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16th ESASO Retina Academy 2016


Scientific Programme

Evidence-based education and real-life case experience.

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Congress Organisation

Organising Committee

President ESASO Retina Academy Francesco Bandello, Italy
President ESASO Foundation Borja Corcóstegui, Spain
ESASO Global Executive Director Giuseppe Guarnaccia, Switzerland

Scientific Committee

Chair Francesco Bandello, Italy
Co-Chair(s) Neil Bressler, USA
Borja Corcóstegui, Spain
Rufino Silva, Portugal
Angela Carneiro, Portugal
João Nascimento, Portugal
Coordinators Bruno Falcomatà, Italy
Maurizio Battaglia-Parodi, Italy

Scientific Programme

Scientific Committee

Chair: Francesco Bandello, Italy

Neil Bressler, USA; Borja Corcóstegui, Spain;

Scientific Committee Coordinators:

Bruno Falcomatà, Italy; Maurizio Battaglia-Parodi, Italy

Main Topics

VMA/VMT/MH, AMD, DME, RVO, PM, retinal non-perfusion, OCT techniques development, retinal pharmacology, geographic atrophy, central serous chorioretinopathy, uveitis, dystrophy, rehabilitation, artificial vision, and other topics of retinal diseases as well as general topics.

International expert faculty

30+ international expert speakers

Session Formats

8 Plenary Sessions
2 Lectio Magistralis
2 Roundtable discussions
1 ESASO Style Debates
1 Retinamour Clinical Cases Session
9 advanced level ESASO MasterClasses
1 Industry Innovation Session
4 Workshops on Imaging and diagnosis management techniques

Awards & Ceremonies

ESASO Poster Awards
Young Ophthalmologist Awards
6th ESASO Graduation Ceremony
XOVA Awards

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Continuing Medical Education (CME)

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Continuing Medical Education (CME)

The 16th ESASO Retina Academy 2016 has been accredited with 12 ECMEC Credits by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).

European Accreditation
CME accreditation granted by the UEMS-EACCME® provides a guarantee to participants from all over the world that the content of the CME provided is of a high quality, unbiased and didactic and, for European doctors, that this quality will be recognised in their home country.

The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Conversion of EACCME credits to AMA credits
Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Congress Abstracts

Abstract Publications

All accepted abstracts will be published in the Ophthalmic Research Journal, and presented as posters.
The five best abstracts will be selected for rapid fire oral presentation during the meeting on Friday, 24 June 2016.

Young Ophthalmologist Award

The ESASO Retina Academy has a special award for young ophthalmologists and scientists, under the age of 40 years, working in the field of ophthalmology. The Scientific Committee has extended the submission criteria to all young professionals worldwide to submit their abstracts. The winners will be invited by the Scientific Committee to attend the 17th ESASO Retina Academy in 2017.

Please note: To be eligible for presentation at least one author per abstract must be registered for the ESASO Retina Academy.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us at

Industry Innovation Session

What About the Future? Answers from the Pharmaceutical Industry
As one of the most research-intensive and science-driven industries, pharma is committed to the research and development of new treatments to meet unmet medical needs.

In this session, the pharmaceutical industry will give insight about their pipeline innovations and investigational agents in ophthalmology. In particular, they will present new molecules in development and on-going clinical trials with the aim of providing insights into the scientific investigations and outputs of the commercial laboratories.

The session will be hosted by Francesco Bandello, President ESASO Retina Academy, and each presentation will include time for questions from the audience.

Congress Venue


The Estoril Congress Center (ECC) boasts a privileged location, 25 km away from Lisbon airport.

Opened in 2001, the ECC offers a rare architectural symbiosis of high outside-facing glass walls, wood and concrete structures, bathed in natural light, having won the “Excellence in Innovation and Quality Architecture Prize” award.

The Estoril Congress Center was designed to be widely flexible, with different means of use and state-of-the-art technology, including wi-fi available in the whole building and is suitable to host all types of event and several activities simultaneously.

A wide range of accommodation can be found in walking distance around the congress centre, as well as excellent public transport facilities directly from the Lisbon airport and the city center.

The ECC is the only venue in Portugal certified as a Green Venue (EarthCheck’s Silver Certification) for its good environmental practice and commitment to sustainable business.

Further information is available at


Congress Details

Registration Desk – Schedule Badges and congress documentation will be handed out at the congress center, Centro de Congressos do Estoril, www.estorilcc.comSchedule: To be informed
Badges for participants According to the ESASO guidelines, the individual delegate’s badges must be worn at all times throughout the congress.
Congress Language The official congress language is English.
Food and Refreshments Food and refreshments are not included in the registration fee outside congress times, with the exception of the planned congress hospitality.
Insurance(s) The organisers are not responsible for individual medical, travel or personal insurances. Delegates are advised to make their own personal insurance arrangements.


