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S01 Unmet needs in glaucoma

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The majority of patients afflicted with glaucoma live in the developing world, where medical treatment is impractical. How should we address the global burden of the disease, and can we design a process that is practical and self-sustaining? Can we help those impaired or nearly blind from the disease? Can we identify those most likely to deteriorate rapidly and focus our attention on them? Can we create a mobile medical record so that each new glaucoma provider gets a longer-term view of the patient’s history? Is neuro-protective treatment feasible in the near term? This Symposium will focus on the many unmet needs of interest to the wider glaucoma community.

Contributors

  • James Brandt, MD

    Affiliation: Professor of Ophthalmology & Vision Science and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the University of California, Davis, CA, USA

    Areas of Interest: Glaucoma, with a particular focus on infantile and pediatric glaucoma; Research in the material properties of the eye as they affect the measurement of intraocular pressure and in the physiology of outflow resistance; Nanotechnology and biomedical engineering to develop new methods to measure outflow resistance in the living human eye

    Leadership Position: Pamela Firman Professor of Ophthalmology at the Emory University until 1999; Director of the Glaucoma Service, Emory University 1988-1999; Founding Partner, Atlanta Ophthalmology Associates, 1999; Published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles on glaucoma, cataract surgery, and other aspects of eye care. Awarded 10 patents for new instruments to improve glaucoma and cataract surgery and has five other patents pending. Together with his wife, Dr. Mary Lynch, invented the Eyepass, a trabecular bypass device in 1999. They directed four FDA studies on Eyepass. Eyepass was approved for use in Europe in 2005; Chairman, ASCRS Glaucoma Clinical Committee, 2005-2010; Member, ASCRS Glaucoma Clinical Committee, (1997-); EyeWorld, Associate Editor, 2011; Numerous named lectures including the 2011 ASCRS Glaucoma Day Obstbaum Lecture

    Awards/Honors: Honor Award and Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology; Selected by his peers to be listed each year in Best Doctors in America; Featured in a separate peer survey in Atlanta Magazine as one of the best ophthalmologists in Atlanta

  • Clement C.Y. Tham

    Affiliations: S.H. Ho Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK);
    Honorary Chief-of-Service, Hong Kong Eye Hospital;
    Director, CUHK Eye Centre.

    Research Interest: The clinical efficacy and safety of surgical interventions in PACG eyes, including lens extraction, trabeculectomy (penetrating and non-penetrating), combined phaco-trabeculectomy, goniosynechialysis (GSL), glaucoma implant surgery, and laser cyclodestructive procedures (trans-scleral and endoscopic). The anatomical effects of surgery on the anterior segment structures in PACG eyes.
    Diurnal intraocular pressure profiles in glaucoma eyes, and the impact of different treatments on pressure fluctuations. Genetics of PACG.

    Leadership Positions: Secretary-General and CEO, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Board Member, Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Society (APGS) Member of Advisory Committee, International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Regional Advisor, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

    Special Honors:
    APAO Nakajima Award 2005
    The Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in Hong Kong 2005
    AAO Achievement Award 2008
    APAO Achievement Award 2010
    APAO Outstanding Service in Prevention of Blindness Award 2011
    APAO Holmes Lecture 2013
    APAO Distinguished Service Award 2013

  • Ivo Kocur MD MA MSc MBA

    Ivo Kocur MD MA MSc MBA is based at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva where he has served for over a decade. He was involved initially in the global coordination of "VISION 2020: The Right to Sight," a major international partnership for the elimination of avoidable blindness. Through the development of national eye health plans, international and national public health eye care workshops, data collection on eye care services and eye health, he has been actively engaged in assisting WHO member states regarding eye care projects worldwide. He has had a major role in the development of three World Health Assembly resolutions on the prevention of avoidable blindness globally, two comprehensive global action plans for eye health, including the most recent one, 2014-2019. His current focus is in the implementation of 2009-2013 global eye health action plan, covering best practice and cost effective interventions, monitoring of eye care provision, advocacy, human resource development, and educational programs. He is member of the International Advisory Panel to the International Council of Ophthalmology, the Global Education and Outreach Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and Editorial Advisor for the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. He previously taught at the Charles University Prague, Czech Republic, where he established the Lions International Educational Center of Ophthalmology, an institution that serves many European countries through the provision of educational programmes to eye care professionals, public health research, and monitoring of eye care services.

  • Paul Palmberg, MD, PhD

    Affiliation: Professor of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer
    Eye Institute,
    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA

    Areas of Interest: Glaucoma clinical trials; Glaucoma surgery; Slit lamp procedures in glaucoma management

    Leadership Position: Past President of the Pan-American Glaucoma Society, and Past President of the Medical Staff of the Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, Past President of the Miami Ophthalmology Society

    Awards/Honors: AIGS Glaucoma Award 2000 for the Advanced Glaucoma Intervention Study Banting and Best Award of the American Diabetes Association for the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial Best Doctors in America Shaffer Lecturer, American Academy of Ophthalmology

  • Dr. G Chandra Sekhar

    After receiving his basic medical degree in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, Dr. G Chandra Sekhar completed his residency in ophthalmology at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Dr. G Chandra has been associated with the LV Prasad Eye Institute from its inception in 1987. Dr. GC as he is popularly known is currently the Vice Chair and Director of Kallam Anji Reddy Campus at Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. He is an astute clinician and a passionate and popular teacher. As the head of the Glaucoma Service at LV Prasad Eye Institute, he has trained over 38 glaucoma fellows 8 of whom were international. His contributions as the Director of Education at LV Prasad Eye Institute have been recognized by the institution by creating a Chair on his name “G Chandra Sekhar Chair of Director of Education”.

