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FALL 2017

Cornea Society International Organization Advancing the treatment of corneal disease

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News October 2017 Vol. 14, No. 3 A Cornea Society publication T he Cornea and Eye Banking Fo- rum will be held in New Orleans on Friday, November 10. Bennie H. Jeng, MD, Baltimore, and Anthony Aldave, MD, Los Angeles, shared what attendees can expect at this year's program. The program features presentations based on abstract submissions. "The Cornea and Eye Banking Forum, for- merly known as the Fall Educational Symposium, remains a vibrant meeting organized by the Cornea Society and the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)," Dr. Aldave said. "This year's meeting will feature more than 25 scien- tific free papers." Additionally, since the symposium will fall on National Keratoconus Day, there will be a special session dedicated entirely to keratoconus. Experts in the field will be speaking on various areas relating to keratoconus, Dr. Jeng said. Dr. Aldave added that the Cornea Society and EBAA are partnering with the National Keratoconus Foundation to present cutting-edge information that will be of interest to all ophthalmolo- gists who manage patients with kerato- conus. There will be another mini sympo- sium during the program that will focus on the Cornea Preservation Time Study (CPTS). "The highly anticipated results of the CPTS, a multicenter prospective study to determine the impact of preser- vation time as well as operative factors on graft success and cell loss following DSEK, will be presented for the first time," Dr. Aldave said. "This [day] is frequently a favorite among those in the cornea field," Dr. Jeng said, adding that the presentations feature some of the latest groundbreak- ing happenings in the field. "This is the hottest research out there," he said. A selection committee reviews a large number of submitted abstracts and selects only the top ones for presen- tation, Dr. Aldave said, which ensures that the presentations cover a variety of topics and that the information is of the greatest interest to the attendees. A number of awards are given out during the forum. The Cornea Society/ EBAA Best Fellow Paper Award will be presented for the best paper and will include a $1,500 prize. This award is lim- ited to current fellows, residents, and/or medical students. This year's recipient of the Claes H. Dohlman, MD, PhD Award will be Mark Mannis, MD. The Dohlman Award is given to recognize a lifetime of teaching excellence in the field of cornea and external disease and for contributions to the profession. Dr. Dohlman, the inau- gural recipient of the award for whom it is named, created the first formal corneal fellowship program in the U.S. at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Retina Foundation (now Schepens Eye Research Institute) in Boston. Dr. Dohlman has trained hundreds of fel- lows, many of whom went on to become full professors. The R. Townley Paton Award, given by the EBAA, will be presented to Michael Nordlund, MD. The Paton Award is the EBAA's highest honor for corneal surgeons and is presented annu- ally to an ophthalmologist in recogni- tion of his or her outstanding contribu- tion to the EBAA's development and for exemplifying the precepts of Dr. Paton, the father of modern eye banking and Cornea and Eye Banking Forum to highlight latest topics in cornea field Join us for a one-day educational program featuring the latest scientific developments in corneal surgery, eye banking, and more. Over 25 scientific free-papers will be presented in addition to two 30-minute symposia covering: • Keratoconus: The Forum will be held on World Keratoconus Day so the Cornea Society and EBAA are partnering with the National Keratoconus Foundation to invite speakers to discuss topics related to this disease. • Corneal Preservation Time Study (CPTS): Speakers will provide an overview of the CPTS, highlighting findings regarding the impact of preservation time as well operative factors on graft success and cell loss following DSEK. Online registration ends October 23. Prices will increase onsite! For more information, visit forum.corneasociety.org. Register Today! continued on page 3

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