Congress Hospitality

Welcome Reception

  • Date: Thursday, 23 June 2015
  • Time: 18:00 to 19:00
  • Place: Centro de Congressos do Estoril
  • Programme: The Welcome Reception is an informal get together with finger food and  beverages.
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Price: Included in the registration fee

Congress Evening Meal

  • Date: Friday, 24 June 2016
  • Time: 20:00 to 22:30
  • Place: Restaurant Espelho de Água
  • Programme: Aperitifs  followed by a three course dinner, 19:15 transportation from the congress hotels, Return transportation to the hotels will be provided.
  • Dress code: Smart casual
  • Costs: € 80 per person, including round trip transportation

Host Country


Portugal is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional range of different landscapes, and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its mild climate, of 3’000 hours sunshine per year and 850 km of coast by the Atlantic Ocean, makes it the perfect congress destination.Portugal is situated at the south-west point of Europe and also includes the Madeira and Azores archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean, and neighbours with Spain.


Host City – Estoril



Estoril is relatively close to Lisbon. It extends from Carcavelos, 15 Km from the Portuguese capital, and stretches to the Estoril coast. As a result, it regularly hosts international meetings, and offers an excellent infrastructure and accommodation facilities.


Useful Information

Portugal – 10 millions as a whole
Estoril – 26’397 people

Portuguese is the official language of Portugal.

The climate of the region is more Mediterranean that that of the European North Atlantic.
The average temperature in June is:
Average   22°C / 72°F
Low        18°C / 64°F
High        27°C / 80°F
Detailed weather forecasts can be found on

Time differences
Portugal uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and is on the same latitude as London/Greenwich.

Electricity is supplied at 220 volts and the plugs follow the European system (with two pins).

Portugal is a member of the European Community, and uses the Euro as currency. Banks offer normal currency exchange services and most establishments accept credit and debit cards. ATMs, known as Multibanco, are abundant and very easy to find.

Opening Hours
Banks operate daily from 08:30 to 15 hrs, and remain open during lunch. Pharmacies operate daily from 9:00 to 22 hours, although there are permanent service pharmacies open at all hours and days of the week.

Travel Information

Portugal, is a short flight away from most European cities.

By Plane
Estoril is served by the Lisbon International Airport, located only 20 kilometres (12 miles) away. All major international airlines land and are represented here.

From Lisbon Airport to Estoril
There are two transportations to get from the Airport to the City Centre:

By Train (Subway + Railway)
The subway connects the airport with the CAIS DO SODRÉ train station in the city centre. Delegates need to switch trains to the Estoril railway. The journey takes just over a half an hour, and rewards with a magnificent view on the ocean.

By Bus (Airbus)
The airbus (CASCAIS LINE) connects the airport with the CAIS DO SODRÉ train station in the city centre. It runs every 20 minutes. Delegates need to switch to the Estoril railway.

By Taxis
Taxi services operate around the clock and only stop between 02:00 and 05:30 hrs. An average ride is around 30 minutes is around 30 minutes.

Useful link around the airport


VISA/Letters of Invitation

Passport and Visa Requirements
Citizens of the European Union, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Romania and Switzerland need only an identity card to enter Portugal.

For visits of less than 90 days, a passport valid for at least three months after the end of their stay is necessary for visitors from Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China in Hong Kong and Macao and Taiwan territorial Authority.

Citizens from countries not mentioned above need a visa to enter Portugal, which may be requested at the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate of their country for stays of up to 90 days.

Under the terms of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement, flights between Schengen states are considered to be internal flights and passengers do not need to obtain another visa.

Portuguese Embassies and Consulates Abroad

VISA/Letters of Invitations
Letters of invitation required to meet the administrative and legal regulations for visas of some countries are available to participants upon written requests. Please inform the congress secretariat for further processing.



Hotel-Palácio Hotel Palácio do Estoril 5*
Since the 1930’s, the very elegant Palacio Estoril Hotel has been
welcoming guests from all over the world including numerous Heads
of State and members of royalty.The Hotel, comprises a total of 161
elegant bedrooms. Famous as a favorite haunt for spies during World
War II, the Bar Estoril, is the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing
drink.Room Facilities: Room service 24 hours, Cable TV, Telephone,
Air conditioning, Minibar, Safety box, Hairdryer, Free WIFI.Facilities
in the Hotel: 2 Bars, 3 Restaurants, Terrace, GardensWalking distance
from the Estoril Congress Center.
 Accom1 Hotel Vila Galé Estoril 4*
The 126 air-conditioned rooms at the VilaGalé Estoril are spacious and
include satellite TV and a work desk. Some rooms have panoramic
views and Guests can indulge in unique cuisine at the Restaurant
Inevitável, which serves traditional Portuguese dishes and wines.
Room Facilities:Room service 24 hours, Cable TV, Telephone, Air
conditioning, Minibar, Safety box, Hairdryer, Paid WIFI. Facilities
in the Hotel: 2 restaurants, 2 bars, Wi-Fi internet connection in
public areas (free service). Walking distance from the Estoril
Congress Center
Hotel Inglaterra 4*

