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17th ESASO Retina Academy 2017


Abstract and Case Studies

The Submission is now Closed.
The best abstracts will be presented by the authors during the congress.

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) Borja Corcóstegui, Spain
Neil Bressler, USA
Antonia Joussen, Germany
Coordinators Maurizio Battaglia-Parodi, Italy
Bruno Falcomatà, Italy

Scientific Programme

Scientific Committee Chair
Francesco Bandello, Italy

Borja Corcóstegui, Spain
Neil Bressler, USA
Antonia Joussen, Germany

Scientific Committee Coordinators
Maurizio Battaglia Parodi, Italy
Bruno Falcomatà, Italy

International Expert Faculty
Over 30 international renowned speakers

Session formats
Plenary Sessions
Keynote Lecture
ESASO Panel Debates
Retinamour Clinical Cases Session
Advanced Level ESASO MasterClasses
Industry Innovation Session
IVOM Course Basic (certified)
IVOM Course Advanced (certified)
Workshops on Imaging and diagnosis management techniques

Awards & ceremonies
ESASO Poster Awards
Young Ophthalmologist Awards
7th ESASO Graduation Ceremony
XOVA Awards

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

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The 17th ESASO Retina Academy 2017 has been accredited with 14 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 recognized 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.

Conflicts of Interest of the Members of the Scientific and Organising Committees

In accordance with criterion 24 of document UEMS 2012/30 “Accreditation of Live Educational Events by the EACCME”, these are the potential conflicts of interest of the members of the Scientific and Organising Committees for the last three years:

Francesco Bandello, MD
University Vita-salute, Scientific Institute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy
Receipt of honoraria/consultation fee from the commercial companies Allergan, Alcon, Alimera Sciences, Bausch and Lomb, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Farmila-Thea, Genentech, Hoffmann La-Roche, Novagali Pharma, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis, Santen, Sifi, Sooft, Thrombogenics, Zeiss

Maurizio Battaglia Parodi, MD
University Vita-salute, Scientific Institute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy
No potential conflict of interest to report

Neil M. Bressler, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA
Receipt of grant/research support from the commercial companies Bayer, Genentech/Roche, Lumenis, Novartis, Optovue, Regeneron, Samsung

Borja Corcóstegui, MD
Institut de Microcirurgia Ocular (IMO), Spain
Receipt of honoraria/consultation fee from the commercial companies Allergan, Bausch Lomb

Bruno Falcomatà, MD
Azienda Ospedaliera “B.M.M.”, Reggio Calabria, Italy
No potential conflict of interest to report

Giuseppe Guarnaccia, MD
European School for Advanced Studies in Ophtalmology, Lugano, Switzerland
No potential conflict of interest to report

Antonia Joussen, MD
Charité – Universitätismedizin Berlin, Germany
Receipt of research support and honoraria or consultation fees from commercial companies Bayer, Novartis

Congress Venue

Centrally located, near Brandenburg Gate in the heart of the government district, dbb forum offers 1,300 sqm of space over eleven flexible event rooms.

The buildings are flooded with natural daylight and offer an attractive contrast between modern design and traditional Wilhelminian architecture on Friedrichstrasse – one of the city’s main streets where new and old Berlin meet.

All event rooms are accessed centrally on the first floor via the impressive atrium. The careful blend of materials and the surprising openness of the architecture create the special atmosphere of the dbb forum berlin.

dbb forum berlin GmbH
Friedrichstraße 169
10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel +49 30 4081 4500

Further information is available at

Congress Details

Registration Delegate Badges and congress documentation will be handed out from the registration desk at the congress center.
Delegate badges According to the ESASO guidelines, delegates must wear their badges 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 The organisers are not responsible for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. Delegates are advised to make their own personal insurance arrangements.

Host City – Berlin


Berlin is where the future and the past come together. Separated by a wall for decades and reunified in 1989, it today has a multicultural and international atmosphere. But not only has world history shaped Berlin, it was and still is a hotspot of medical history. In 2010, the Charité, Berlin’s university hospital and medical school celebrated its 300th birthday.

With a population of 3.5 million people, Berlin is not only Germany’s capital, but is also its largest city.
It has a variety of museums and cultural buildings and is also known as a dynamic meeting and convention metropolis. With its two airports the city is easily accessible from anywhere in the world.

Germany – 82.2 million
Berlin – 3.5 million

German is the official language of Germany.

Berlin has a continental climate, which is distinguished by large seasonal temperature fluctuations. In summer the temperature can reach over 30oC. However, temperatures largely range between a pleasant 15oC and 25oC from May to September.

