Retina Update Meeting 2024

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Retina update meeting 2023

February 3rd, 2023

Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti – VENICE

Presidents of the meeting

  • Edoardo Midena (Padua, Italy)
  • SriniVas Sadda (Los Angeles, USA)
  • Giovanni Staurenghi (Milan, Italy)

With the Patronage of

Dipartimento di Neuroscienze – DNS
Università degli Studi di Padova

Università degli Studi di Milano


Dear Colleagues,

As we all know, the field of retina is rapidly changing with new innovations in retinal diagnostics, therapeutics and our understanding of retinal disease pathophysiology.

The objective of this Retina update meeting is to provide a comprehensive overview of these new directions in our field, which all of us as ophthalmologists caring for patients with retinal disease must be aware of.

To achieve this goal, we are bringing together a group of renowned clinicians and scientists from around the world to share their collective expertise with us.

We will address the breadth of retinal diseases including age-related macular degeneration, retinal vascular diseases, and inherited retinal degenerations.
We will focus on new disease mechanisms, novel diagnostics, and emerging therapeutics. We will also include time for discussion and engagement with the experts, as we all learn to gather.

We hope that you will join us in the fabulous city of Venice for this meeting.

Edoardo Midena, SriniVas Sadda, Giovanni Staurenghi

Preliminary program

08:00 a.m. – 09:20 a.m. Session 1: Inherited Retinal Dystrophies
Moderators: Moderators: B. Falsini, J. Sparrow

08:00 a.m. – 08:10 a.m. Gene therapy: the different possibility
A.P. Salvetti

08:10 a.m. – 08:25 a.m. Imaging of Recessive Stargardt
J. Sparrow

08:25 a.m. – 08:40 a.m. Voretigenene parvovec: clinicalr esults in real life
F. Testa

08:40 a.m. – 08:55 a.m. Voretigenene parvovec: atrophy isit real a side effect?
A. Sodi

08:55 a.m. – 09:20 a.m. Invited lecture
Emerging technologies for imaging cellular function and health

S. Fraser

09.20 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Session 2: Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration Diagnostic Innovations and Challenges 
Moderators: U. Chakravarthy, S. Sadda

09:20 a.m. – 09:35 a.m. Fundus autofluorescence imaging in the clinical practice for AMD
S. Schmitz – Valckenberg

09:35 a.m. – 09:50 a.m. Near infrared photobiomodulation for intermediate AMD: a new opportunity or another dead hand?
F.Viola, M. Nassisi

09:50 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.Incomplete retinal pigment epithelial and outer retinal atrophy: longitudinal evaluation in AMD
R. Guymer

10:05 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Emerging therapy for Geographic Atrophy: an overview
J. Mones

10:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. The Onset and Progression of Persistent Hypertransmission Defects in Intermediate AMD: A Novel Clinical Trial Endpoint 
P. Rosenfeld

10:35 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Hyperreflective foci: towards function-structure correlation
T. Ach

10:50 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Agreement between DLS /SIRE on SD OCT and OCTA in detection of non exudative nAMD
U. Chakravarty

11:05 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Pachyvitelliform Maculopathy: A New Etiology of Acquired Vitelliform Lesions
D. Sarraf

11.20 a.m. – 11.35 a.m. Rod-mediated dark adaptation and OCT angiography at the aging-AMD transition: ALSTAR2
C. Curcio

11:35 a.m. – 12.00 p.m Panel Discussion: Considerations for incorporating anti-complement therapies into our clinical practice. 
Moderator: P. Rosenfeld
Panelists: K. Csaky, J. Mones, S. Schmitz-Valckenberg, G.Staurenghi

12:00 p.m. – 01:30 p.m. Session 3. Wet AMD
Moderator: D. Pauleikhoff, G. Staurenghi

12:00 p.m. – 12.15 p.m. Retinal microvascular abnormalities masquerading as neovascular AMD
B.K. Freund

12:15 p.m. – 12.30 p.m. Longterm results of anti-VEGF therapy in nAMD consequences for treatment strategies
D. Pauleikhoff

12:30 p.m. – 12.45 p.m. Management of subclinical choroidal neovascularization as determined by optical coherence tomography angiography
K. Csaky

12:45 p.m. – 01.00 p.m. Faricimab and Aflibercept 8mg for wet AMD
A. Invernizzi

01:00 p.m. – 01:15 p.m. AMD drugs in the pipelines 2023
G. Jaffe

01:15 p.m. – 01:30 p.m. Panel Discussion on Wet AMD
Moderator: S. Sadda
Panelists: F. Bottoni, T.H. Lim, G. Jaffe, A. Tufail, F. Viola

01:30 p.m. – 03:30 p.m. Session4: Diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases.
Moderator: E. Midena, R. Tadayoni

01:30 p.m. – 01:45 p.m. What is the role of OCTA in monitoring diabetic retinopathy?
R. Tadayoni

01:45 p.m. – 02:00 p.m. Screening for Hydroxychlorqouine Retinopathy insights from quantitative OCT analyses
C. Cukras

