2016 Letter of your president Nikolas Ziakas
Dear Members and Friends of EPOS,
The year 2015 has again been a year with a lot of EPOS activities. To spread knowledge about Paediatric Ophthalmology, EPOS organized a well attended symposium at the APAO in Guangzhou and two more at the SOE in Vienna.
Our Annual Meeting in St. Petersburg in June on “Innovations in Paediatric Ophthalmology” was well attended being very successful with many excellent lectures. At the meeting a lifetime achievement award was given to Tony Moore for his vast contribution to our society and to paediatric ophthalmology in general. We hope that he will continue to support EPOS for many years to come.
To encourage young colleagues to join our society and to promote research on paediatric ophthalmology, it has become a tradition to give grants and awards to EPOS members younger than 35 years at the annual meeting. Best presentation awards were given to Dr Yulia Sidorova from Russia for her free paper “A differentiated method of pattern scan laser photocoagulation in infants with retinopathy of prematurity” and Anna Molnar from Sweden for her free paper "Macular thickness in 6.5-year-old extremely preterm children“. Best rapid fire presentation award was given to Andreas Gschliesser from Austria for his work on “The impact of clinical patient information on the diagnosis and treatment decision of retinopathy of prematurity”. Finally, best poster award was given to Svetlana Buyanovskaya from Russia for her work on “Retinopathy of prematurity in infants born before 27 weeks of gestation: incidence and results of the laser treatment”. We congratulate them for their achievement and expect to hear more from them in the future.
This year our 42nd Annual Meeting will be held in Zurich, Switzerland 23-25 September 2016 and the main topic will be “Paediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology”. Our local hosts will be Gabriella Wirth Barben, Prof. Klara Landau, Christina Gerth-Kahlert and Veit Sturm. They are already working hard to prepare an attractive scientific and social program. Prominent speakers in the field of Paediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology will cover a broad range of subjects. As always, free papers and posters are welcomed. The deadline for abstract submission and travel grant application is June 3rd. I must point out to all wishing to attend the meeting that this year it will take place Friday to Sunday instead of the traditional Thursday to Saturday. You will find more details regarding the meeting on our website at www.epos-focus.org. The future annual meetings will take place in Oxford, UK in 2017 and Budapest, Hungary in 2018.
Also this year, EPOS will organize a symposium at the WOC in Guadalajara, Mexico 5-9/2/16 and agreed to collaborate with WSPOS in the organization of the subspecialty day in Copenhagen 9/9/16 preceding the ESCRS. There will be a rapid fire session open for EPOS members, so if any of you would like to present please get in touch with me by the end of February.
To support the development of EPOS further, I would like to remind you all to renew your membership for 2015. EPOS members are entitled to free online access to the European Journal of Ophthalmology, application for grants and reduced registration fee at the annual meeting. We strongly advise people to use the continuous membership option which is now available on our new website. As we hope to interest more people in becoming an EPOS-member, I kindly ask you to stimulate many of your colleagues to join our society and come to our meeting. Please also remind your younger colleagues that members-in-training receive a substantial reduction on their membership fees and on the annual meeting fees. Finally, I kindly ask you to use the attached flyer for promoting our meeting and our society.
I hope that 2016 will be good year for EPOS. I wish you all and your families Happy New Year!
I look forward to meet many of you in Zurich.
President of EPOS