Friday, May 15, 2009

EURETINA is getting bigger and better

In his opening speech at the opening ceremony of this year’s EURETINA Congress, the president of the European Society of Retina Specialists, Professor José Cunha-Vaz MD (pictured above with incoming president Bill Aylward) expressed his satisfaction with the growth of the society and the continuing improvement of the Congress from year to year.

“I am particularly pleased with the way our society has expanded and that it is offering participants what they want and we would like to continue going in that direction. Bill Aylward from the UK, who will assume the presidency next year, will certainly carry that work further with even better congresses,” he said.
He credited the Congress organisers Agenda with making the congress run more smoothly and efficiently. He noted that in a move to integrate the different fields of ophthalmology next year’s EURETINA meeting will be held in PARIS directly before and at the same venue as the Annual Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive surgeons

“The fact that the largest subspecialty societies are coming together will be an impressive opportunity for the industry and for anterior and posterior segment surgeons to gain more exposure to each other’s disciplines.

He noted that the European Society of Retina Specialists has recently signed an agreement for Ophthalmologica, one of the oldest and most prestigious European scientific journals in ophthalmology to become the society’s official scientific journal. Starting in 2010 it will have Professor Cunha-Vaz as its editor in chief.
“This is something we can offer our members to allow us to express our scientific studies and somehow create a better, solid basis for our scientific development, he added.

There followed a Musical Interlude by young Portuguese pianist João Bettencourt da Câmara. Born in 1988, he has been performing piano recitals since the age of seven. During his first international tour to the USA in 2007 he received much enthusiastic critical acclaim, being compared to a young Sviatoslav Richter, widely acknowledged as the greatest classical pianist of the 20th century. For his first performance during the EURETINA opening ceremony he performed Schumann’s famous Etudes Symphonique, a piece which takes a simple theme into variations that range in mood and tempo from sombre to playful and concludes with a jubilant allegro brillante based on a new theme.

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