ANZGS to Meet In QueenstownThe 2023 Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Society (ANZGS) meeting will be held in Queenstown, New Zealand, from 16-19 February 2023. After so many cancelled and online meetings, the organisers say they are excited to be in planning mode and say they expect the meeting to be “a wonderful opportunity” for ophthalmologists, registrars, nurses, orthoptists and students “to reconnect personally with colleagues at a chatty and interactive conference, and Queenstown is one of the most stunning and inspirational destinations”. For 2023, the conference has been expanded from a weekend format into four days with Thursday and Friday focussed on pre-clinical science and new understandings, and Saturday and Sunday emphasising clinical innovations and pearls. Each day will feature morning programs of invited talks, followed by lunch together and an opportunity for some outdoor activities around Queenstown, before returning for an early evening session, all to stimulate conversation and discussion. The conference dinner on Saturday night will be at the Skyline 9 (pictured), with incredible views from the top of the gondola. The organising committee has been delighted by the “amazing stars of glaucoma research” who are coming from around the world to contribute to the scientific program. Among them, keynote speaker Prof Adriana Di Polo will be in attendance for the science days, presenting findings on the interaction of glia, blood vessels and ganglion cells in the retina. Clinician scientists from around Australia and New Zealand, from Singapore, United States, Canada and the United Kingdom will share their work on modifying cell processes in glaucoma and surgery, and recent advances in metabolic, genetic, stem cell, and biomechanical approaches to understanding and treating glaucoma. The clinical days will also feature keynote speaker Professor Eve Higginbotham from Philadelphia; popular case discussions of complicated and unusual glaucoma challenges; a panel of well-known specialists on managing postoperative hypotony; and talks on innovations in glaucoma care. A new surgical device, developed in Australia, will be presented for the first time. The ANZGS 2023 Congress will be held at the Rydges & QT Queenstown Hotel on the Lake Esplanade. February is a peak period for Queenstown so make your arrangements early. Visit: anzgsconference.com
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