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Welcome Address

“Quem não viu Lisboa nunca viu coisa boa” – “who has never seen Lisbon, has never seen beauty”.

We are delighted to welcome you, on behalf of ESASO’s Executive Board, to the 11th AMD and Retina Congress in Lisbon on 4-5 November 2011.

The scientific programme includes plenary sessions, panel discussions, case studies and meet-the-expert sessions delivered by distinguished speakers from all across the world. In addition to this engaging programme, a scientific poster exhibition is planned; the best poster presented at the congress will be nominated by the scientific committee.

As well as the poster exhibition, this year’s scientific programme will include multiple plenary sessions, interactive panel discussions, clinical case study presentations and meet-the expert sessions. Other highlights in Lisbon will be the 2nd ESASO Graduate Award Ceremony and the 2nd XOVA Award Ceremony, supported by Novartis.

The congress venue offers not only good facilities for delegates and speakers, but seduces with a magnificent view over the river Tagus. In addition, a wide range of hotels nearby offer modern or traditional accommodation.

Today, when so many convention sites are indistinguishable; Lisbon remains an insider’s tip. Lisbon is far from just a place for conventions, but where unforgettable scientific meetings can be organised due to the blend of the city’s unique poetry with the rational sense of medicine.

We are confident that the 11th AMD and Retina Congress will continue to build upon the quality that ESASO have established during previous congresses and look forward to welcoming you to Lisbon in early November!

With our best regards,
Organising Committee

Borja Corcostegui

Francesco Bandello
Professor and Chairman
Department of Ophthalmology
University Vita-Salute Scientific Institute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy

Giuseppe Guarnaccia

Organisers & Contacts

ESASO Organising Committee

  • President of the ESASO Foundation
  • Dr. Giuseppe Guarnaccia, ITALY
  • Member of the ESASO Foundation Board
  • Prof. Borja Corcostegui, SPAIN
  • Member of the ESASO Foundation Board
  • Prof. Francesco Bandello, ITALY

Scientific Committee

  • Chairman
  • Prof. Francesco Bandello, ITALY
  • Co-Chairs
  • Prof. José Cunha-Vaz, AIBILI, PORTUGAL
    Prof. Neil M. Bressler, USA
  • Coordinators
  • Dr. Maurizio Battaglia-Parodi, ITALY
    Dr. Bruno Falcomatà, ITALY

ESASO Congress Contacts

  • c/o Università della Svizzera italiana
    Via Lambertenghi 10 A
    6904 Lugano, SWITZERLAND
  • General Manager ESASO
  • Gabriella Skala, SWITZERLAND
    Tel. +41 (0)44 422 4000
    or Cell +41 (0)76 300 9000
  • Scientific Committee Coordinator
  • Dr. Bruno Falcomatà
    Tel. +39 (333) 31 35 566Dr. Maurizio Battaglia-Parodi
    Tel. +39 (340) 855 9739
  • Scientific Secretary
  • Denise Etherington, Suzanne Smith
    Chameleon International Communications, UK
    Tel. +44 (0)208 326 3177
  • Logistics and Travel Management
  • Luisa Marques, Isabel Oliveira
    Meeting Point, PORTUGAL
    Tel. + +351 (21) 415 9900

Scientific Programme

4 – 5 November 2011, Lisbon/Portugal

The Scientific Committee has elaborated an excellent scientific programme. 35 internationally renowned retinal specialists from all continents will present latest news from their fields of research and clinical practice.

You can look forward to:

– 23 Plenary Presentations
– 3 case-based Discussion Sessions
– 17 case study Presentations
– 5 Meet-the-Expert Sessions*
– Poster exhibition
– ESASO Graduation Ceremony

Scientific Committee

Chair: Prof. Francesco Bandello ITALY
Co-Chairs: Prof. José Cunha-Vaz PORTUGAL, Prof. Neil Bressler USA

Final Programme

Friday 4 November 2011

  • 08:45 – Opening Ceremony
  • 08:55 – Welcome to Lisboa
  • 09:00 – SESSION 1
    Perspectives on the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic eye disease
  • 10:45 – COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:15 – Novartis XOVA award ceremony
  • 11:45 – SESSION 2
    Diabetic eye disease case studies
  • 12:45 – LUNCH
  • 13:15 – Meet-the-expert sessions (5 simultaneous sessions)
  • 14:20 – SESSION 3
    Recent developments in the management of RVO
  • 16:00 – 2nd ESASO graduation ceremony
  • 16:30 – SESSION 4
    RVO case studies
  • 17:00 – Chair summary and close

Saturday 5 November 2011

  • 08:30 – SESSION 5
    Effective Diagnosis and Treatment of AMD
  • 10:30 – COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:00 – SESSION 6
    Clinical management of Chorio-Retinal Disorders
  • 11:50 – SESSION 7
    AMD and other macular CNV case studies
  • 12:50 – Close of meeting

