OCT 2012

EyeWorld is the official news magazine of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery.

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Cornea Society News – published quarterly by the Cornea Society EBAA news EBAA and Cornea Society partner in advertising campaign of corneal tissue in the U.S. and in countries around the world. Now, EBAA and the Cornea Society are partnering in a collaborative advertising campaign to remind corneal surgeons and others in our profession about the work we do every day to protect and enhance the supply of tissue that is essential to successful transplants. The ad campaign, which will F appear in the Cornea journal, Cornea Society News, and online, will feature leading ophthalmologists talking about their confidence in EBAA's standards and processes. In conjunction with the "Follow the Cornea" course, which will be presented again at this year's AAO meeting, this campaign will give physicians a deeper understanding of the work that EBAA member eye banks do to provide them the best possible tissue. EBAA's 51st annual meeting overcomes storms to be successful EBAA held its 51st annual meeting June 20-23 at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Fla. While the weather was less than perfect, the meeting sessions were well received. Cornea continued from page 1 added partly as an acknowledgement that roughly one-quarter of attendees are either in training or recently out of training. Another talk in this section that Dr. Aldave highlighted is "Improving Your Odds of Getting Published" by R. Doyle Stulting, MD. The meeting will challenge some of corneal specialists' surgical conventions during the "Contrary to Popular Opinion" section. That includes "Endothelial Keratoplasty Mythbusters: When 'Common Knowledge' is Wrong," by Mark A. Terry, MD. "I've heard Dr. Terry talk on this topic before, and he makes excellent points, always in his own words as one who is driven by data," Dr. Aldave said. "His talk will be especially enlightening and remind us all that we should strive to practice evidence-based medicine." The more traditional sections will start with "Management of Ocular Surface Diseases—Show Me the Evidence," which includes "Thermal Pulsation and Intense Pulsed Light Therapy for Blepharitis" by James P. McCulley MD. The section titled "Anterior Segment Surgery—Expanding Your Reach" will begin with Sadeer B. Hannush, MD, and Vincenzo Sarnicola, MD, providing differing per- spectives on whether the big bubble technique or predescemetic dissection is preferable in deep anterior lamellar ker- atoplasty. For a complete list of the sessions and presenters, visit www.aao.org. CS or years, EBAA's medical standards and eye bank accreditation requirements have ensured the quality and safety In addition to important workshops focusing on eye bank operational areas like Donor and Hospital Development, Quality Assurance, and Technical Skills, the meeting featured a keynote by Molly Foley of Next Generation Consulting whose Unite and Ignite: Bringing Generations Together for a Successful Workplace presentation provided tips and tools to help the different genera- tions understand one another and harmonize relationships in order to meet common goals. The meeting's physician-focused programming on Saturday, June 23 was a huge success, featuring a Scientific Symposium and poster session, during which 15 scientific papers were present- ed, and a 3-hour Medical Directors' Symposium, which included talks on The Gift of a Donor Cornea: How Picky Can We Be, and a presentation by a panel of physicians on Medical Director Dilemmas: What Would You Do. The Medical Directors' Symposium also featured an EBAA medical standards, FDA, and legal panel that looked at difficult donor eligibility cases from the three different perspectives with a lot of audience interaction. EBAA's 52nd annual meeting will take place June 5-8, 2013, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. The call for papers for the Scientific Symposium on June 8 will open in December. EBAA awards over $50,000 in grants In its continuing effort to advance the science of eye banking and corneal transplantation, EBAA awarded over $50,000 in research and networking grants this year. Research grants, funded by an annuity established by Richard Lindstrom, MD, provide support for proposals specifically concerned with issues directly related to eye banking and/or corneal transplantation. This year, seven researchers were awarded research grants for proposals on topics ranging from allograft rejection among dry eye disease patients to the role of cellular stress response mechanisms in the development of Fuchs' dystrophy. The application process for EBAA's 2013 research grants will open in November; researchers exploring all aspects of corneal transplantation and/or eye banking are encouraged to submit proposals for consideration. Networking grants are awarded annually to promote an educational interchange of ideas between EBAA member eye banks. The Minnesota Lions Eye Bank and the Eye Bank of Canada (Ontario Division) received net- working grants to visit the Utah Lions Eye Bank and Lions VisionGift, respectively. Please visit www.restoresight.org for more information on these grants. CS 3

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