    He has published over 92 papers in national and international peer reviewed journals and has been a reviewer for a number of Ophthalmology journals. He has delivered several named orations including the prestigious Professor P Siva Reddy Gold Medal Oration of the All India Ophthalmological Society. He holds the position of adjunct clinical Professor at the University of Rochester and Case Western Reserve University. He has served as the President of the Glaucoma Society of India (2005-06) and is a member of the Glaucoma Research Society affiliated to the International Council of Ophthalmology. He serves as a member of Board of Governors of World Glaucoma Association and in the Clinical Guidelines Committee of ICO.

  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard A. Sabel, PhD

    Biography: M.A. psychobiology, Univ. Düsseldorf (1982); PhD psychobiology and neuroscience, Clark Univ., Worcester, USA (1984); Post-doc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) (1984-1986); research scientist, Univ. Munich (Germany) (1987-1992); visiting neuroscientist Massachusetts General Hospital, Dept. Neurology, Harvard Medical School (1991). Full Professor Univ. Magdeburg/Germany (1992-); Research Fellow, Dept. Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, USA (1998-1999); visiting Research Fellow, Emory Univ., Neuro-Ophthalmolgy, Atlanta (USA) ( 1995); University Vice President for Research (2008-2010); Senior International Visiting Professor, Inst. Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (2011-2012); “Hai-ju” Professor at Beijing Tongren Eye Hospital, China (2013-). Member Governing Board Internatinal Association of Brain Injury (IBIA) (2010-); Member Executive Committee, Int Soc. Low Vision Res. Rehab. (2011-). Editor-in-chief of the journal RESTOR NEUROL NEUROSCI (1997-); Program project leader of European “ERA-net NEURON” Project REVIS “Vision restoration after stroke” (2012-2015).

    Research interests: Brain plasticity and recovery of vision following retina and brain damage in animals and patients. Clinical R&D in vision restoration after blindness using Glaucoma Vision Restoration Training (gVRT) and non-invasive electrical brain stimulation; Retinal imaging and drug delivery/ drug targeting using nanotechnology. Published >250 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters .

    Special honours: FULBRIGHT- and DAAD-scholarships; Cinquegrani–Award European Union Innovation Relay Centers (Florenz 2000); Leonardo DaVinci–Award, World Organis. Achiev. Human Potential, Philadelphia (USA), 2005; Science4life, 10th Natl business plan competition 3rd place (2009); High-tech start-up award, German National Ministry of Economics (2011); and "Hai-ju" Award, City of Beijing/China (2013).

  • Jeffrey M. Liebmann, MD

    Jeffrey M. Liebmann, MD graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1984, completed his ophthalmology residency at the State University of New York/Downstate Medical Center in 1987 and his glaucoma fellowship at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Liebmann is presently Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University School of Medicine and Director of Glaucoma Services at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital and New York University Langone Medical Center and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and American College of Surgeons. Dr. Liebmann currently is the immediate past-President of the American Glaucoma Society, Secretary-Treasurer of the New York Glaucoma Society and co-editor of Journal of Glaucoma and is a member of the Board of Governors of the World Glaucoma Association and Board of Directors of The Glaucoma Foundation. Dr. Liebmann has served as President of the New York Society for Clinical Ophthalmology and as member of the ARVO Glaucoma Section Planning Committee and is co-founder of the New York Glaucoma Research Institute, the American Glaucoma Society Foundation and ASCRS Glaucoma Day.

    In addition to maintaining a busy tertiary-care referral practice in New York City, Dr. Liebmann is Principal Investigator of the African Descent and Glaucoma Evaluation Study at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and is the author and/or co-author of more than 950 medical and scientific papers, book chapters, and abstracts. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad on glaucoma diagnosis and management. His current main areas of research interest include the causes of glaucoma, glaucoma progression, glaucoma surgery, ocular imaging, and neuroprotection.

  • Michael Boland, M.D., Ph.D

    Title: Assistant Professor and Director of Information Technology

    Affiliation: Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University

    Research Interest: Assessing the impact of electronic health records and other information technology on ophthalmology practice and patient care.  Quantitative analysis of optic nerve structure and function data.

    Leadership Positions:  Member of the AAO Medical Information Technology committee, DICOM working group 9 (ophthalmology standards), and the AGS subcommittee on electronic health records.

    Special Honours: ARVO/Alcon Early Career Clinician-Scientist Research Award (2009), AAO Achievement Award (2012)

  • Francesca Cordeiro, MD, PhD

    Affiliation: Professor of the Glaucoma and Retinal Neurodegeneration Research Group at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London; Honorary Glaucoma Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Western Eye Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London, Director of the Glaucoma Research Unit

    Areas of Interest: Neuroprotection in glaucoma and neurodegenerative diseases; Molecular mechanisms involved in either the treatment or pathogenesis of retinal neurodegenerative diseases, including glaucoma, Alzheimer's and diabetes. The aims of her group's work are to establish new methods of diagnosis of early disease to avoid disability, identify early markers of cell processes in neurodegenerative disease and investigate therapeutic approaches to their treatment

    Leadership Position: Serves on a number of international committees including the European Glaucoma Society and ICER; Currently chairs the EGS Neuroprotection SIG

    Awards/Honors: Allergan Glaucoma Achievement Award 2010, the Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize 2005 from the New York Academy of Medicine, the 2000 International Glaucoma Review Award, and many others.

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