02:00 p.m. – 02:15 p.m. Anti-VEGF and progression to PDR: implications on follow-up
A. Tufail

02:15 p.m. – 02:30 p.m. Diabetic macular edema phenotypes: the combined imagingand omics
E. Midena

02:30 p.m. – 02:45 p.m. Pharmacologic reatment for Diabetic Macula Edema
E. Pilotto

02:45 p.m. – 03:00 p.m. ROP and new prognostic systemic parame
R. Parrozzani

03:00 p.m. – 03:15 p.m. OCT-A in Ocular oncology pro and con
M. Pellegrini

03:15 p.m. – 03:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
E. Midena, S. Sadda, G. Staurenghi

Presidents of the meeting

Edoardo Midena
Full Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences University of Padova, School of Medicine
Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology Padova University Hospital
Padua, Italy

Giovanni Staurenghi MD, FARVO, FEBO
Professor of Ophthalmology, Chairmen Eye Clinic
Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences “Luigi Sacco” Luigi Sacco Hospital, University of Milan – Italy

SriniVas R. Sadda, M.D.
Director, Artificial Intelligence & Imaging Research, Doheny Eye Institute Professor of Ophthalmology
David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California – LA

Faculty list


Department of Ophthalmology
University of Bonn, Germany

Eye Clinic, Department of Clinical Science “Luigi Sacco”,
Sacco Hospital, University of Milan – Milan, Italy

Professor, Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences
Royal Victoria Hospital (The Belfast Trust) and Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland

T. Boone Pickens Director
Clinical Center of Innovation for AMD
Chief Executive and Medical Officer
Retina Foundation of the Southwest

Director of the Medical Retina Fellowship Program at National Eye Institute
National Intitute of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

White-McKee Endowed Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Director of the AMD Histopathology Laboratory
University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine
Birmingham Alabama USA

Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology,
Universita Cattolica del S. Cuore, Rome, Italy

Provost Professor of Biology and Bioengineering
Elizabeth Garrett Professor of Convergent Biosciences
Director of Science Initiatives
Director Bridge Institute University of Southern California USA

Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, NYU School of Medicine New York, NY

Deputy Director, Centre for Eye Research Australia,
Professor Department of Surgery, (Ophthalmology)
University of Melbourne

Robert Machemer Professor of Ophthalmology
Chief, Vitreoretinal Division
Director, Duke Reading Center
Durham, NC

Group Chairman Medical Board, National Healthcare Group, Singapore
Adj. Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine,
Nanyang Technology University, Singapore
Senior Consultant, NHG Eye Institute, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

Director Institut de la Màcula, Centro Médico Teknon
Medical Director Barcelona Macula Foundation: Research for Vision
Barcelona, Spain

Consultant, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico di Milano
Ophthalmology Unit, Milan, Italy
University of Milan, Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health,
Milan, Italy.

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Neuroscience Ophthalmology,
University of Padova, Padova Italy

Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, St. Franziskus-Hospital Münster
Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Duisburg-Essen,

Consultant, Eye Clinic, Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Luigi Sacco Hospital, University of Milan, Italy

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Neuroscience Ophthalmology,
University of Padova, Padova Italy

Professor of Ophthalmology
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Miami
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL, USA

Consultant of Medical Retina and Ocular Genetics
Eye Clinic, Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences,
Luigi Sacco Hospital,
University of Milan, Italy

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
Retinal Disorders and Ophthalmic Genetics Division
Stein Eye Institute, UCLA

Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Professor
Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
John A. Moran Eye Center – University of Utah
Salt Lake City, US

University of Florence – Florence, Italy

Department of Ophthalmology
Columbia University Medical Center – NY
New York, US

Chef des services d’ophtalmologie des hôpitaux universitaires Lariboisière, Saint Louis et Fernand
Widal et du service rétine de l’Hôpital Cochin, Paris.
Professor of Ophthalmology, Université de Paris 7-Sorbonne Paris Cité

School of Medicine
Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Naples, Italy

Consultant ophthalmologist in the Medical Retina Service at Moorfields Eye Hospital
Professor of Ophthalmology at University College London
London, UK

Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health
University of Milan
Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico
Milan, Italy

General information

Meeting Venue

Your Attractive Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti – Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti Campo S. Stefano 2945 – 30124 Venezia
How to get to the meeting venue

Official language

The official language of the Meeting will be English.

CME accreditation

The application for CME accreditation has been submitted for Italian Physicians.
The CME credits will be awarded only after 90% attendance of all sessions.
Completion of the Registration Form, the Learning & Assessment questionnaires are compulsory.

Technical facilities

A Slide Centre with PCs (Windows and Macintosh operating systems) will be available for Speakers to check and preview their presentations. Speakers are kindly requested to submit
their presentations on USB flash drive to the Slide Centre technicians at least one hour before the opening of the Session.

Certificate of attendance

The attendance certificate will be provided on-site, upon request at the Registration Desk.

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