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S34 What’s hot in glaucoma - Important contributions in the past year

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The broad course offerings, courses and lectures of the World Glaucoma Congress (WGC) can be overwhelming for many attendees. In this 90-minute symposium, the program committee has selected a portfolio of “hot topics” likely to influence glaucoma care in the next decade. We have asked the presenters to step back and give the audience a broad perspective of their fields – where we’ve been, the current state of affairs and then, in their expert opinion, where we are headed in the next few years. 

Topics will include the molecular genetics of glaucoma; strategies for managing the ever-increasing population of patients at risk of angle-closure glaucoma; the translation of laboratory-based evidence of neuroprotection to applications we can use in our patients; the future of minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery; and, finally, how the ever-increasing use of computers in direct patient care will forever change how we manage and understand the disease.We are confident that this symposium will be one of the highlights of the WGC.

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

  • Gregory Skuta, MD

    Affiliation: President and Chief Executive Officer, Edward L. Gaylord Professor and Chair, Dean McGee Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

    Areas of Interest: Wound healing in glaucoma filtering surgery; Glaucoma clinical trials

    Leadership Position: President-Elect, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2013); Senior Secretary for Clinical Education, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2007-2012); President, American Glaucoma Society, 2005-2006; Board of Governors, World Glaucoma Association (2004-2007); Director, American Board of Ophthalmology (2001-2008)

    Awards/Honors: Life Achievement Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2013; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in the World; Best Doctors in America; America's Top Ophthalmologists; Castle Connolly's Top Doctors; Editorial Board, Journal of Glaucoma; Active Member, Glaucoma Research Society

  • Ningli Wang MD, PhD

    Affiliation: Vice president of Beijing TongRen Hospital; Director of Beijing TongRen Eye Center ; Director of Beijing Institute of Ophthalmology; President of School of Ophthalmology, Capital Medical University; Director of Ophthalmology & Visual Science Laboratory, School of Ophthalmology, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China

    Areas of Interest: Cerebrospinal Fluid Pressure in Glaucoma; Epidemiology on Handan Eye study; Genome Research and Gene Mapping on Glaucoma; Prevention of Blindness; Sleep Related Eye Disease.

    Leadership Position: Chinese Ophthalmological Society, President-Elect; Chinese Ultrasound Technology Association, Chairman of Committee; Chinese Glaucoma Society, Vice Chairman; Beijing Medical Association, Ophthalmology Society, President; Beijing WHO Collaboration Center of Prevention of Blindness, Chairman; China National Directory Committee of Prevention of Blindness, Board Member International Association of Prevention of Blindness, Committee Member China Medical Doctor Association, Vice Chairman of Committee; Beijing Medical Doctor Association, Vice Chairman of Ophthalmology; Asia Angle Closure Glaucoma Club, Executive Committee Member; Asia Oceanic Glaucoma Society, Board Member; South-east Asia Glaucoma Interested Group. Board Member.

    Honors: APAO, Arthur Lim award 2011, APAO Achievement Awards, 2010; The 7th China Medical Doctor Association Awards, 2010; Outstanding Achievement Awards of Chinese Ophthalmological Society, 2009; The Golden Key Awards of Chinese-American Ophthalmological Association, 2008; First prize of Nature and Science Awards for Ministry of Education of Peoples Republic of China, 2008; First prize of Chinese Medical Science, 2011; First prize of Chinese Medical Science, 2012.

  • Jamie Craig, MD, PhD

    Affiliation: Associate professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Flinders University, South Australia

    Areas of Interest: genetic susceptibility to glaucoma blindness, pseudoexfoliation syndrome, diabetic retinopathy and cataract

    Leadership Position: As an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow he divides his time between clinical care of glaucoma patients and running a research laboratory. He established the Australian and New Zealand Registry of Advanced Glaucoma in 2007, which has recruited a repository of over 1200 cases of glaucoma blindness, and 800 secondary glaucoma cases. His laboratory conducts Genome Wide Association Studies and gene discovery projects in monogenic traits

  • George R.

    Affiliations: Senior Consultant in the glaucoma department at Sankara Nethralaya, Director, Research for Vision Research Foundation and Professor, Elite School of Optometry, Chennai.

    Areas of Interest: Angle closure glaucoma, diagnostics, Glaucoma Epidemiology.

    Leadership Positions: Associate Advisory Board member for the World Glaucoma Association (AIGS) and is past Secretary of the Glaucoma Society of India (2008-10); Investigator for The Chennai Glaucoma Study Chennai Eye Disease Incidence Study’. Has over 75 publications and delivered more than 150 lectures .

    Special Honors: The Thiru CK.Kumaraswamy Gold Medal by the Dr MGR Medical University for MS Ophthalmology; Thomas Gold Medal for the best outgoing resident in ophthalmology by the Christian Medical College Vellore (2001). The Pfizer best paper award at the XIIIth Annual Glaucoma Society of India meeting in 2003 and two AIOS IJO silver awards for best paper in 2009.

  • 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.

  • Ike K. Ahmed, MD

    Ike K. Ahmed, MD has focused his work in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of complex eye diseases including glaucoma and surgical complications. In 2010, Dr. Ahmed was selected as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” – a prestigious national award recognizing significant achievements at a young age. Dr. Ahmed has received research grants and has designed innovative glaucoma diamond scalpels for surgery, microsurgical instrumentation, and devices, implants, and techniques for the management of the dislocated cataract, iris reconstruction, and glaucoma implant devices.  One of his main interests is in the area of micro-invasive glaucoma surgery.  As a result of his innovative expertise, Dr. Ahmed has been asked to consult for a variety of companies and manufacturers, especially pertaining to the development of new devices and technologies. He sits on the editorial boards of Ophthalmology, Clinical and Surgical Ophthalmology, Ocular Surgery News, Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, and Glaucoma Today, and is a reviewer for numerous journals. Dr. Ahmed has published over 80 peer reviewed papers and given over 750 scientific presentations thus far in his career, including 31 visiting professor’s lectures around the world. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. He is the Director of the Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Segment Surgery (GAASS) fellowship at the University of Toronto, and Director of Research at the Kensington Eye Institute, University of Toronto. Dr. Ahmed has a large tertiary glaucoma/cataract practice at Credit Valley EyeCare and Osler EyeCare in the Greater Toronto Area, and primarily performs surgery at the Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga, Ontario, the Kensington Eye Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, and TLC Mississauga.

  • Neeru Gupta

    Neeru Gupta, MD, PhD, MBA, FRCSC, DABO

    Affiliation: Professor and Dorothy Pitts Chair of Ophthalmology and Vision Science; Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto; Keenan Research Center, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital.

    Areas of Interest: Glaucoma, central nervous system, lymphatic outflow, basic and clinical research to understand and prevent vision loss in glaucoma.

    Leadership Positions: President, Canadian Glaucoma Society; Chief of Glaucoma, University of Toronto, Director, Glaucoma Research Program, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute; Advisory Council Member to International Council of Ophthalmology; Chair, Glaucoma Fellowship Curriculum, International Council of Ophthalmology; Board of Directors and Chair, Program Committee of the American Glaucoma Society; Board of Directors and Vice-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Glaucoma Research Society of Canada; Scientific Advisory Board Member of the Glaucoma Foundation; Editorial Board, Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, Editor, Vision Science Section, Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology; Appointment Committee of the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto.

    Special Honors: American Academy of Ophthalmology LDP Award (2012); Co-Founder, Human Eye Biobank for Research, Canada (2012); New York Academy of Medicine Lewis Rudin Award (2010), Award of Excellence, Glaucoma Research Society of Canada (2009)

  • 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)

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