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Jan. 12, 2012

Emory Eye Center to Host 26th Southeastern
Vitreoretinal Seminar (SEVR)


Media contact: Joy Bell, 404-778-3711, jbell@emory.edu

(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center will host the 26th Southeastern Vitreoretinal Seminar (SEVR) at the Eye Center’s Calhoun Auditorium within the Learning Resources Center in The Emory Clinic, Building B. The meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2012. The annual seminar addresses issues of the retina and treatments for its various disorders.

The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to the brain. Disorders and diseases of the retina include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular holes and puckers, and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), among others.

G. Baker Hubbard, III, MD, Thomas M. Aaberg Professor of Ophthalmology and director of clinical retina at Emory Eye Center, will host the seminar. Dr. Hubbard’s primary research interest is in characterizing the clinical manifestations of pediatric retinal disorders and their treatment outcomes. He also has been the institutional principal investigator for national clinical trials on emerging therapies for adult retinal disorders, such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.

The opening event is the Paul Sternberg Jr. lecture, presented by Alexander J. Brucker MD, professor of Ophthalmology at the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia’s Scheie Eye Institute.  His topic will be “Elevated Intraocular Pressure Following Anti-VEGF Therapy: Fact or Fiction?”

“SEVR is my favorite meeting of the year,” says Dr. Hubbard. “I always learn an enormous amount from the interesting cases presented by our colleagues from around the Southeast.  The event is more than just a learning event, however,” he explains.  “It also improves the care we can deliver in our region by establishing and reinforcing collegial relationships with other retina surgeons who share difficult cases with us. The meeting is truly a highlight of the year.”

Timothy Olsen, MD, director of Emory Eye Center, explains the strategic timing of this year’s event. “We are pleased to announce our 26th Southeastern Vitreoretinal seminar.  A unique aspect of this year’s meeting is that we've scheduled SEVR on Friday to precede the GEM (“Georgia Society of Ophthalmology; Emory Eye Center; and Medical College of Georgia”) winter meeting in Atlanta on Saturday,” says Dr. Olsen. “This will enable a broader audience who may wish to attend. Participants can obtain CME for both events in an exciting and educationally rich weekend. We’re very pleased to have Professor Alexander J. Brucker, MD, as our keynote speaker. He is an internationally recognized leader in the diagnosis and management of complex retinal disorders. In addition to delivering the annual Sternberg lecture, he will serve as the lead discussant throughout the case presentations and give the key retina lectures at the GEM meeting,” he says. 

“SEVR also serves as a reunion time for those of us who trained in vitreoretinal surgery at Emory,” he continues. “This year we encourage our alumni to reunite with Emory for SEVR and/or GEM. As always, and most importantly, with the traditional of Southern hospitality, we encourage all of our local, regional, and national colleagues who are interested in discussing any topics around vitreoretinal disease.”

Emory Eye Center’s retina service has offered the seminar to local and regional ophthalmologists for the past 26 years. Emory’s retina faculty continue to be cutting-edge specialists, treating multiple disorders that involve the back of the eye. Their pioneering retinal research, innovative new drug treatments, macular translocation surgery and new laser treatments, may revolutionize the treatment of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in individuals over age 60. Emory Eye Center’s retina service faculty include:  Chris Bergstrom, MD, OD: Blaine Cribbs, MD; Andrew Hendrick, MD; G. Baker Hubbard III, MD; Timothy W. Olsen, MD; Joshua Robinson, MD; Jiong Yan, MD; and Steven Yeh, MD, & Dr. Joshua Robinson.
Techniques and instruments developed by Eye Center retina surgeons for surgery on the retina and vitreous, the jelly-like substance that fills the eye, are used by ophthalmic surgeons from throughout the world.

The SEVR meeting will provide a forum for dissemination of knowledge in retinal treatments and research. The meeting has been a forum to meet and share information in an open, intellectually demanding and collaborative environment.  For details on the event, go to:  eyecenter.emory.edu/sevr

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