Age-related Macular Degeneration: From Proof of Principle to Practical Proposition

David Wong has a keen interest in vitreoretinal surgery. He graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1977, worked in St Paul’s Eye Hospital then Moorfields’ Eye Hospital, and completed his vitreoretinal fellowship at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. In 1987, he founded the British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons and was appointed Consultant to St Paul’s Eye Hospital in Liverpool. Currently, he is Chairman of the Scientific Committee and Vice-President to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.  

Tuesday, 27.9.2005
12.30 - 13.00 hrs
ICC Hall 3
Christophe Baudouin

New Imaging Techniques for Assessing Ocular Surface Diseases

Christophe Baudouin is professor of Ophthalmology in Paris since 1995, after achieving his MD in Nice in 1989 and a PhD in Paris in 1992. Since 1995, he is also the head of the department of Ophthalmology, Ambroise Paré Hospital, APHP, University of Versailles, and became in 2000 the head of the Department III of Quinze-Vingts National Ophthalmology Hospital, Paris. Since 1997, he coordinates a group of research involved in ocular surface immunology and glaucoma treatments, and is now associate director of the INSERM unit U598, University Paris 5. He is also editor-in-chief of the French Journal of Ophthalmology, president of the Ophthalmological Society of Paris and member of eight international societies. He has published more than 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and has developed in his laboratory various original techniques, based on conjunctival imprints, flow cytometry and in vivo or ex vivo confocal microscopy, for assessing ocular surface inflammatory reactions and the effects of topical drugs. Using these procedures and in vitro or experimental studies performed in his laboratory, his research is therefore mainly focussed on dry eye, ocular allergy or toxic side-effects induced by topical treatments, especially in glaucoma.  

Wednesday, 28.9.2005
12.30 - 13.00 hrs
ICC Hall 3
Roger Hitchings

The EGS and Glaucoma Care in Europe

IGA Professor of Ophthalmology and senior glaucoma specialist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, England. He has particular interest in glaucoma surgery, imaging, Normal Tension Glaucoma and glaucoma genetics. Roger Hitchings has authored and edited 3 books, 15 book chapters and over 200 peerreviewed papers on glaucoma. He is currently president of the European Glaucoma Society, and sits on the editorial board of 5 ophthalmic journals. In addition to his glaucoma practice, R. Hitchings is the R+D Director for Moorfields Eye Hospital, responsible for co-ordinating research between the Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology. He has recently developed a national 5-year Research Strategy for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.  

Thursday, 29.9.2005
12.30 - 13.00 hrs
ICC Hall 3
Thomas Kohnen

Bridging Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Thomas Kohnen is Professor of Ophthalmology, and Deputy Chairman and Head of the Refractive Surgical Unit, Ophthalmology Clinic, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. Professor Kohnen´s research interests include clinical and experimental cataract and refractive surgery, particularly excimer surgery and implants to correct refractive errors, cornea and glaucoma. He has authored more than 100 articles in such journals as Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Professor Kohnen attended Medical School in Aachen and Bonn and passed residency in Bonn and Gießen. He took a fellowship at the military hospital in Ulm after which he accepted a two-year research-fellowship at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, which was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.