The 10th biennial meeting of the European Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (EUNOS) was held in Barcelona, Spain, on June 18-21, 2011, hosted by Professor Jorge Arruga, Chairman of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital of Bellvitge, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain. The meeting was a wonderful mix of keynote lectures, free papers, posters, and exciting round-table discussions. There were almost 400 attendees from all 5 continents. The meeting started on Saturday with 5 courses on optical coherence tomography, pupillary disorders, involuntary ocular movements, congenital and metabolic optic neuropathies, and drug toxicity of the retina and visual pathways. During the meeting, there were 30 platform presentations covering a wide range of topics: neuroimaging, optic neuropathies, retrochiasmal lesions and nonorganic visual loss, visual pathway tumors, ocular movements, and pupils. Also 150 posters on various subjects were presented during 3 sessions. The new format of round-table discussions on controversial topics was very provocative and led to lively discussions with vigorous audience participation.
The keynote lectures were as follows:
- Mitochondrial optic neuropathies: Understanding the pathogenic mechanism and towards a therapy—Dr. Valerio Carelli (Italy).
- Epigenetics in neuronal and glial disorders—Dr. Manel Esteller (Spain).
- Neuroprothesis and neuroengineering in neuro-ophthalmology—Dr. Eduardo Fernández Jover (Spain).
- Paraneoplastic neuro-ophthalmologic syndromes—Dr. Francesc Graus (Spain).
- Saccades, scanpaths and biomarkers in neurological disease—the story so far—Dr. Christopher Kennard (United Kingdom).
- Some facts about myths in neuro-ophthalmology—Dr. Ruth Huna-Baron (Israel).
There was also an excellent social program, beginning with a lovely welcome reception on Saturday, June 18. The following evening, the attendees were taken to the National Museum of Catalonian Art in the beautiful Palau National. This is located atop a ridge with a magnificent panoramic view of the city. The evening culminated, with the attendees watching a colorful water and music show at the magic fountain of Montjuic.
The meeting was one of the largest and most successful in the history of EUNOS. After 6 years as president, Robert McFadzean (Glasgow, United Kingdom) was succeeded by Christopher Kennard (Oxford, United Kingdom). One additional highlight was the presence of William F. Hoyt, MD, who celebrated his 85th birthday (Fig. 1).
The next EUNOS meeting will be held in Oxford, United Kingdom, in 2013. Hope to see you there!
Ruth Huna-Baron, MD
Goldschleger Eye Institute Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv University Tel Hashomer, Israel