Breaking News
January 19, 2019 - New anti-inflammatory compound acts as ‘surge protector’ to reduce cancer growth
January 19, 2019 - Significant flaws found in recently released forensic software
January 19, 2019 - New Leash on Life? Staying Slim Keeps Pooches Happy, Healthy
January 19, 2019 - Men and women remember pain differently
January 19, 2019 - Rising air pollution linked with increased ER visits for breathing problems
January 19, 2019 - Study uses local data to model food consumption patterns among Seattle residents
January 19, 2019 - The brain’s cerebellum plays role in controlling reward and social behaviors, study shows
January 19, 2019 - Relationship between nurse work environment and patient safety
January 19, 2019 - Pioneering surgery restores movement to children paralyzed by acute flaccid myelitis
January 19, 2019 - Genetic variants linked with risk tolerance and risky behaviors
January 19, 2019 - New research provides better understanding of our early human ancestors
January 19, 2019 - First-ever tailored reporting guidance to improve patient care and outcomes
January 19, 2019 - 4.6 percent of Massachusetts residents have opioid use disorder
January 19, 2019 - New study suggests vital exhaustion as risk factor for dementia
January 19, 2019 - New antibiotic discovery heralds breakthrough in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria
January 19, 2019 - Ural Federal University scientists synthesize a group of multi-purpose fluorophores
January 19, 2019 - Researchers identify new therapeutic target in the fight against chronic liver diseases
January 19, 2019 - Preparation, characterization of Soyasapogenol B loaded onto functionalized MWCNTs
January 19, 2019 - FDA Approves Ontruzant (trastuzumab-dttb), a Biosimilar to Herceptin
January 19, 2019 - Tobacco use linked with higher use of opioids and sedatives
January 19, 2019 - Study delves deeper into developmental dyslexia
January 19, 2019 - Anti-vaccination movement one of the top health threats in 2019 says WHO
January 19, 2019 - Newly developed risk score more effective at identifying type 1 diabetes
January 19, 2019 - Highly effective protocol to prepare cannabis samples for THC/CBD analysis
January 19, 2019 - Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Irbesartan and Irbesartan HCTZ Tablets Due to Detection of a Trace Amount of Unexpected Impurity, N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) in the Products
January 19, 2019 - How does solid stress from brain tumors cause neuronal loss, neurologic dysfunction?
January 19, 2019 - $14.7 million partnership to supercharge vaccine development
January 19, 2019 - Ian Fotheringham receives Charles Tennant Memorial Lecture award
January 19, 2019 - Brain vital signs detect neurophysiological impairments in players with concussions
January 19, 2019 - Lack of job and poor housing conditions increased likelihood of people attending A&E
January 19, 2019 - Novel targeted drug delivery system improves conventional cancer treatments
January 19, 2019 - Rutgers study finds gene responsible for spread of prostate cancer
January 19, 2019 - Complications Higher Than Expected for Invasive Lung Tests
January 19, 2019 - 3-D printed implant promotes nerve cell growth to treat spinal cord injury
January 19, 2019 - Automated texts lead to improved outcomes after total knee or hip replacement surgery
January 19, 2019 - Poor cardiorespiratory fitness could increase risk of future heart attack, finds new study
January 19, 2019 - Drinking soft drinks while exercising in hot weather may increase risk of kidney disease
January 19, 2019 - Formlabs 3D prints anatomical models
January 19, 2019 - Heart-Healthy Living Also Wards Off Type 2 Diabetes
January 19, 2019 - Teaching Kids to Be Smart About Social Media (for Parents)