General Information

  • Badges for participants
  • Delegates receive individual name badges when registering for the Congress. According to the ESASO guidelines, these name badges must be worn at all times throughout the Congress and evening functions. No admittance can be granted if delegates name badges cannot be seen.
  • Climate & Weather Forecasts
  • Lisbon’s climate is one of the mildest among European cities with temperatures of 11ºC to 18 ºC in November. However, November is one of the wettest months of the year.
  • Congress Language and Translators
  • The official Congress language is English. Please take note, that simultaneous translation could be provided at the request of respective countries, but will otherwise not be provided.
  • Food and Refreshments
  • Food and refreshments are not included in the registration fee outside the congress times with the exception of the social events.
  • Insurance(s)
  • The Organisers are not responsible for individual medical, travel or personal insurances. Delegates are advised to cover themselves with their own personal insurances.
  • Registration Desk
  • Opening Hours Registration desks will be located at the main entrance in the foyer of the Congress Centre and are open at the following times:
    • Thursday, 3 November 2011 from 12:00 – 20:00
    • Friday, 4 November 2011 from 07:30 to 12:00
  • Smoking policy
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited during all meetings, sessions and in the meeting rooms and halls at all times.
  • VISA/Letters of Invitations
  • Letters of invitation required to meet the administrative and legal regulations for Visa’s of some countries are available to participants upon written requests. Please inform the Congress Secretariat for further processing.

Congress Venue

Centro de Congressos Lisboa (CCL)

Located near the Tagus River close to the historic buildings of the “Belém” quarter and the “Mosteiro dos Jéronimos” (Jerónimos Monastery), the Lisbon Congress Centre is an inviting space for anyone participating in a congress.

The CCL is a decisive factor in the sustained growth of business tourism in Lisbon and hosted many of the largest and most prestigious international events held in Portugal in the last 20 years.

The large entrance halls allow several and different kinds of events to be held simultaneously with maximum comfort and efficiency. The venue is equipped with up-to-date audiovisual capabilities.

An amphitheatre for 1,500 persons with a fixed stage, a total of 8 auditoriums, 5 multipurpose halls and 27 breakout rooms offer the ideal location for meetings. About 500 parking spaces are available directly under the Convention Centre.

Social Programme

You are cordially invited to join our Social Programme during the 11th AMD and Retina Congress in Lisbon.

Event: Welcome Reception

  • Date: Thursday, 3 November 2011
  • Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Place: At your hotel in Lisbon
  • Programme: The welcome reception is an informal get together with running buffet dinner including beverages.
  • Price: *

Event: Lisbon Night

  • Date: Friday, 4 November 2011
  • Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Place: Patio de Galé, Lisbon
  • Programme: The Lisbon night will offer a welcome reception followed by a three course meal. Return shuttle buses to the hotels will be provided.
  • Dress code: Smart dress / suit (business dinner)
  • Admission: Advance booking is required. Please tick the relevant section on your registration form.
  • Price: *

Event: Closing & Awards Ceremony

  • Date: Saturday, 5 November 2011
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Place: Lisbon Congress Centre
  • Programme: ESASO is pleased to invite all delegates to the Closing and Awards Ceremony of the 11th AMD and Retina Congress.
  • Price: *

* Attendance at all events is included in the registration fee
(please indicate the number of people attending on the registration form).


Once the launch pad for many of the voyages of discovery (notably Vasco da Gama’s epic journey to India), Lisbon was the first true world city, the capital of an empire spreading over all continents, from South America (Brazil) to Asia (Macao, China; Goa, India). It is forever known as the city of the explorers, and you too will be filled with the spirit of discovery as you retrace the footsteps of Prince Henry the Navigator or Ferdinand Magellan.

Explore World Heritage architectural marvels, the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, with their intricate carvings showcasing all the glory and excitement of the age, and discover the treasures from the East and the West inside the world-class Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, or the acclaimed Design Museum and the fantastic Berardo Collection of contemporary art. Download the Lisbon museums

The city’s legendary seven hills will also seduce you into admiring characteristic mosaic pavements and dazzling tiled façades, and will reward you with strategically-placed miradouros or viewpoints offering breathtaking panoramas over the city after a ride on a charming old tram.

You’ll find yourself wandering through colorful 18th century squares downtown and getting lost in the medieval maze of the Alfama district overlooked by an ancient castle. Follow that with a dive into the spectacular oceanarium and spend your nights indulging in the city’s gastronomic delights, listening to the sounds of Fado, or bar-hopping through the cobbled alleys of the shabby-chic Bairro Alto district.

