ICO Annual Conference 2019

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The Irish College of Ophthalmologists Annual Conference 2019 will take place at the Galway Bay Hotel from Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th May.  The Conference is the highlight of our annual calendar and provides an opportunity for eye doctors from across the country to gather to hear about the latest clinical and scientific updates and developments in the specialty.

Symposia on Nutrition and Age-related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), Ocular Emergencies, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Cataract Service will feature on this years programme.

The ICO is delighted to welcome the following distinguished international guest speakers to this year’s conference;

Professor Nicholas Jones, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Director of Uveitis Service, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Honorary Professor of Ophthalmology, MAHSC, University of Manchester will deliver the 2019 Mooney Lecture.

Professor Chris Lloyd Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmic Surgeon, Great Ormond Street.

Miss Seema Verma, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Guys and St Thomas' Hospital, London and a founding member and President of the British Emergency Eye Care Society (BEECS).

Mr Paul Chell, Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon Worcester Royal Hospital and Managing Director of Ophthalmologica Consulting Limited.

Miss Monique Hope Ross, Honorary Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre and Good Hope Hospital, an Honorary senior Clinical Lecturer at Birmingham University.

Dr Arjuna Ratanayaka, Lecturer in Vision Sciences, University Southampton. Dr Ratanayaka’s group is investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying degenerative pathologies in the senescent retina and brain; leading to conditions such as Age-related Macular degeneration (AMD), retinal dystrophies and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Wednesday 15th May  


Paper Session 



Research Papers


ICO/Novartis Eye Research Bursary Winner 2018 - 2019
Introduction by Mr John Doris

Targeting Ocular Inflammation in Dry Eye Disease with Novel MicroRNA-based Therapeutics
Dr Emily Greenan
Clinical Tutor, Ophthalmology
PhD Student, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 

11.00am Coffee

Official Welcome
Dr Alison Blake
President, Irish College of Ophthalmologists


Nutrition and Age-related Macular Degeneration

Miss Monique Hope-Ross
Honorary Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre and Good Hope Hospital
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Birmingham University

Dr Arjuna Ratanayaka
Lecturer in Vision Sciences, University Southampton.

Sinéad C. Corr, Ph.D
Assistant Professor in Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, The Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, Trinity College Dublin


1.00pm Lunch

European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Lecture 2019 
Introduction by Ms Patricia Logan
SOE Board Member and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin

Retinopathy of Prematurity
Ms Claire Hartnett
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, University Hospital Limerick, Limerick


Ocular Emergencies and Trauma Symposium

Ms Rizwana Khan
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Orbit and Oculoplastic Specialist, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin

Miss Seema Verma
President of British Emergency Eye Care Association
Consultant Ophthalmologist. Lead Clinician and Director of the Accident & Emergency and General Ophthalmology Services at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

3.45pm Coffee

Speaker: Nicola Bayly from the Data Protection Commission.

Thursday 16th May      


Breakfast Symposium


Paediatrics Symposium

Ms Sarah Chamney
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Children’s University Hospital Temple Street, Dublin

Professor Mary King
Neonate Neurology, Management of Premature Babies, Children’s University Hospital Temple Street, Dublin

Professor Chris Lloyd
Paediatric Consultant Ophthalmologist, Great Ormond Street, London


Poster Session
Presentation for Best Research Posters

11.00am Coffee
11.30am Case Based Discussions
Round Table model
1.00pm Lunch


Friday 17th May            


Irish College of Ophthalmologists Annual General Meeting
Chair: Dr Alison Blake, President ICO


Paper Session


Annual Mooney Lecture 2019
Prof Nicholas Jones
Consultant Ophthalmologist and Director, Manchester Uveitis Clinic
Hon. Professor of Ophthalmology, MAHSC, University of Manchester