January 19, 2019 - Metabolite produced by gut microbiota from pomegranates reduces inflammatory bowel disease
January 19, 2019 - Researchers examine how spray from showers and toilets expose us to disease causing bacteria
January 19, 2019 - Behavioral experiments confirm that additional neurons improve brain function
January 19, 2019 - New study compares performance of real-time infectious disease forecasting models
January 19, 2019 - Obesity can be risk factor for developing renal cell carcinoma, confirms study
January 19, 2019 - New regulation designs on cigarette packs direct smokers’ attention to health warnings
January 19, 2019 - QIAGEN receives first companion diagnostic approval in Japan
January 19, 2019 - Study explores role of Dunning-Kruger effect in anti-vaccine attitudes
January 19, 2019 - Newly identified subset of immune cells may be key to fighting chronic inflammation
January 19, 2019 - New immune response regulators discovered
January 18, 2019 - Poor blood oxygenation during sleep predicts chance of heart-related death
January 18, 2019 - First international consensus on the diagnosis and management of fibromuscular dysplasia
January 18, 2019 - Rapid resistance gene sequencing technology can hasten identification of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
January 18, 2019 - Researchers develop artificial enzymatic pathway for synthesizing isoprenoids in E. coli
January 18, 2019 - Scientists advise caution in immunotherapy research
January 18, 2019 - How children across the world develop language
January 18, 2019 - Columbia Medical Student Receives McDonogh Scholarship
January 18, 2019 - Secretive ‘Rebate Trap’ Keeps Generic Drugs For Diabetes And Other Ills Out Of Reach
January 18, 2019 - Plant based diet could be the best option for the planet says commission
January 18, 2019 - New conservation practice could reduce nitrogen from agricultural drainage, study shows
January 18, 2019 - UIC researchers receive $1.7 million NCI grant to study Southeast Asian fruit
January 18, 2019 - New study determines the fate of DNA derived from genetically modified food
January 18, 2019 - Scientists develop new gene therapy that prevents axon destruction in mice
January 18, 2019 - Study finds critically low HPV vaccination rates among younger adolescents in the U.S.
January 18, 2019 - Brain cells involved in memory play key role in reducing future eating behavior
January 18, 2019 - Risk for Conversion of MS Varies With Different Therapies
January 18, 2019 - Investigational cream may help patients with inflammatory skin disease
January 18, 2019 - Medical school news office receives six writing awards | News Center
January 18, 2019 - County By County, Researchers Link Opioid Deaths To Drugmakers’ Marketing
January 18, 2019 - Research reveals risk for developing more than one mental health disorder
January 18, 2019 - Scientists discover a dramatic pattern of bone growth in female mice
January 18, 2019 - Study finds link between lengthy periods of undisturbed maternal sleep and stillbirths
January 18, 2019 - New nuclear medicine method could improve detection of primary and metastatic melanoma
January 18, 2019 - Combination therapy shows high efficacy in treating people with leishmaniasis and HIV
January 18, 2019 - Health Tip: Don’t Ignore Changes in Skin Color
January 18, 2019 - Dietary Recommendations for Healthy Children
January 18, 2019 - Eliminating the latent reservoir of HIV
January 18, 2019 - Pain From The Government Shutdown Spreads. This Time It’s Food Stamps
January 18, 2019 - Newly discovered regulatory mechanism helps control fat metabolism
January 18, 2019 - New rapid blood tests could speed up TB diagnosis, save the NHS money
Global leaders in medical and surgical eye care to convene in Chicago to attend AAO 2018

