A few days ago, on the 15th November I was invited to give a talk at the Ophthalmic Imaging Association (OIA) Conference which took place at Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.
At the first few slides of my presentation I described the composition of the REVAMMAD network and outlined the overall aim of the project. Later on, I described the key points of my individual tasks and presented pieces of my work mainly including the construction of a simulation model to evaluate the impact of decisions in the currently implemented screening services for Diabetic Retinopathy.
At the end of my presentation people approached me with appraising comments and major interest was especially shown from people who run screening programmes and were particularly interested on how they could apply these models to evaluate their services too.
For me it has been a great opportunity to take part in this conference which attracts people stemming from different disciplines and who all deal with retinal disorders. This gave me the privilege to meet them all in one place and share our views and ideas on various topics of interest.
An invitation for the next year conference is already open and I really look forward repeating it.
Twice per year, the Eye Clinic at the Charité organizes this event to catch up and update in current work all members at both Virchow Klinikum and Benjamin Franklin clinics (over 30 attendees).
The Pharma Novartis held the meeting in a central and old building at Berlin Mitte all day on Saturday 22nd of November, gathering both research and practical medicine teams.
During the first block of talks, we basic researchers presented our work to clinicians, who are far from this basic science practices in many cases. During the next blocks, they brought down the clinical research they are performing and the status in the different clinical trials running at the moment at the clinic.
The breaks worked nicely to exchange impressions between colleagues and reach to know things we ignore while other persons work behind our office wall.
In the case of Sergio, it was presented the current project he is collaborating with another REVAMMAD partner, Carlos, and all medical doctors showed extremely enthusiastic and some incoming collaborations and new ideas to be approached were mentioned.
It was definitely a satisfactorily day for training presentation skills in a friendly atmosphere at the same time that there was a fluent science exchange.
Giovanni Ometto ( @emailgiovanni ) and I ( @matteoaletti ) are in Lincoln for our secondment. We had a fundus camera sitting in our office for some time and we decided to take this opportunity to learn how to use it. Francesco Calivà ( @fcaliva2014 ) already had some experience with the camera and taught us how to take fundus photographs.
Using the machine is not as easy as it looks. However, after quite a lot of practice we managed to take good shots of each other’s retina, like this one:
and this one:
..sorry! This is just Francesco’s latest recipe: the Retinal Pizza.
The paper I presented at the 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014. Is finally in IEEE Xplore! You can find it in http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=6945077
Also, the official pictures of the conference are out too! http://embc.embs.org/2014/
Anti-VEGF therapy has resulted to be one of the most effective therapies for AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration) treatment, one of the leading causes of blindness in Europe. VEGF is a molecule that promotes the growth of the vessels and this, when turns out of control, causes severe problems as it is the case in the retina.
The 3rd International Scientific Meeting on VEGF as a clinically relevant molecule, symposium named as “VEGF and Beyond”, has gathered all well-known European experts in the field. The congress took place this last Saturday 08th of November of 2014 at the emblematic Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin Hörsaal Ruin (Lecture Hall Ruin). The day was scheduled in both talks and scientific interaction by a poster session, where the ESR Sergio Crespo held a poster presenting part of his project within REVAMMAD (see below).
The experience resulted satisfactory as it was a great update in the cutting-edge of the field as it was for creating a high research network for prospective collaborations.