With pleasant views over Estoril gardens, and residential areas;
the Inglaterra Hotel Estoril is located in a quiet area that
provides all the conditions for a tempering rest. Built along
the lines and splendor of a late 19th century Portuguese mansion,
the Inglaterra Hotel is located in the heart of Estoril. All 55
guestrooms at the hotel are well decorated and equipped with
several modern amenities, some have a private balcony. Room
facilities: Room service 24 hours, TV, Telephone, Air conditioning,
Minibar, Safety box, Hairdryer, Free WIFI.Facilities in the
Hotel: 2 Bars; Panoramic restaurant, Estoril; Gardens; Gymnasium
Walking distance from the Estoril Congress Center
Amazónia Hotel Amazónia Estoril 4*
This 4-star hotel enjoys from a privilege location, only a
short walk from Congress Center, Tamariz Beach and the railroad
station. Lisbon and the historical village of Sintra are only
20 minutes away.Fully refurbished in 2009 the Amazónia Estoril
Hotel, offers a modern and peaceful ambience, being the perfect
choice for a comfortable and relaxing stay in one of the most
exotic locations of the Portuguese coast. Room facilities: Free
Internet, Air Conditioning, Hair dryer, Direct telephone,
Satellite TV, and Safe.Facilities in the Hotel: Bar, Restaurant,
Room Service 500m walking distance from the Estoril Congress Center.
Aparthotel-Pestana-Cascais Aparthotel Pestana Cascais 4*
This hotel offers 147 rooms featuring a spacious balcony and an
outdoor seating area. They come with a fully equipped kitchenette.
Room facilities: Internet (Charged), Air Conditioning, Hair dryer,
Direct telephone, TV Cable, and Safe.Facilities in the Hotel: 2 Bars,
1 Restaurant, Terrace.Hotel Pestana Cascais provides a free shuttle
service to Cascais’s centre.6,2km distance from the Estoril Congress
Hotel-Vila-Galé Hotel Vila Galé Cascais 4*
The Hotel Vila Galé Cascais is located a few meters from the
historic Cascais centre. With a total of 233 spacious rooms,
it was fully renovated in 2009.Room Facilities: Air Conditioning,
Hair dryer, Electronic safety door lock, 24-hour room service,
Direct telephone, Private bathroom with telephone, LCD TV Cable,
Safe (service with additional cost), Minibar, Wi-Fi Internet
Connection.Facilities in the Hotel: 2 Bars, 1 Restaurant,
TerraceThe hotel offers free Wi-Fi access in all areas.5,6km from
the Estoril Congress Center.
Pestana-Cidadel-Cascais Pousada Cidadela de Cascais
The Pousada de Cascais – Cidadela Historic Hotel& Art District,
is a world in itself with restaurants, bars, outdoor and indoor
pool, wellness centre, business centre and ample meeting and
conference facilities and now includes an Art District, turning
it into the first hotel in Europe with a project of this nature.
It is a unique place where ancient meets modern and some of the
rooms are dramatically set into the former barracks, while
others, more modern, enjoy spectacular views to the sea or over
the interior plazas, turning each stay into a unique experience.
Room facilities: Free Internet, Air Conditioning, Hair dryer,
Direct telephone, Satellite TV, and Safe.Facilities in the Hotel: Bar, Restaurant 3,7km distance from
the Estoril Congress Center.5,6km from the Estoril Congress Center

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ESASO Congress Contacts

ESASO / Organiser Villa Saroli, Viale Stefano Franscini 9
PO Box 5269
6901 Lugano, Switzerland
General Manager Gabriella Skala,
Tel. +41 (44) 422 4000
Scientific Committee Coordinators Bruno Falcomatà,
Tel. +39 (333) 313 5566Maurizio Battaglia-Parodi,
Tel. +39 (340) 855 9739
Scientific Secretariat
Gabriela Burian,
Tel. +41 (44) 422 4000

Nélia Araujo,
Tel. + 351 214 159 900
Abstracts AND
for technical questions
Case Studies
Logistics and Travel Management
Luisa Marques,
Isabel Oliveira,
Tel. + 351 214 159 900

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