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International Ocular Inflammation Society


Newsletter September 30, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We hope that you and your family have been well despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We were particularly fortunate to be able to meet in person in November 2019 during the 15th edition of our IOIS Congress. Since then, we have witnessed a radical change in national and international major scientific events.

It is a pleasure and important for the Executive Board to provide you with some information about our recent and upcoming activities.

Earlier this year, the IOIS, in conjunction with the International Uveitis Study Group (IUSG) and the Foster Ocular Immunology Society (FOIS), conducted a Survey on the changes in practice patterns during the COVID-19 era. We would like to thank you for your contribution, and we are grateful to our Brazilian colleague, Daniel Victor Vasconcelos, for analyzing the results. See here for the numbers and analysis.


It is also our great pleasure to congratulate the Uveitis Society of India for a special issue of the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, fully dedicated to Uveitis, including reviews and original articles as well as case reports, from our colleagues in India and throughout the world, many of whom are members of the IOIS. The summary of the special issue and additional information are provided here.


We are delighted to inform you that the IOIS will hold a Symposium during the upcoming EuRetina Congress, entitled Local Treatment of Noninfectious Posterior, Intermediate, and Pan-uveitis: Pitfalls and Tips in 2020.  Please see the program here. This Symposium will take place on Friday, October 2, 2020 from 1:45 to 2:30 PM (CEST), www.euretina.org.

Certainly, the pandemic has dramatically changed our various projects. We have decided that for the safety of our members, delegates, industry partners and staff, it will not be possible to hold the 16th Congress of IOIS as a live event in Athens, in September 2021. It also seems important to keep our activities and to adapt ourselves to the disease as we may have to confront and live with the virus for a while! Therefore, after a thorough discussion with our host, the Hellenic Ocular Inflammation Society, the IOIS Executive Board has decided to organize a hybrid congress in Thessaloniki, Greece, in early December 2021. We are grateful to our Greek colleagues, Marilita Moschos and Sofia Androudi, for their constant support. Every effort will be made to welcome you in person, but we have also planned for certain parts of the Congress to be virtual and broadcasted live. More details will be sent within the next few months. 

Thank you again for all that you do for your patients and for the IOIS. Please take care of yourself and your family and be safe.

Sincerely,


Bahram Bodaghi, Quan Dong Nguyen, Talin Barisani, Justine Smith
for the Executive Board
International Ocular Inflammation Society