International Ocular Oncology Conference 2017


(International Society of Ocular Oncology & NSW branch of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists)

The combined conference, which ran from March 24-28,  was, simply put, the best Ocular Oncology conference ever held anywhere in the world to date.

The conference venue was the newly rebuilt International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, Sydney, complete with panoramic harbour outlook. Aboriginal elder Uncle Chicka Madden opened ISOO 2017 with his Welcome to Country on behalf of the Garigal people.

The international leaders in Ocular Oncology were present and, of them, Drs Carol & Jerry Shields from the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Bertil Damato from the University of California in San Francisco and Santosh Honavar from Hyderabad, India, delivered illuminating didactic sessions on conjunctival tumours, retinoblastoma, lymphoma and eyelid and orbital tumours to those attending the NSW RANZCO component of the combined conference, which ran from Friday, March 24 to Saturday, March 25.

A highlight was the combined session on what the ocular oncologist can learn from our knowledge of cutaneous melanoma. For this session, individuals who need to be acknowledged include those from the Melanoma Institute of Australia (MIA).

The social events were outstanding, the highlight in my opinion being the dinner in a marquee in the grounds of Sydney Hospital, Australia’s oldest hospital, where Sydney’s two top magicians, seemingly without effort, suspended the audience in disbelief.

Very special thanks to Denise Broeren and Dani Palmieri from Think Business Events who were the reason why everything went off without a hitch and why there were so many wonderful comments from delegates, some 150 locals and some 300 from every corner of the world.

Michael Giblin

Convenor, ISOO 2017

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