In a matter of days many of us will attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry in San Francisco with its education and research focus: “Today's Research, Tomorrow's Practice.” Registration is impressively high, and some feel it may be an all-time record high for annual meetings of the Academy. Certainly, San Francisco is a big draw to many around the world, and the international participation, usually high, is likely to be even greater this year.
While the full program is easily accessed at: http://www.aaopt.org/meetings/academy2010/index.asp, Academy President Mark Eger has noted some highlights of this year's upcoming meeting. As always, major attraction of these meetings is the opportunity to network with colleagues and find “unparalleled education, presentations on the latest scientific research that affect you and your patients, and social activities where old friends can catch up and new friendships can be made.” In his Letter to colleagues, he notes, “You can choose from over 250 hours of lectures and workshops, nine section symposia, hundreds of scientific papers and posters, and excellent social events. This year's Plenary Session, “Today's Research, Tomorrow's Practice: Policy, Advocacy and Science in Women's Health,” will feature public policy and outreach in women's health. The Monroe J. Hirsch Symposium, “Ocular Genetics: From Laboratory to Clinical Practice and Back Again,” includes leaders in molecular genetics, network development, and gene therapy,” and “ more than 200 booths displaying the latest products and technology.”
And of course, the annual banquet this year will welcome its new President, Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, FAAO, who will provide an incoming Guest Editorial in the next issue of OVS.
I look forward to seeing many of you in a week or so; perhaps some of you will be at your Journal's CE course OVS Presents: Glaucoma on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. At that time, international experts and OVS authors in optometry, vision research, and ophthalmology will provide presentations and panel discussions that illustrate how discoveries will, and already are, changing glaucoma patient management. The presenters will include highlights from the upcoming January 2011 OVS Feature Issue on Glaucoma with Guest Editors Chris Johnson, PhD, FAAO, Murray Fingeret, OD, FAAO, Ron Harwerth, OD, PhD, FAAO, Douglas Anderson, MD, and David “Ted” Garway-Heath, MD.
Anthony J. Adams