Held in sunny Brisbane, The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Asia summit brought together leading researchers and clinicians from across the Asia Pacific region to build bridges between disciplines and countries working on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of eye disease.
With the theme “Bridging disciplines and disparities: Connecting eye research with health outcomes”, the conference aimed to foster collaborations across research disciplines, amongst countries and between laboratories and clinicians. Save Sight Institute (SSI) staff were at the forefront of the conference, highlighting the depth of expertise across clinical and laboratory research into numerous sub-specialties in ophthalmology. SSI Director, Professor Peter McCluskey was co-chair of the conference, and Professor Stephanie Watson and Professor John Grigg Scientific Program Chairs. Professor Robyn Jamieson (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Associate Professor Clare Fraser (Eye Movements, Strabismus, Amblyopia and Neuro-ophthalmology), Professor Mark Gillies (Retina) and Professor Paul Martin (Visual Neuroscience) were all members of their respective Scientific Program Committees.
The Save Sight Registries team were well represented with a booth, sponsored by Bayer Australia. Save Sight Registries coordinator, Pari Herrera-Bond, noted that:
“The booth at ARVO was an overall success providing an effective forum to promote the Registries, support existing users, scope potential international collaboration and emphasise the importance of the Registries.”
There was keen interest from clinicians from the Philippines, India, Nepal and Korea and existing user, Professor Leys from Belgium committed to further promoting the system in Belgium.
The future of eye research is in strong hands with several of SSI’s early career researchers presenting their research work during the Poster Presentation sessions. Dr Alessandro Invernizzi presented on the use of OCT in the diagnosis of infectious retinitis. Maria Cabrera-Aguas presented a poster entitled “The outcomes of oral and topical antiviral therapy in herpes simplex keratitis and keratouveitis”, co-authored with Dr Dana Robaei and Professor Stephanie Watson. Pauline Khoo’s highlight of the conference was presenting her first poster entitled “The results of corneal scraping and culture from a large case series of patients with microbial keratitis”. Pauline said of her attendance at the conference,
“I attended a number of symposiums and seminars which discussed some interesting findings with regards to prevention, diagnosis and treatment options for a number of eye diseases. I also met many bright scientists and doctors in the field of ophthalmology, which may hopefully lead to future collaborations.”