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Feb. 25, 2014

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Emory Eye Center to Host 28th Southeastern Vitreoretinal Seminar (SEVR) at historic East Lake Golf Club

Media contact: Joy Bell, 404-778-3711

(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center will host the 28th Southeastern Vitreoretinal Seminar (SEVR) at the historic East Lake Golf Club in East Atlanta for the first time. East Lake is home course to the legendary golfer Bobby Jones and is the oldest golf course in Atlanta.

The meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 (partial day). 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. 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 Mark Blumenkranz, MD, professor and chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Stanford University.

“We are very excited to host retina surgeons from around the Southeast at East Lake this year,” says Hubbard. “This is a terrific meeting and a great opportunity share difficult cases and learn from each other’s experiences with the nuances of our field. Our guest lecturer, Dr. Blumenkranz, is a world-renowned retina specialist who will discuss cutting edge advances in the care of retinal disease. With such a great speaker and the outstanding venue I believe we are set for our best retina meeting ever.” “The SEVR meeting has a very dynamic and open format that emphasizes discussion and participation of all participants,” says Emory Eye Center director Timothy W. Olsen, MD. “We are looking forward to an exciting new venue that will increase our opportunities for an active social environment.”

Emory Eye Center’s retina service has offered the seminar to local and regional ophthalmologists for the past 28 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; G. Baker Hubbard III, MD; Timothy W. Olsen, MD; Jiong Yan, MD; and Steven Yeh, MD.

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 more information on the conference:  SEVR Website.


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