This course will feature: live lectures by an international faculty, pre-recorded and live interactive sessions, case discussions and question and answer sessions. Optional pre-recorded introductory lectures will cover topics such as anatomy, ophthalmic imaging and the clinical characteristics of genetic and acquired eye disease.
The course is intended for clinicians who wish to practice in the field or expand their knowledge, to scientists and other paramedics who have an interest in clinical vision science and to technicians and clinical physiologists working in ophthalmological or neurological electrodiagnostic units.
Live lectures will be recorded and will be available to participants for 1 month.
Accreditation: This course has been awarded 11 CPD points from the Royal College of Ophthalmology and a certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.
Course Director: Dr Anthony G. Robson.
Course co-organiers: Dr Dorothy Thompson (ISCEV); Dr Magella Neveu.
Faculty includes: Dr Rola Ba-Abbad, Prof. Michael Bach, Dr Antonio Calcagni, Dr Ruth Hamilton, Prof. Mineo Kondo, Prof. Bart LeRoy, Dr Omar Mahroo, Dr Magella Neveu, Prof. Gunter Niemeyer, Dr Anthony Robson, Dr Dorothy Thompson, Dr Patrick Yu Wai Man.
The main course will include live lectures on the theory, practice and clinical applications of electroretinography (ERG), pattern ERG, multifocal ERG, cortical visual evoked potential (VEP) and extended ERG protocols. All topics will be addressed in the context of clinical applications, including specialised paediatric techniques, in a wide range of retinal and visual pathway disorders.
Anthony has worked in Clinical Neurophysiology and Visual Electrophysiology for more than 30 years, including the last 15 years as a Consultant Electrophysiologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London. He currently leads one of the largest Electrophysiology Departments worldwide and has written or co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, mainly on clinical visual electrophysiology and genotype-phenotype correlations. He was elected to the Macula Society (U.S.) in 2011 and Director of Standards for the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV) in 2015.
Bart is an ophthalmologist and clinical geneticist specialised in inherited eye disorders. He was part of the team that developed the first certified gene therapy for RPE65-related inherited retinal blindness (voretigene neparvovec). Bart is Head of Department of Ophthalmology, and Staff Member at the Center for Medical Genetics at Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium. He is Full Professor of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Electrophysiology at Ghent University. He has (co-)author of over 160 peer-reviewed publications. He is a board member of the International Society of Genetic Eye Disease & Retinoblastoma (ISGEDR).
Dr Ba-Abbad is a Consultant Ophthalmologist, specialised in inherited retinal disorders for adults and children, and medical retina at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai, UAE. She has more than 10 years of regional and international experience in medical retina, electrophysiology and inherited retinal disorders in countries including Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and Canada. She has undertaken research in inherited retinal disorders, visual neuroscience-clinical psychophysics, and electrophysiology of vision and has published several research papers in leading journals such as Ophthalmology and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, among others.
Antonio currently works as a Consultant Electrophysiologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and holds honorary positions at the University of Birmingham and Aston University. Antonio has an interest in medical retina, electrophysiology of vision and retinal imaging. He gained his MD defending the thesis “Iris Pigmentation and Normal Contrast Sensitivity” and then went on to do his Ophthalmology training in the West Midlands and Oxford Deaneries in the UK. He is a Board member of the British Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (BriSCEV) and member of the Midland Ophthalmological Society.
Günter studied medicine in Berlin, Zurich and Hamburg. His residency in Ophthalmology was at the University of Zurich. Back in Zürich he set up a clinical laboratory for visual electrophysiology and consulting, and a basic research lab, with the focus on physiology of the mammalian retina in vivo and in vitro. Other activities included extensive teaching, a sabbatical with the late Roy Steinberg, serving twice on the ISCEV Board of Directors as ISCEV vice president for Europe (1985-1993), and he was a cofounder of ”Retina Suisse” where activities continued until retirement as Prof emeritus.
Michael Bach studied Physics, Computer Science and Psychology. His PhD work at the University of Freiburg, Germany dealt with single- and multiunit neuron recordings in animal models. For eight years, he was President of the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology in Vision (ISCEV). He has 290+ peer-reviewed papers and has authored several computer systems for electrophysiology, a widely used computer-based vision test (“FrACT”) and maintains a website on Visual Phenomena and Optical Illusions. Last year he received the prestigious “von Graefe Award” by the German Ophthalmology Society. Now Professor emeritus, he serves ISCEV as Director of International communications.
Dr Yu-Wai-Man is an academic neuro-ophthalmologist with a major research interest in mitochondrial genetics and inherited eye diseases. His research programme is currently focused on dissecting the disease mechanisms leading to progressive retinal ganglion cell loss in mitochondrial optic neuropathies by using diseased patient tissues and animal models, in addition to therapeutic drug screening and clinical trials. Through his affiliations in Cambridge, Newcastle and London, Dr Yu-Wai-Man has built a national referral network for the investigation and management of patients with mitochondrial eye diseases. Dr Yu-Wai-Man is a Council member of the European Neuro-Ophthalmological Society (EUNOS) and he sits on a number of national and international committees (NANOS, JNO, ARVO, EVER)
Ruth is a Consultant Clinical Scientist in paediatric physiological measurement at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, UK. She runs the paediatric visual electrophysiology service and also works across audiology, neurology, respiratory, ENT and neonatal services. She is a Board member of BriSCEV and President of ISCEV. Her main research areas are pre- and peri-natal influences on children’s vision, reference data, patient-friendly visual electrophysiology, digital vision tests and tele-ophthalmology.
Magella is a Clinical Scientist and the Operational Manager in the Electrophysiology Department at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. She is the Lead Healthcare Scientist (HCS) and the Training Officer for the Scientist Training Programme (STP) at the trust. She is an Honorary Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London and a member of the North Central London Healthcare Science Council. She was awarded a Long Service Award for 20 years of service at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2018.
Omar is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Retinal Specialist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and Associate Professor at UCL. He completed his medical degree and PhD at the University of Cambridge, and post-doctoral work in Cambridge and the Australian National University. He has received a number of grant awards, including a £1.1 million Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship Award from the Welcome Trust in 2017. He was named “Rising Star of the Year” by the Macular Society in 2019, and received awards for Teaching Excellence and for Patient and Public Engagement from the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in 2020.
Dorothy is a Consultant Clinical Scientist specialising in Paediatric Visual Electrophysiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London UK where she is director of the Tony Kriss Visual Electrophysiology Unit. She has been ISCEV Director of Education since 2014 and thoroughly enjoys working with and learning from many talented educators across the globe. Dorothy is Chair of BriSCEV, the UK professional body for visual electrophysiology, which has helped establish a UK training programme in Ophthalmic Vision Sciences for visual electrophysiology. Dorothy’s research interests are in using visual electrophysiology and imaging to better understand the mechanisms of disease and visual pathway signalling.
Mineo is Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mie University Graduate School of Medicine. His special interest is the physiology of the retina in normal and diseased eyes, and he has used electrophysiological, morphological, and molecular biological techniques to diagnose and characterize eyes with retinal diseases. With more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, Professor Kondo currently serves on the editorial boards of four scientific journals: Translational Vision Science and Technology, Documenta Ophthalmologica, Current Eye Research, and Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology. He was also elected to the Macula Society Member, and Board Member of ISCEV.