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Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology, Columbia University – January 8 – February 2, 2018
The BSCO covers the Basic and Clinical Science Course from The Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology – San Francisco, CA: Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Series. The course is four weeks in duration and will be held from January 8th – February 2nd, 2018 at the Columbia University Medical Center. The BSCO includes instruction in optics, a two-day orbital dissection lab, ocular anatomy and histology labs, a phacoemulsification wet-lab, a glaucoma surgery wet-lab, a hands-on imaging workshop, and two days of instruction in retinoscopy and refraction.
Since 1941, the Edward Harkness Eye Institute of Columbia University has offered the BSCO, which while focusing on ophthalmology resident learning, has also has proven effective in communicating foundational knowledge and the latest scientific findings to the visual sciences community. The curriculum is revised annually to include the most recent scientific advances and controversial developments in the field, and is updated to respond to feedback from previous BSCO evaluations. An international faculty of more than 80 clinicians and scientists is chosen based on expertise, clarity of presentation, and visual aids. Just a few of the non-Columbia speakers who presented at BSCO 2016 were Professors Alan C. Bird (Moorfields), Scott Brodie (Mount Sinai), Ralph Eagle (Wills Eye), David Guyton (Johns Hopkins), Graham Holder (Moorfields), Andrew Lee (Methodist Hospital), Irene Maumenee (Johns Hopkins), and Lawrence Yannuzzi (VRMNY).
More information on the BSCO can be found at the website: http://columbiaeye.org/education/the-basic-science-course
Advance registration: The program will be held from January 8th to February 2nd, 2018. Fee is $2000US. After November 25th Fee is $2300US.
Contact information for the course:
Kenia de los Santos-Alexis, Course Manager
Department of Ophthalmology
630 West 168th St., Box 18
New York, NY 10032
Tel: (212) 305-0285
Fax: (212) 305-4987
XVIIIth International Symposium on Retinal Degeneration. September 3-8, 2018. Killarney, Ireland
The Travel Award application site is open now until the Deadline – May 18, 2018
Registration & Abstract submission site is now open. Abstract Deadline – June 29, 2018
In the last decade, there has been a burst of information and insight into molecular, genetic and cellular mechanisms underlying inherited and age-related retinal degenerations. Moreover, there have been major advances in the pharmaceutical and gene- and cell-based therapeutic approaches, as well as in vision restoration. One such example is the recent landmark FDA approval of the first AAV-based therapy for the treatment of RPE65-mediated inherited retinal dystrophies in humans. The scientific program and venue of the XVIII International RD Symposium will provide an excellent forum:
Program: RD2018 will be organized into a series of Keynote lectures, platform presentations, and poster sessions as follows.
The Keynote speakers have been invited to provide a broad perspective on the causes and developing treatments of retinal degenerative diseases.
Platform Presentations: Platform sessions will be scheduled for 20 minutes each, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Speakers will be selected from submitted abstracts, and sessions will be organized around specific themes including:
Poster Sessions: Investigators submitting abstracts not selected for a platform presentation are invited to present their research in well-attended poster sessions. Posters will be available for viewing throughout the meeting, and there will be extended evening sessions devoted entirely to poster viewing and discussion.
Each attendee is encouraged to submit a chapter for publication in the proceedings volume.
Venue: The XVIIIth International Symposium on Retinal Degeneration (RD2018) will be held in the beautiful town of Killarney, Ireland. All attendees will be housed in the marvelous Victorian hotel, The Great Southern(formerly named ‘The Malton’), in downtown Killarney, just opposite of the railway station. The Great Southern not only has unique rooms, exceptionally good food, and a very friendly staff, it also has a spacious conference center with comfortable seating, up-to-date audio-visual equipment, and sufficient space for poster sessions. This venue will allow for maximal interaction of all attendees during the meeting. The meeting is a satellite of the XXIIIth Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research to be held September 9-13, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Travel Awards: We hope to be able to fully support 40-50 Travel Awards for students, post-doctoral fellows, and young faculty lower than the rank of Associate Professor. This provides the opportunity to meet and interact with world leaders in the field.
More Information and Registration Forms: To learn more about the meeting, the venue, Travel Awards, registration and abstract submission, please visit the RD2018 web site: http://rdmeeting.net.
Travel Award applications: May 18, 2018
Meeting and Hotel Registration: June 29, 2018
Online Abstract Submission: June 29, 2018
Support: As in all previous RD Symposia, RD2018 has received a generous pledge of support for travel awards from the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the BrightFocus Foundation, ProRetina Germany, and the Fritz Tobler Foundation. Funding from additional sources is pending.
Women, underrepresented minorities, and people with disabilities are all encouraged to apply for Travel Awards and to attend the meeting.
We are excited about the RD2018 meeting and look forward to seeing you there.
|RD Organizing Committee||Local Organizing Committee|
|Cathy Bowes Rickman||Peter Humphries|
|Christian Grimm||Marian Humphries|
|Robert E. Anderson||Jane Farrar|
|John D. Ash||Matthew Campbell|
|Joe G. Hollyfield||Paul Kenna|
|Matthew M. LaVail||Laura Brady|
|Please forward this Second Announcement to any colleagues or trainees who may not have received it, and please ask them to register to receive additional announcements at the following web address: https://www.xcdsystem.com/RD/member/|