Time differences
Berlin is in the Central European Time Zone.

Electricity is supplied at 230 volts and the plugs follow the European system (with two pins).

Germany is a member of the European Community, and uses the Euro as currency. There are numerous currency exchanges and banks across the city where money can be exchanged for Euros or withdrawn from cash machines. As well as bureaus de change, mostly situated around train stations and airports, there are branches of all major banks across the city. The opening times are convenient with many banks open for the full working day, several days a week. Outside banking hours, you will find cash machines on nearly every street corner.

EuroCheque and credit card (American Express, Visa, Diners Club, Eurocard, MasterCard) are usually accepted.

Important: Berliners prefer to pay with cash. Debit cards and major credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard) may often also be used, but smaller shops and cafés might only accept cash payments. Therefore, visitors should always have some euro bills and coins on hand.

Opening hours
Banks operate daily and remain open during lunch. Almost all shops in the large shopping streets are open from 10 am to 8 pm, longer on certain weekends.

Berliners and guests meet at the late-night corner shop. Here you can find practically everything your heart desires – usually 24/7.

Travel Information

Berlin is a short flight away from most European cities.

By plane
Berlin’s two airports Tegel and Schönefeld, can be easily reached from the city’s centre, and are optimally integrated into the airlines’ national and international route networks. Over 21,640 national and international flights arrive and leave the two airports daily.

By car
It is easy and comfortable to go to Berlin by car. The city has a good connection to the motorway and there a several big streets going to the centre and enough spots for parking in the inner city. Please note that you need an environmental badge for your car because the centre of Berlin is an environmental zone.

By coach
Coaches are a popular form of transport for people visiting Berlin. With a number of coach stations all over the city, you can head straight to your desired location. National and international coach services to Berlin arrive and depart at the central bus station in the Charlottenburg district.

By train
You can reach Berlin from all directions by using the fast InterCityExpress, InterCity, EuroCity and InterRegio trains. All train stations are well connected to the public transport system.

By taxi
At Berlin airports you should pay particular attention to only take a taxi from one of the taxi ranks indicated, to avoid the possibility of getting tricked by a false taxi driver. Genuine taxis can also be recognised by their Berlin number plates plus the concession number located on the rear window. A word of warning here: concession numbers higher than 8,000 do not exist in Berlin!

The basic fare is €3.90, while the kilometre fare is €2.00 per kilometre for the first 7 kilometres, and €1.50 for each kilometre above that.


Hotels close to the dbb forum Berlin are listed on the following link.

The mentioned hotels are for guidance only.
Accommodation is not included in the registration fee and is to be secured at the participant’s own discretion

VISA/Invitation Letter

Entry Requirements

Non-EU citizens need a valid passport to enter Germany. Information sheets listing country-specific regulations for persons wishing to stay in Germany for less than 90 days are available at the respective German embassies.

The citizens of the following countries do not need a tourist visa to enter Germany:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Great Britain, Guatemala, Honduras, Hongkong, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Canada, Republic of Korea, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Republic of Slowakia, Slovenia, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela, Cyprus.

Vaccination recommendations: tetanus, diphtheria

Citizens of EU member states: no visa required

Citizens of non-EU member states: visa always required

VISA/Invitation Letter

Letters of invitation required to meet the administrative and legal regulations for visas of some countries are available to participants upon written request. Please contact the congress secretariat for further assistance.

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Industry Innovation Session

What About the Future? Answers from the Pharmaceutical Industry

As one of the most research-intensive and science-driven industries, the pharmaceutical industry is committed to the research and development of new treatments to address unmet medical needs.

In this session, representatives from the pharmaceutical industry will present their pipeline innovations and investigational agents in ophthalmology. In particular, they will discuss new molecules in development and ongoing 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.

ESASO Congress Contacts


ESASO / Organiser Villa Saroli, Viale Stefano Franscini 9
PO Box 5269
6901 Lugano, Switzerland
Scientific Committee Coordinators Bruno Falcomatà,
Tel. +39 (333) 313 5566
Maurizio Battaglia-Parodi,
Tel. +39 (340) 855 9739
Scientific Secretariat
Jennifer Green, AMP Health
Laura Dreifuss, AMP Health
Tel. +41 (44) 422 4000
Abstracts & Case Studies or
Tel. +44 (44) 422 4000
For technical questions
Logistics and Travel Management
Luisa Marques, MeetingPoint
Isabel Oliveira, MeetingPoint
Nélia Araujo, MeetingPoint
Tel. + 351 (214) 159 900


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January 30, 2018


07:00 - 16:00

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