3rd European Meeting in Physiological Optics

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Vincent Nourrit, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. 3rd European Meeting in Physiological Optics
    City University, London, UK
    7th to 9th of September 2006

    **************Submissions now open**************

    Deadline for submission: 30th of May, 2006.
    Registration Fees: £180 per person.

    Abstracts must follow the ARVO format guidelines
    and should be submitted electronically as
    Microsoft Word documents.

    Guidelines for electronic submission will be
    posted shortly on the meeting's website

    The 3rd European Meeting in Physiological Optics
    will be hosted by the Department of Optometry
    and Visual Science, School of Allied Health
    Sciences, City University in London.
    This meeting plans to build upon the very
    successful predecessors in Wroclaw, Poland and
    most recently Granada, Spain. The meeting will
    cover many aspects of Physiological Optics,
    including clinical studies, basic research and
    instrumentation. We aim to include all aspects of
    optics related to the eye, such as:

    crystalline lens and accommodation,
    retinal image quality,
    refraction and eye aberrations,
    adaptive optics in the eye,
    spectacle, contact and intraocular lens designs,
    new ophthalmic technologies applied to vision.

    The meeting will not address any issues directly
    related to refractive surgery. This will allow us
    time to explore other aspects of Physiological
    Optics that are not as popular at the moment, and
    in so doing encourage a forum for scientific
    The important aim of the meeting, being held in
    one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world,
    is to provide an environment rich in discussion.

    For further information please contact
    Luis Diaz-Santana () for queries
    regarding topics and scientific content.
    Alison Lee () for queries
    regarding venue, accommodation, travelling, etc.

    3rd European Meeting in Physiological Optics.
    September 7th to 9th, 2006
    City University
    London, UK

    Luis Diaz-Santana
    Department of Optometry and Visual Science
    City University, Northampton Square
    London, EC1V 0HB, UK.

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 8335
    Fax: +44(0)20 7040 8355

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    Vincent Nourrit, Apr 11, 2006
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  2. Vincent Nourrit

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    Keeping refractive surgery topics out is a mistake, IMO. Much of the
    wavefront clinical research involves refractive surgery in one form or
    another. Clinical refractive procedures also include orthokeratology,
    and a discussion of what these procedures do to the aberration profile
    of the eye would seem to be in order.

    Dr. Leukoma, Apr 11, 2006
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  3. I suspect it's such a hot topic these days, with so many conferences, that
    if they let it in, it would overwhelm the conference. This is important,
    especially if they try to accomodate all submissions. Trying to limit the
    flood would place the organizers in a position of selecting the cream of
    the crop, and many egos would be stroked the wrong way.

    It's much like a local Folk Music Society taking over every open mike night
    in a city.

    So, being located at a facility with many colleagues at the cutting edge of
    wavefront research, I don't think these folks will feel left out-- they'll
    just know it isn't their conference. Believe me, they have plenty to
    choose from.
    Scott Seidman, Apr 11, 2006
  4. Vincent Nourrit

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    Well, they still have a committee of scientists who select the papers.
    Virtually all of the refractive surgery topics are discussed at ASCRS
    and the AAO, and those are driven mostly by the sponsors. One would
    think that there would be research going on that did not involve heavy
    corporate sponsorship.

    Dr. Leukoma, Apr 11, 2006
  5. There is plenty of research that doesn't involve corporate sponsorship, but
    if the research has the promise of valuable intellectual property,
    sponsorship by those in a position to profit via that property is much more
    secure than government funding, these days. Unfortunately, there are a
    whole slew of ethical concerns that go along with this as baggage. Most
    reputable journals have strict disclosure policies to try to make things
    more transparent.

    The concerns are real, though. I just sent my dad through a procedure
    fresh out of Phase III's. The results looked promising, but I had to keep
    the idea that all the research was sponsored by the drug company at the
    center of the procedure. My filters were set twice as high as ordinarily.

    Corporate sponsorship of conferences can bring some good things, too. For
    example, I participate in the Neural Control of Movement society. We
    solicit corporate sponsorship for our conference, but largely limit (or
    maybe entirely limit) those funds to pay for students to travel to the
    event and present their work.
    Scott Seidman, Apr 11, 2006
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