Global leaders in medical and surgical eye care to convene in Chicago to attend AAO 2018

image_pdfDownload PDFimage_print

Thousands of eye physicians and surgeons this week will convene in Chicago to attend AAO 2018, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 122nd annual meeting. This gathering is an opportunity to hear global leaders in medical and surgical eye care discuss issues affecting patients’ lives, from the true potential of artificial intelligence and telemedicine to the latest on gene and cell therapy treatments for blinding eye diseases. This international ophthalmology summit takes place Oct. 27-30, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

More than 25,000 physicians and industry professionals are expected to attend, making it one of the largest medical meetings in the world. It features more than 300 instruction courses, more than 100 hours of lectures and discussions on cutting-edge science and new ideas on the business aspects of managing a medical practice, eight specialized learning tracks for physicians who specialize in treating specific parts of the eye, and 535 exhibitors showcasing the latest pharmaceuticals, devices, and technologies for improving patient care.

Highlights include:

Chicago Native and Internationally Acclaimed Photographer to Give Keynote Lecture

Since accomplished ophthalmologist Howard Schatz, M.D., switched from medicine to photography mid-way through his career, he has published 20 books. His most recent, Caught in the Act: Actors Acting, explores the creative process of 85 notable actors and actresses. His editorial work includes the covers of Time, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker. His work has been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, NPR, Fox Sports Network, and the Discovery Channel. His fine art is exhibited in museums and photography galleries internationally. For his first career, Dr. Schatz studied at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He later worked as a retina specialist in San Francisco. Dr. Schatz will give the Michael F. Marmor Lecture in Ophthalmology and the Arts; Monday, 2-3:15 p.m.

What’s New in Gene and Cell Therapy Treatments

Eye disease is at the forefront of futuristic treatments, such as gene therapy and stem cell therapy. While progress in this field has been frustratingly slow for other parts of the body, eye research is leading the way. This year, blind patients have experienced vision for the first time, thanks to advances in gene therapy for inherited retinal disease. A panel of international experts will provide updates on the current state and future possibilities of gene and stem cell therapy. Retinal Frontiers: Updates in Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy; Sunday, 2-4:15 p.m.

Leading Expert on Age-related Macular Degeneration to Give Keynote Lecture

Philip Rosenfeld, M.D., helped develop revolutionary drugs to prevent blindness in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss. He was the lead clinical investigator in developing Lucentis, the first treatment to significantly improve vision in patients with wet AMD. Dr. Rosenfeld also pioneered the off-label use of Avastin to treat wet AMD. He will discuss his experience during the Jackson Memorial Lecture: Lessons Learned from Avastin and OCT: The Great, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly; Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Improving Patient Care Through the Power of Technology

There are many opportunities to learn how new technologies are transforming patient care:

* Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Healthcare: Get insight on how artificial intelligence will change the practice of medicine and improve patient care. Press Conference Sunday, 11 a.m.

* There’s an app for That, but is it Useful?: There are 160,000+ health and medical phone apps available. Learn which apps physicians say can help patients. Press Conference Sunday, 11 a.m.

* Telemedicine in Ophthalmology: Improving Care for Underserved Patient Populations and Reducing Health-Care Costs: Learn how telemedicine will increase access to healthcare, while reducing costs. Monday, 2-3:30 p.m.

* High-Tech for Low Vision: Many more assistive technologies are now available for patients with low vision. Learn which devices serve patients the best. Saturday, 10-11 a.m.

Increasing Diversity in Medicine

Medicine has a diversity problem. African Americans make up 12.8 percent of the general population, but only 2 percent of ophthalmologists. Hispanic and Latino Americans make up 16.3 percent of the population, but only 4.6 percent of ophthalmologists. One of the ways the Academy is working to attract under-represented minorities to a career in ophthalmology is through the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program. This year, the program selected 25 minority applicants, two of which are from Chicago, to participate in a two-day, hands-on program during AAO 2018.

Helping Physicians Communicate Better With Patients

Recognizing the needs and concerns of all patients helps ophthalmologists deliver the best care possible. This special session highlights how to better communicate with four different patient groups: the elderly with mild dementia, immigrants who speak little English, transgender patients, and children with disabilities. Communicating With Patients Who Are Different Than You Are; Sunday, 12:45-1:45 p.m.

Museum Exhibit: When the Cure was Worse Than the Disease

This year’s Museum of Vision exhibit delves into the strange world of early ophthalmic medicine, a time when mercury was the remedy of choice for syphilis. Eight volumes from the museum’s rare book library will be on display, including the oldest, published in 1583. This book is the first extensively illustrated book for any surgical specialty. Together the text and images present an astonishing record of the practice of ophthalmology during the Renaissance period. Only registered media are invited to view the exhibit; Saturday, 3-4 p.m.

“Both the art and science of ophthalmology will take center stage this week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology,” said Maria M. Aaron, M.D., Secretary for the Annual Meeting. “There is no other conference in the world that provides this range of clinical education, research, and practice management advancements that continue to advance our specialty and help physicians navigate their practice and improve the quality of care they provide to patients each day.”

Tagged with:

About author

Related Articles