RCOphth Annual Congress 2019

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In 2019, the RCOphth Annual Congress will be held in Scotland for the first time in twenty years and will take place at the SEC, Glasgow from Monday 20 May – Thursday 23 May 2019. The Annual Congress enables ophthalmologists to hear about the latest developments in ophthalmic practice and research, learn how others manage conditions, listen to a wide variety of speakers across all ophthalmic disciplines and from around the world and meet and collaborate with other delegates. There are over forty individual symposia including, Neurogenetics and neuro-ophthalmology, Managing the complications of uveitis, Optimal management of AMD, Biosynthetic alternatives for corneal transplant surgery, Contact lenses in the 21st century and Recent advances in ocular oncology. The full programme is available online and programmes will be added throughout early 2019.

The subspecialty day will take place on 23 May 2019 with programmes in glaucoma, retina, cornea, neuro ophthalmology and emergency medicine. On 21 May 2019, there is an additional programme dedicated to the ophthalmic multidisciplinary team and many other symposia will feature speakers and chairs from across the ophthalmic team. There will also be an afternoon programme for ophthalmic trainees on 21 May 2019 and a lunchtime session for SAS doctors on 22 May 2019. Congress will also have the regular poster, rapid fire and social events.

Session chairs have been asked for their special highlights. The Neuro ophthalmology sub specialty day will be chaired by Professor Andrew Lee, Houston Methodist Hospital, USA and Dr Stephen Madill, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh and will offer experience and advice on the management of neuro-ophthalmic disease. The Day will aim to provide a structure for the management of a broad range of neuro-ophthalmic conditions which may seem more challenging for the non-specialist. The format involves case based learning, panel discussions, and ample question and answer time to allow maximum audience participation.

Chaired by Miss Rachel Pilling, Bradford Teaching Hospital and Dr Catherine Williams, Bristol Eye Hospital Seeing children: avoiding the pitfalls in diagnosis & management of children with cerebral visual impairment symposia on Monday 20 May 2019, will look at Health England’s and the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning’s endorsement for a programme of eye care for those attending special schools and the development of a framework for a national optometry led in-school programme.

Chaired by Dr Mark Wright, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Edinburgh, the Spotlight on oculoplastics session on Tuesday 21 May 2019 will feature the talks, Spotlight on ptosis, Spotlight on eyelid tumours & Spotlight on the acute orbit. The Optimal management of AMD symposia also on Tuesday 21 May and chaired by Professor Andrew Lotery, Southampton General Hospital will discuss both the current optimal management of AMD and exciting developments for the future. Speakers, including Gabriella De Salvo, Pearse Keene and Praveen Patel will discuss multimodal imaging, artificial intelligence and statins for AMD. On Wednesday 22 May, the 2019 Great Debate will be chaired by Mrs Melanie Hingorani, Moorfields Eye Hospital and the topic is All suitable patients should be offered same day bilateral cataract surgery.

The College will welcome four eponymous lecturers; giving the Duke Elder Lecture will be Professor Francesca Cordeiro, Professor of Ophthalmology at Imperial College London. Professor David Mackey, Managing Director of the Lions Eye Institute and Professor of Ophthalmology/ Director of the Centre for Ophthalmology & Visual Science at the University of Western Australia will give the Edridge Green Lecture. Professor Robert MacLaren, Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford and Oxford Eye Hospital will give the Keeler Lecture and the Optic UK Lecture will be delivered by Professor Anthony Moore, Michal Vilensky Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology, UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco.

Registration for RCOphth Congress 2019 will open on 11 February 2019 and full details can be found on the website.