To celebrate Vision 2020, the SOC Spring Meeting 2020 had a Global Health theme with expert local and international speakers sharing their knowledge and experience in different health care settings around the world. Hosted by NHS Lothian, the meeting was held at the Marriott Hotel in Edinburgh. Trainees and medical students were well represented, as usual, in the two free paper sessions. Paper and posters covered clinical studies such as outcomes of retinal detachment surgery after 10 years of follow-up and incidence of periocular basal cell carcinoma in Fife. Global Health was also well represented in the free papers, with presentations on a novel low cost indirect ophthalmoscope, training eyes and a robust, portable chart for measuring visual acuity.
We were treated to a RCOphth Update from College President Mr Mike Burdon, before Ms Marcia Zondervan and Dr Caroline Styles delivered talks on their highly impressive work for Vision 2020 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and in the link between NHS Fife and Malawi.
Mr Jim Innes from Hull University Teaching Hospital described his experience of designing and developing high quality surgical simulation training in the UK. SOC President, Dr Andrew Pyott gave un update on his experiences balancing work in NHS Highland and Low and Middle Income Countries, before his brother Mr David Pyott, former CEO of Allergan, told the audience about the role of industry in education, partnerships and collaborations in Global Health.
After lunch, the highlights from the two guest speaker sessions included:
Mr Nicholas Beare talking on research in retinopathies in the UK and abroad, including work on Malaria Retinopathy.
Prof Tariq Aslam gave a great update on some of his research and its application in clinical work as well as a very entertaining account of his successes and failures in designing and developing medical devices, taking an idea and turning it into something tangible that is used in hospitals and patient's homes.
Dr Robert Murray made the case for general ophthalmology amongst a society of increasing sub-specialisation.
Dr Andrew Tatham reminded the audience of potential targets of treatment in glaucoma before sharing his thoughts on what the future may hold for glaucoma treatment.
The meeting closed with the handover of presidency from Dr Andrew Pyott to Prof Bal Dhillon. The SOC Council and Members provided a warm thanks to Dr Pyott for his years of hard work and leadership.
The next SOC meeting will be hosted by NHS Lothian in September 2020.
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