ICO Annual Conference 2017

17 May 2017 - 19 May 2017

The 2017 ICO Annual Conference will be held in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan from Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th May.

The Conference is a highlight in the ICO annual calendar, providing an opportunity for eye doctors from across the country to discuss the latest clinical and scientific updates and development of the specialty.

We look forward to welcoming glaucoma expert Prof Jonathan Crowston, the Ringland Anderson Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Melbourne and Managing Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), who will give this year’s Mooney Lecture and will also contribute to a Glaucoma Symposium.

Professor Crowston multi award winning research is focussed on understanding why ageing predisposes to optic nerve disease and in particular focussing on neuroplasticity and the potential for retinal ganglion cell recovery.  

The ICO also looks forward to welcoming Professor Augusto Azuara-Blanco, Professor of Ophthalmology at Queens University Belfast and Mr Leon Au, Dual-Specialist Ophthalmic Consultant from Manchester Royal Eye Hospital to present at the Glaucoma Symposium. 

Professor Azuara-Blanco has focused much of his academic career and research expertise in trying to improve patient care and investigating the efficacy, efficiency and safety of new developments for eye diseases, including intervention, diagnostic tests and models of eye care. 

Mr Leon Au major areas of expertise are glaucoma, cornea related problems, external eye disease and cataract. He is considered one of the international leaders in innovative Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) and conducts clinical trials in many of these new technologies.  

A Symposium on New Developments in Ocular Imaging will also feature at this year’s ICO Conference and will include a talk from Mr Pearse Keane, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Hospital London.   Pearse carried out OCT research with the original inventors of the technology at the Doheny Eye Institute, US.  His work focuses on late stage development, clinical testing and translation of new imaging technologies into clinical practice, and the novel application of these devices for the generation and validation of anatomic biomarkers, for use in trials and in routine clinical practice.  

In January 2015 he was awarded a “Clinician Scientist” award from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) – the first ophthalmologist in the UK to receive the award – and his remit is to explore the potential of new medical technologies and innovation in the treatment of visual impairment and blindness, with a particular focus on ophthalmic imaging. Keane predicts that increased miniaturisation of OCT devices and their use to perform comprehensive, automated eye exams will transform ophthalmology.

Mr Keane will speak about the exciting and innovative collaboration between Moorfields Hospital and Google DeepMind during his talk at the ICO Annual Conference.

Dr Alex Shortt, Wellcome Trust Fellow and Clinician-Scientist, UCL Institute of immunity and Transplantation will also present at the Imaging symposium on the latest developments and technologies in anterior segment imaging.

Over the past 10 years, Dr Shortt’s research has focused on the development of cell therapies for corneal and conjunctival disease.  He is about to commence a prestigious 4-year Wellcome Trust Clinician Scientist Award investigating the response of the recipient’s immune system to engrafted stem cells.  

The College is delighted to welcome Hadas Levy, Psychologist from the Royal College of Physicians Ireland to speak at the 'Adapting for Change’ Symposium.

Ms Levy is an expert on doctor’s health and wellbeing and will talk about doctors developing resilience and dealing with burnout, negotiating skills and how to influence people.  She will be joined by sports psychologist and former rugby player Stephen McIvor in this symposium who will discuss taking on and tackling the challenge and opportunity for change and aiming for progress.

Other guest lecturers at this year’s ICO Annual Conference will include Professor of Ophthalmology and Neuro-ophthalmologist in Andara, Turkey, Pinar Aydin O’Dwyer who will give a talk entitled ‘Ophthalmology in Art’. 

Download Registration form for the ICO Annual Conference 2017

Abstract Submission – ICO Annual Conference 2017

The submission of abstracts is now invited for the ICO Annual Conference 2017. 

Closing date is Monday, 20th March. 

Abstract form is available to download and further details at www.eyedoctors.ie

Download Abstract Form

By email only to Siobhan.kelly@eyedoctors.ie


Accommodations & Exhibitors

The scientific programme will run from Wednesday morning through to Friday lunchtime and will have a parallel exhibition.

Set-up for the exhibition will be from 2pm on Tuesday 16th May. 

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Slieve Russell for intending exhibitors. Rooms can be reserved directly with the Hotel on 049 952 6444. To avail of the Conference rate please advise the hotel that you are an exhibitor at the ICO Annual Conference 

Download Exhibitor Stand Form here

Exhibitor Rate & agreed group rate:

€65 per person sharing per night B&B

€85 for single occupancy per night B&B




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