Professor Nicholas Jones

Professor Nicholas Jones is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Director of Uveitis Service, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Honorary Prof. of Ophthalmology at the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), University of Manchester.
Prof. Jones underwent his undergraduate training at the Universities of St. Andrews and Manchester, and postgraduate training in ophthalmology at Southampton and Manchester, UK. In 1991 he created the Manchester Uveitis Clinic, now in its 29th year and one of the busiest in the world, which has treated nearly 5,000 patients with uveitis from the North of England, Wales and beyond. He is the author of two textbooks: “Uveitis: An Illustrated Manual” which won the Royal Society of Medicine Book Prize in 1999, and “Uveitis: Second Edition” in 2012. He has also written a history of the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital for its bicentenary in 2014, numerous book chapters and over 100 peer-reviewed papers. The Manchester Uveitis Clinic team has a high research output; the main current interests are on the diagnosis and management of sarcoidosis and tuberculosis, on new imaging in uveitis, and on secondary glaucoma. Professor Jones is an elected member of the International Uveitis Study Group and the American Uveitis Society, is a founder faculty member of the Moorfields and Euretina Uveitis Courses, and is regularly invited to lecture and teach nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Ocular Immunology & Inflammation, and Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection.
11.00am Coffee

Lean thinking in Cataract Delivery
Chair Prof Billy Power

Mr Paul Mullaney Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Sligo University Hospital, Sligo

Mr Barry Quill Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin

Mr Paul Chell Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Worcester Royal Hospital, Worcester

Round Table

Announcement of ICO Medal Winners


Conference concludes

Key Speakers               

Mr Paul Barrington Chell

Mr Paul Barrington Chell

Mr Paul Chell was clinical director of Head and Neck Surgery at Worcester Royal Hospital, with a special interest in cataract surgery and patient focused efficient care. He has performed over 17,000 cataract surgeries. The unit was recognized in 2000 by the Department of Health in the UK as a “Beacon site” for efficient cataract surgery. He developed independent eye clinics in the UK renowned for their patient focused efficiency, care and excellence. He also consults widely on efficiency and avoiding “never events” in the UK. In the early 1990’s his mathematical models, research and lecturing led to the terms “spherical targeting” and “astigmatic targeting” still widely used in cataract surgery today. He was President of numerous prestigious societies and gave over 100 invited lectures. Paul retired from clinical practice at 50 years of age. He now has a special interest in nutrition and triathlon. He is a Director of an English football club, where he chairs the Performance Enhancement Group. 

Nicola Bayly

Nicola Bayly

Nicola is an Assistant Commissioner in the Data Protection Commission working as a lead investigator in the Multinationals & Technology unit. As part of this role Nicola scopes issues for statutory inquiry that have come to the attention of the Commission via a complaint or otherwise. Nicola is involved in managing the inquiry process and is currently in charge of a number of different inquiries into the practices of some of the world’s leading technology companies on issues as diverse as the extent of a data subject’s right of access to “observed” personal data to examining the validity of the lawful bases relied upon by data controllers in their processing of personal data.

Nicola is a solicitor with experience in advising private and regulatory clients with regard to data protection compliance from her time spent in firm.

Miss Monique Hope-Ross

Miss Monique Hope-Ross

Miss Monique Hope-Ross was Clinical Director at Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital and Heart Of England Hospitals, with a special interest in medical ophthalmology, including diabetes and macular degeneration. She trained in Dublin, Belfast, Birmingham and New York. She introduced new imaging techniques to the UK. She pioneered diabetic eye screening in the UK and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians. She led in the uptake of anti VEGF therapies, lecturing widely. She has published many scientific publications and book chapters. Monique was President of the Ophthalmic Imaging Society and the Midland Ophthalmological Society. She has delivered over invited 100 lectures. She was honorary senior clinic lecturer in the University of Birmingham. Her interest in diabetic eye disease lead to an interest in nutrition and wellness. She has studied this extensively and lectured to both clinicians and patients on the subject. She has an interest in sports nutrition and is part of a Performance Enhancement Group in an English football club. 


Professor Chris Lloyd

Professor Chris Lloyd


Professor Chris Lloyd is a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. He has held an honorary Chair from the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, University of Manchester since 2012 and retains honorary Consultant status at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

His training included undergraduate studies at St Bartholomews' Hospital London, SHO and registrar posts at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and 2 years as a clinical fellow at Great Ormond Street. He returned to Manchester as a senior registrar/lecturer in 1993.  He became Manchester's first sub-specialist consultant paediatric ophthalmologist in 1995 and together with his colleagues built up and developed the MREH paediatric eye service into a large tertiary referral and teaching centre.  He took up his current post at Great Ormond Street in 2016.

Prof. Lloyd has published over 90 peer reviewed papers, 11 book chapters and co-edited a text book (with Prof Scott Lambert of Stanford University, California) on congenital cataract diagnosis and management. 