You’re sure to become mesmerized by Lisbon’s wonderful mix of the old-fashioned and the cutting-edge; of the historic and the modern, but you’ll also want to go outside the city to the fairytale town of Sintra and to the cosmopolitan shores of Cascais and Estoril.

Travel Information

Accessing Lisbon is easy, either by air – a short flight away from most European cities, or by road, railway or sea.

By Air

Lisbon International Airport, 7 km from the city centre, has daily flights to and from the major cities in Europe and the world. The Portuguese airline TAP – Air Portugal, as well as major international airlines, fly to and from Lisbon.

By Road

Arriving in Lisbon by road is a pleasant experience, as the visitor can enjoy the beautiful countryside along the way. The city has good access roads, the most frequently used routes being the A1 motorway, the 25th April Bridge, the new Vasco da Gama Bridge, and the CREL, the outer ring-road for the Lisbon region.

By Rail

Scores of national and international trains arrive in Lisbon every day to Santa Apolónia terminal station or to Gare do Oriente, adjacent to the Parque das Nações. Both stations have direct bus or underground connections to the city centre.

By Sea

The Port of Lisbon is the busiest port on the European Atlantic coast. It has three terminals for cruise ships: the Alcântara, Rocha de Conde d’Óbidos and the Santa Apolónia terminals. Lisbon is often a port of call for many cruise ships (coming from many different places). Furthermore, the city also has marinas for pleasure boats in the docks of Belém, Santo Amaro, Bom Sucesso, Alcântara and, most recently, the Olivais Docks.

Passports and visas

European Union citizens, along with citizens of Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are only required to have an identity card to enter Portugal.

For stays not exceeding 90 days, national visitors from the following countries require a passport valid for at least three months beyond the planned stay: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela and depending on the type of passport, this situation extends to the Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China, of Hong Kong and Macau.

Citizens from States not included in the above list require a visa to enter Portugal. Visas can be obtained from the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in the respective country for stays of up to 90 days. In case of no diplomatic representation of Portugal in that country, the visa must be required in the Embassy that represents Portugal for purposes of obtaining Schengen visas. It is recommended that participants apply for their visas well in advance, with a minimum of 4 weeks before travelling.

For further information please contact:

Portuguese embassies abroad

Portuguese consulates abroad

Transfer from the Airport to the Hotel

Public Transport from the Airport to Downtown Lisbon

Aero Bus

Linking the Airport to downtown Lisbon every 20 minutes from 07:45 a.m. to 08:45 p.m. Passengers flying with TAP AIR Portugal are welcome to use the Aero Bus on a courtesy basis by showing the boarding card to the bus driver.


Available just outside the Arrival and Departure halls. Taxis are usually cream colour, although there are still some painted black with a green roof in the traditional Portuguese style. The fare is shown on the taximeter. The prices are affixed inside the car or you can ask the driver about them. If you phone for a taxi you have to pay an extra 0.80 Euro. There is a charge of 1.60 Euro for luggage, regardless of weight or the number pieces.

Taxi Voucher

The Taxi Voucher is a prepaid service created by the Lisbon Tourism in partnership with the Lisbon Airport and the Taxi associations, with a fixed price that allows the visitor to use the Taxi service in a secure way.

The service operates with vouchers on sale at the “Turismo de Lisbon” counter, located in the arrivals terminal. The price of the voucher depends on the distance of the trip or length of time.

Once in the city, the Metro is the most efficient way to get around, especially to go between downtown and uptown.


The underground (“Metro” in Portuguese) is an important addition to the traditional forms of public transport. It operates between 06:00 am and 01:00 am. The Lisbon underground reaches a considerable part of the city. Its network has gradually been extended in recent years. Both the oldest and the most recent stations are decorated with panels of tiles by renowned Portuguese artists, making them true underground art galleries (

Hotel Accomodation

  • Pestana Palace – Garden View
  • Pestana Palace, Rua Jau, Lisboa, Portugal
  • 5*
  • €190
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  • Pestana Palace – Standard Room
  • Pestana Palace, Rua Jau, Lisboa, Portugal
  • 5*
  • €160
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  • Corinthia Lisboa
  • Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro 105
  • 5*
  • €135
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  • Vila Galé Opera
  • Travessa do Conde da Ponte, 1300-141 Lisboa
  • 4*
  • €150
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  • Lisbon Marriott
  • Avenida dos Combatentes, 1600 Lisboa
  • 4*
  • €115
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  • Sana Lisboa
  • Avenida Conde Valbom 56
  • 4*
  • €101
  • View Map

ESASO Booking & Logistic Management

All requests for accommodation information or reservation should be directed to:
Tel. +351 (21) 415 9900,

Hotel accommodation can be reserved at reduced rates through the intermediary of ESASO. Only bookings made through ESASO in advance will secure these rates. All rates quoted on the hotel booking form are per room and per night. Room rates also include breakfast, service, taxes and private facilities, unless otherwise stated. Hotel category should be indicated on the hotel booking form. Please also indicate which other category should we book in case your first choice is fully booked.

