Keynote Speakers (OLD)

Bill Aylward, UK – Retina 

Saturday, 10 June 2017  – ‘Evolution of retinal surgery’.  13.15 – 14.00hrs

Bill Aylward PicBill Aylward is a senior Consultant Vitreoretinal surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He gained a scholarship in Natural Sciences to Cambridge University in 1975, studying mathematics and physics before switching to Medicine. He trained in ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital where he wrote an MD thesis which won the best in year prize in 1989. He completed fellowships in Vitreoretinal surgery with Peter Leaver at Moorfields, and medical retina with Don Gass in Miami.

In 1994 he was appointed Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields where he developed a special interest in submacular surgery and retinal detachment. He has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers, and 15 book chapters. He was a member of the first board of Euretina, and was President from 2009 to 2011. He is Past President of the British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons, and is President of the Club Jules Gonin. He has also served on the board of the American Society of Retinal Specialists, and in 2014 was included in the list of the 100 most influential people in ophthalmology compiled by the Ophthalmologist journal.

 Geoffrey Rose, UK – Oculoplastics 

Sunday, 11 June 2017  – ‘Ice cream sellers and second-hand car salesmen; the problems of socket surgery’.  13.15 – 14.00hrs

376 Geoff Rose

Geoffrey Rose graduated BSc Pharmacology in 1976, in Medicine in 1979, and was awarded Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (1982).  Ophthalmic training was at King’s College Hospital, St Thomas Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital, with award of Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (1985) and Royal College of Ophthalmologists (1988).  In 1990 the University of London granted an MS doctorate for his research and, in 2004, awarded him a Doctor of Science.

Geoffrey Rose was appointed consultant at Moorfields in 1990, has been Director of Adnexal Service, and is currently the senior consultant in orbital and lacrimal diseases.  The unique case-mix has fuelled research with publication of 200 papers and 30 chapters on adnexal diseases.  He lectures widely and has presented various named and guest lectures.  He received the Lester Jones Anatomy Award from the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (of which he is honorary fellow) and Professor Rose is a Senior Research Fellow of the Biomedical Research Centre at the Institute of Ophthalmology, London.

Professor Rose is President of European Society of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and has served as British Council member of this group.  He is a Past-President of the British Oculoplastic Surgical Society.


Bertil Damato, MD, PhD USA – Oncology and Pathology 

Monday, 12 June 2017 – ‘Diagnosis and treatment of uveal melanoma: a new millennium’.  13.15 – 14.00hrs


Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiation Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco, where in 2013 he was invited to be Director of the Ocular Oncology Service. Before then, he was Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and Director of the Liverpool Ocular Oncology Center, which he established in 1993.  Dr. Damato’s has pioneered or refined several therapeutic techniques for ocular melanoma. His research interests include genetic prognostication for uveal melanoma and quality of life in patients with this disease. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, 60 reviews, 50 book chapters and 6 books, one as single author. Dr. Damato has served as Founding Secretary then President of the European Ophthalmic Oncology Group; President of the European Vision and Eye Research Association; Vice-President then President of the International Society of Ocular Oncology; and Chairman of the Program Committee of the American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists. He has won several awards, including the Bjerrum Medal, Danish Ophthalmological Society; Cohen Gold Medal, South Africa; National Health Service Platinum Award, UK; Ashton Medal, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK; and the Watson Medal, Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium.

 Alfredo Sadun, MD PhD, USA – Neuro-ophthalmology 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017  – ‘Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy: Light at the end of the tunnel’.  11.45 – 12.30hrs


Professor and Thornton Endowed Chair, Doheny Eye Institute.  Vice-Chair of Ophthalmology, Dept. Ophthalmology, UCLA.

Dr. Sadun graduated from MIT (1972) and after obtaining his Ph.D. and M.D., completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School followed by a fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology.  He joined the full-time faculty at Harvard, Department of Ophthalmology in 1983 and was recruited to USC/Doheny where he remained for 30 years.  He helped lead Doheny in its transition to UCLA in 2014.

His research has centered on the clinical, psychophysical and laboratory studies of diseases of the optic nerve.  In the 1980’s Dr. Sadun was one of the first to apply a new tract-tracing technique in order to establish nine anatomical pathways between the eye and the brain.  Dr. Sadun was the first to describe a human retinal projection to the hypothalamus that subserves the visual entrainment of the circadian rhythm and was also the first to identify an optic neuropathy associated with Alzheimer’s disease.  In 1993, he was selected and sponsored by the United Nations to lead an investigative team to determine the cause of an epidemic of optic neuropathy in Cuba.  He is author of about 300 peer-reviewed publications (H-index: 47).