The Annual ARVO Meeting is the largest scientific conference gathering of eye and vision researchers in the world, attracting over 11,000 international basic and clinical researchers from more than 75 countries that share the latest breakthroughs in vision research.  About 45% of attendees are from outside the U.S. This year the ARVO 2018 Annual Meeting was held in Honolulu, Hawaii (from 29th April to 3rd May). The 5-day meeting featured over 6,000 presentations by researchers from all around the world. Furthermore, the theme of the meeting (“Stand for strong vision science”) is inspired by the March for Science across the globe emphasising the importance of the science for the society and the world. All the fellows from the European Dry Eye Network (EDEN) project could not lose this opportunity and they presented their research works on this great event.

The research team of the University of Valencia (Izabela Garaszczuk (ESR1)) presented her poster entitled “Changes in the lower tear meniscus morphology during contact lens wear”.


As well as Izabela Garaszczuk, the research team of the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Maryam Mousavi (ESR5) and Clara Llorens-Quintana (ESR3) presented their scientific posters entitled “Changes in Tear Film Physiology during Soft Contact Lens Wear” and “Automatic and Objective assessment of Meibomian Glands Structure and Drop Out”, respectively. These research works were also a result of a collaboration between the EDEN fellows from different institutions (Izabela Garaszczuk (ESR 1) and Maryam Mousavi (ESR5) and Clara Llorens-Quintana (ESR3) and Laura Rico del Viejo (ESR2), respectively).

In addition, EDEN fellows from the research team of Aston University (Francesco Menduni (ESR9) and Maria Vidal (ESR6)) presented their research works entitled “Development of an ex-vivo animal model to evaluate novel pharmaceutical approaches to dry eye disease management” and “Equivalence of lipid patterns obtained from two different interferometers and graded with two scales”, respectively.

In representation of Optegra Eye Sciences/Optegra Eye Hospitals, EDEN fellows Tugce Ipek (ESR10), and Alberto Recchioni (ESR7) presented also their research works entitled “Effect of light exposure on conjunctival fibroblasts using an in-vitro model of dry eye” and “Dry eye signs and symptoms before and after cataract surgery​”, respectively.

From the Complutense University of Madrid, the EDEN fellow Duygu Acar (ESR8) presented her research work entitled “Artificial tear with in situ gelling properties for the treatment of dry eye disease”.


This international conference was a fantastic opportunity for the ESRs to meet researchers who share the same scientific background and to exchange ideas and expertise. Furthermore, the week was full of different events. The organization also prepared some social events for all of the attendees, such as a reception at the Hawaii Convention Centre roof and Prizes Ceremony at Waikiki area.


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