As single rooms are limited, ESASO will have to assign double rooms for single occupancy if necessary; the price in this case will be slightly lower than the double room’s rate and will be indicated in the room details confirmation. You are kindly requested to return the hotel booking form giving details on required accommodation together with the appropriate down payment (see chart). In order to avoid disappointment, early bookings are recommended. No telephone reservation will be accepted.

Accommodation cannot be guaranteed if request is received after 24 September 2011 although ESASO will make every effort to meet participants requirements. ESASO will operate on a ‘first come first served’ basis with incoming requests. Reservations will only be processed if down payment is received.

Confirmation of reservation

Upon receipt of the payment, ESASO will send you the details of your reservation including hotel name and full address.

Please note that in order to confirm the hotel reservation the total prepayment of the stay is requested within 30 September 2011. The balance payment can be effectuated by bank draft. In case the due balance is not received by the deadline, the reservation will be cancelled; the down payment will be invoiced as penalty. Reservations will not be confirmed until full payment is received.

Payments & Cancellations

All payments regarding registration fees and hotel accommodation should be forwarded:
by bank transfer (free of charge for the beneficiary) to: Account name: ESASO 2011
Bank: Credit Suisse – Lugano – Switzerland
IBAN Code: CH64 0483 5035 0941 6200 0

A copy of the bank transaction has to be sent together with the registration and accommodation form to ESASO. The participant’s full name and payment purpose must be clearly stated in the transfer order.

Appropriate booking and avoidance of hotel penalty fees is extremely important for this congress. Please find below the following conditions for the registration package. We ask you to register as soon as possible to ensure there is sufficient place for you and to obtain best conditions.

Any changes or cancellation regarding registration fees, hotel accommodation should be made in writing to ESASO If not stated differently on the confirmation slip, these are the official cancellation deadlines.
Q1 2011 regular price, 50% of the cancelled value as penalty
Q2 2011 regular price +10%, 75% of the cancelled value as penalty
Q3 2011 regular price + 15%, 100% of the cancelled value as penalty

Booking fees will not be refunded. Refunds will be processed after the congress.

Major Partner

This congress is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from:


  • AMDAI (AMD Alliance International)
  • Alcon
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • D.O.R.C
  • Novartis
  • Topcon

Registration and Fees

Registration Form

Kindly register directly with the congress Travel Management / PCO: and call for further assistance Tel. +351 (21) 415 9900.

Luisa Marques or Isabel Oliveira are happy to answer any questions you might have.

Registration Fees

  •  Rate BEFORE 3 Jun 2011
  • Delegate: €1,277 to €1,455
  • ESASO Student and Graduate **: Accommodation only
  • One-day Registration: On-site only!
  • Industry Representatives and others: As mentioned above (delegate)


  • Rate BETWEEN
    4 Jun & 22 Sep 2011
  • Delegate: €1,377 to €1,555
  • ESASO Student and Graduate **: Accommodation only
  • One-day Registration: On-site only!
  • Industry Representatives and others: As mentioned above (delegate)


  • Rate AFTER
    22 Sept 2011 / On-site
  • Delegate: €1,650
  • ESASO Student and Graduate **: Accommodation only
  • One-day Registration: € 350
  • Industry Representatives and others: As mentioned above (delegate)

**Certificate of training director, copy of student card or proof of occupation is mandatory!

Please take note that the deadline for pre-registration is set for 22 September 2011.
Registrations submitted after this date will be prosecuted at full price! The latest deadline for online registration is 24 October 2011. After that deadline, we will not be able to process your registration and you will need to register On-site at the Congress.

The Registration Fee for Delegates includes:

  1. Admission to all scientific sessions, and the industry exhibition
  2. Meeting documentation (incl. the programme book and the Poster/poster book)
  3. “Welcome Reception” on Thursday, 3 November 2011
  4. “Lisbon Night” on Friday, 4 November 2011
  5. “Closing and Awards Ceremony” on Saturday, 5 November 2011
  6. Refreshments and lunches during the congress
  7. Shuttle bus transfers from airport to hotels and to Congress Centre (return)
  8. Certificate of Attendance and CME credits

The Registration Fee DOES NOT INCLUDE

  1. Travel to congress
  2. Food and refreshments (coffee, tea, soft drinks, etc.) outside the congress hours
  3. Optional tours or hotel fees

Please note, that only fully registered delegates will be admitted to the scientific sessions!

Event Tags


November 3, 2011


November 5, 2011


Lisbon, Portugal

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