A diverse and distinguished group of clinicians and researchers from around the world enjoyed a stimulating two days of active discussion at the first international AMD symposium hosted by the Harvard Ophthalmology. The symposium, which also included leaders from related disciplines outside ophthalmology, featured an interactive format to discuss current areas and future avenues in AMD research. Topics included genetics, RPE/ Bruch’s membrane/choriocapillaris, inflammation, stem cells and tissue engineering, imaging, animal models, and neurodegenerative disease. Discussion panels were purposefully long, and the audience truly engaged faculty in stimulating discussion.
Post-symposium feedback was highly positive. Attendees commented on the great selection of speakers and moderators for the event, and the lively and active discussions during panel sessions. Kudos from attendee, Nicolas G. Bazan, MD, PhD, Professor and Director, Neuroscience Center of Excellence, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Ernest C. and Yvette C. Villere Endowed Chair for Retinal Degenerative Diseases, captures some of the enthusiasm generated at the meeting, “…Without a doubt, it was the best AMD meeting I have ever attended. I left there with a wealth of knowledge on the excellent research taking place in this area. Also, I was very pleased that we had ample time for extended group discussions of the different contributions presented. The meeting was a major success thanks to the committee’s efforts and thoughtfulness.”
“This meeting was a great platform to engage colleagues from all over the U.S. and abroad, and an opportunity to collaborate with some of the best minds in AMD research,” noted famed angiogenesis scientist, Dr. Anthony P. Adamis. “Having speakers on hand from related disciplines added to the depth of discussions and gave this meeting a very unique flavor. In every respect, it was a great experience.”