AIVO hosts Ninth annual meeting

Originally published in the Spring 2013 issue of ARVONews


The Argentinean Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (AIVO) held its ninth annual research conference last November in Buenos Aires. This meeting brought together nearly 130 clinical and basic researchers in the field of ophthalmology, who belong to research groups around the country. The meeting consisted of plenary lectures and over 40 presentations from those who submitted abstracts, allowing colleagues from across Argentina to analyze and discuss the results of their work.

The plenary lectures were given by international guests Valeria Canto Soler, PhD, and Paulo E. Stanga, MD. Canto Soler is assistant professor of ophthalmology and director of the Retinal Degenerations Research Center at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. She spoke about her research on the mechanisms that control the behavior of retinal progenitor cells, which might allow the design of regenerative therapeutic strategies for the treatment of retinal degenerations.
Stanga is associate professor of ophthalmology at Manchester University, U.K., and consultant ophthalmologist and vitreo-retinal surgeon at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust. He specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of vitreo-retinal disorders such as AMD, including anti-VEGF therapy, diabetic retinopathy and maculopathy, retinal vein occlusions, macular hole and retinal detachment.

Stanga is also pioneering surgery for artificial vision in blindness that includes electronic epiretinal prosthesis implantation or the “bionic eye.” At the meeting, he spoke about the outcome of Argus II epiretinal electronic implant for blindness in retinitis pigmentosa, as well as the advances in OCT.

Invited speakers for the meeting’s symposium on the Role of Stem Cells and the Regulation of the Cell Cycle in Retina were Marcelo Zas, MD, PhD; Maria Paula Faillace, PhD; Luis Enrique Politi, PhD; and Canto Soler. They discussed their data, the latest advances and the challenges that remain for the successful use of stem cells to treat retina regeneration.

At the end of the meeting, the executive committee assessed the progress of the Association and discussed the ambitious project to organize a joint meeting in 2013 with another ARVO chapter affiliate, Brazilian Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Association, to foster interactions and promote collaboration between research groups from both countries working in the field of ophthalmology.

This is scheduled to be held in Rio de Janeiro on August 10 within the frame of the 30th Pan-American Congress of Ophthalmology.

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