Italy affiliate hosts first meeting, prepares for new year

Originally published in the Spring 2013 issue of ARVONews   


After becoming an international chapter affiliate in 2011, IT-ARVO hosted its inaugural annual meeting and organized the European Frontiers in Ocular Pharmacology (EFOP) lecture in 2012.

Their first meeting was in Catania, Italy, last February and the plenary lecture was delivered by executive vice president of ARVO Craig Crosson, PhD, FARVO. The EFOP took place at the School of Medicine of Catania University, Italy. To be held once a month from November through June each year, this CME course will include a one-hour lecture by an outstanding scientist, plus a 30-minute Meet the Expert session. The course targets PhD students, post-docs and residents in pharmacology and ophthalmology, as well as ophthalmologists.

Upcoming events include the 2013 IT-ARVO annual meeting Feb. 1 – 2, and the next EFOP lecture in the series ending June 7, 2013. The annual meeting highlighting “Ocular Pain” will include a plenary lecture delivered by Carlos Belmonte, MD, FARVO, from the Miguel Hernández-Consejo University, Alicante, Spain. Many distinguished scientists in the field of eye research will serve as speakers, including Frank Giblin, PhD, FARVO, of Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.; Friedrich Paulsen, MD, of University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen; and Anselm Kampik, MD, FARVO of Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich.

These events are promoted by the president of IT-ARVO, Filippo Drago, MD, PhD, and the vice president Teresio Avitabile, both professors at the University of Catania. Claudio Bucolo, PhD, who serves as secretary and treasurer, organizes the scientifc program.

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