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2010 conference previews

At the start of the year, I like to plan which events and conferences I intend to visit in the coming year. Although we’ll have to wait until 2011 for the once-every-three-year International Conference on Low Vision, there are several interesting meetings coming up.

In May, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is by far the biggest vision meeting of the year – typically there are 8,000 presentations and 12,000 delegates. This conference covers all areas of clinical vision research but tends to have three or four low vision poster and paper sessions. It is also an excellent conference for networking and for finding out about the latest research trials of treatment of eye disease: for example, in 2008 the results of the gene therapy trials for Leber’s amaurosis were both first presented there.

I have been invited to speak at the Canadian Ophthalmology Society in Quebec City in late June. This is a conference which I have not visited before (being neither Canadian nor an Ophthalmologist) but is sounds as if this meeting will also have a substantial low vision content.

As frequent readers will know, I very much enjoyed the Envision conference in 2009. This year’s Envision meeting will be in San Antonio, Texas, from September 22nd-25th. Envision has a mix of clinical teaching and research seminars, and although it’s a relatively small meeting there are parallel sessions so the programme is very busy. More information on this meeting can be found at www.envisionconference.org.

I am very excited by a new European low vision meeting which is taking place for the first time in Valladodid, Spain, this October. Although there are not many details on their website yet, I think this could be an excellent meeting. (Note their website defaults to Spanish: the English button is towards the top right of the screen; and see disclaimer below).

More locally, I think it’s about time I made another visit to Sight Village in July (link) – the largest British trade fair of low vision aids and electronic devices – in order to check out new developments in this field.

Looking ahead to 2011, I’m slightly concerned that the organisers of the Vision 2011 meeting haven’t yet prepared their website or sent a call for abstracts yet, but I’m sure that will follow soon…

As always, I’ll update my blog with news from each of these meetings. Who knows, in between going to conferences (and collecting thousands of air miles, by the look of things) I may even get some work done!


Disclaimer: I am on the scientific committee for the European low vision meeting, but have no commercial connection with it.

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