He regularly lectures nationally and internationally.  He received an “Honor award” from AAPOS (the American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus) in 2017 and serves on the AAPOS ophthalmic genetic task force.  He was the UK board member of the European Paediatric Ophthalmology Society from 2012 to 2016.

He has a longstanding clinical and research interest in the diagnosis and management of infantile and childhood cataract and other inherited eye disorders.  He has collaborated with Professor Graeme Black and the ManGen team in the development (and subsequent introduction to the NHS) of a targeted next generation sequencing panel for improving the precision of diagnosis of children with cataract. Over the last 13 years he has organised many teaching workshops at both AAPOS, the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) and the Annual Congress of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. 

He is currently a board member of the British and Irish Paediatric Ophthalmology Association (BIPOSA) and recently stepped down after 5 years as chair of the Paediatric Sub-committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Edward Loane

Dr Arjuna Ratanayaka

Dr Ratnayaka is a Lecturer in Vision Sciences and brings together expertise in retinal cell biology and neurodegeneration. He is an alumnus of the University of Aberdeen, Imperial Collage London, and the University of Liverpool. This was followed by postdoctoral work at King's College London and the University of Sussex.

His group at the University of Southampton investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying degenerative pathologies in the senescent retina and brain; leading to conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, retinal dystrophies and Alzheimer's disease. His work has described how synaptic vesicles are shared by adjacent synapses, how signalling occurs via extra-synaptic sites and how synaptic plasticity is modulated by neurons. His work in retinal diseases has uncovered how genetic and dietary risk factors lead to pathogenic alterations in cellular trafficking, and how changes in the extracellular matrix contributes to disease. Ongoing projects study the role of misfolding proteins and clearance of aggregating macromolecules in retinal and brain pathologies.

Dr Ratnayaka's work utilises in-vitro and in-vivo models as well as human donor tissues. His research involves collaborations with other scientists, clinicians as well as industrial partners.

Dr Ratnayaka's portfolio also includes teaching in several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across two Faculties. He is engaged in outreach activities including raising awareness of blinding diseases and dementia through workshops, public lectures and work with patients as well as education in schools.
Further information can be found here

Miss Seema Verma

Miss Seema Verma

Miss Seema Verma is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London and a founding member and President of the British Emergency Eye Care Society (BEECS).  Her main areas of interest include acute ophthalmology, cataract and external eye disease.  Having graduated in medicine from University College London, she completed her ophthalmic training on the North Thames Rotation which culminated in a corneal Fellowship at Moorfields.  She also took time out of her training whilst at St Thomas’ Hospital to complete her MD in excimer laser with Professor John Marshall.

In 2001 Miss Verma was appointed a consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital and became the first ophthalmologist in the UK to lead an ophthalmic A&E department.  For 15 years she was their Service Director for A&E and General Ophthalmology and developed the role of the Nurse Practitioner and the extended role of the optometrist in delivering acute care in the A&E department.  In 2017 she established the optometry delivered Urgent Care Centre at Moorfields. 

With the help of like-minded colleagues she co-founded BEECS in October 2013 and strived to establish emergency ophthalmology as a sub-specialty in its own right.  In March 2016 the Royal College of Ophthalmologists granted sub-specialty status to Emergency Ophthalmology. Seema continues to champion acute ophthalmology as a sub-specialty by teaching and organising courses nationally and internationally.  She is a member of the Scientific Committee at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.  


Delegate rooms are available at the Galway Bay Hotel for a special conference B&B rate of

  • €120 for single occupancy
  • €134 for double occupancy
To reserve a room please contact the Galway Bay Hotel directly on +353 91 514 645

Abstract Submissions 

Submissions are invited for paper or poster presentation at the Irish College of Ophthalmologists Annual Conference.

Closing date for receipt of abstracts is Monday March 25th, 2019

Please submit to marian.scully@eyedoctors.ie using this Form.

On the submission form please indicate if you wish for a podium or poster presentation - not all papers will be automatically selected for presentation as podium time is limited. Please also indicate on the form if the work is clinical or laboratory research or if it is an audit.

There will be prizes in 3 categories at this year's conference
1. Best Poster
2. Best Clinical paper
3. Best Laboratory research paper

The best 3 posters will be presented on the Thursday afternoon. The judges will need to make a decision on the best posters by the end of Conference Wednesday with the chosen three marked with a Rosette.

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