The American Academy of Optometry’s 94th annual meeting, Academy 2015 New Orleans, will take place October 7-10, 2015, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Registration and housing are now open and early bird registration ends August 3, 2015.
The American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting offers a wide array of clinically relevant CE courses and cutting-edge research in the clinical and vision sciences. Attendees can choose from over 250 hours of lectures and workshops, 16 Section and Special Interest Group (SIG) symposia, hundreds of scientific papers and posters, and excellent social events.
This year’s Plenary Session, “Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Practice®: Recognizing and Treating Ocular Melanomas,” will feature the world renowned team of Drs. Carol and Jerry Shields of the Ocular Oncology Service at Wills Eye Hospital. The session will highlight how to differentiate between suspicious and non-suspicious pigmented and amelanotic lesions, as well as new treatment and management options including clinical trials using chemotherapeutic agents. The session will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from Noon to 2 PM.
The first-ever American Academy of Optometry and American Academy of Ophthalmology Joint Symposium, “Amblyopia and Beyond: Evidence-Based Pediatric Eye Care,” is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 9, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM with the identical program to be repeated at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting in Las Vegas in November. Evidence-based pediatric eye care will be addressed by Donald Mutti, OD, PhD, FAAO, Bruce Moore, OD, FAAO, and Susan Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO, and American Academy of Ophthalmology representatives Jonathan Holmes, MD, Mary Louise Collins, MD, and Jean Ramsey, MD. This is the first effort by the two organizations to work together to better prepare and support their members in delivering the highest quality eye care.
The Monroe J. Hirsch Symposium, “Research Matters: How Research Changed Practice,” will offer a bird’s eye view into the steps required to transition from bench to bedside including the key target areas that drive laboratory-based research and the establishment of diagnostic methodologies to not only test for, but also monitor therapeutic and post-operative response. Speakers will include Lucia Sobrin, MD, MPH, Matthew Petroll, PhD, and Andrew Lee, MD.
The Ezell Fellows Present Symposium, “Tackling Traumatic Brain Injury,” will focus on how retinal and visual function is affected by traumatic brain injury. New measures to quantify traumatic brain injury recovery will also be discussed, so that clinicians can make more educated decisions as to whether or not an athlete is ready to return to play. Speakers include Kristine Dalton, OD, PhD, FAAO, of the University of Waterloo, and Andrew Hartwick, OD, PhD, FAAO, of the Ohio State University College of Optometry.
The Academy 2015 New Orleans Program Preview provides an overview of the exciting events and CE that will be offered. This year’s exhibit hall will be world class with more than 200 booths displaying the latest products and technology. The Academy has contracted with several fabulous hotels, only steps away from the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and other New Orleans sites.
“Don’t miss this year’s stellar line-up of wonderful CE and fun in New Orleans. We’re hoping to eclipse our largest meeting in attendance held last year in Denver,” remarked Joseph P. Shovlin, OD, FAAO, Academy President-Elect and Annual Meeting Chair.
For more information, visit http://www.aaopt.org/regsite. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!
About the American Academy of Optometry
The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) enhances excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journal, Optometry and Vision Science, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange. For more information, visit the website at www.aaopt.org.