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ASRS to kick off 41st Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle


The American Society of Retina Specialists is holding its 2023 annual meeting July 28 through August 1 at the Seattle Convention Center in downtown Seattle.

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The American Society of Retina Specialists will kick off its 41st Annual Scientific Meeting July 28 through August 1 at the Seattle Convention Center, 705 Pike Street.

The largest organization of retina specialists in the world, ASRS represents more than 3,000 physicians in all 50 US states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 63 countries. According to its website, ASRS also serves as a national advocate and primary source of clinical and scientific information and education for its members.

This international state-of-the-art event offers something for everyone: scientific papers with question-and-answer sessions, scientific posters with the opportunity to speak with the authors, panel discussions on controversial issues and techniques, award lectures, a Retina Case Conference, the 25th Annual Film Festival, international symposia, and subspecialty review courses,

J. Michael Jumper, MD, FASRS, program chairman of the ASRS 41st Annual Scientific Meeting, said the event is the premier forum for retina education.

“This year’s unparalleled scientific program offers 145 podium talks, including a number of late-breaking papers featuring today’s most important developments and clinical trial data,” Jumper said.

Jumper pointed out that ASRS will feature 203 scientific posters, 84 films and a robust offering of on-demand content.

“The meeting is a tremendous opportunity for attendees to immerse themselves in all things retina; to learn what’s new and what’s just around the corner and to harness the opportunity to collaborate and share information with colleagues from around the word,” he added.

In addition to the educational offerings of the conference, the locale offers many highlights.

“The Seattle Convention Center is a tremendous venue for the meeting and attendees will sample some of Seattle’s best entertainment with the Opening Reception at the amazing Museum of Pop Culture and the Annual Gala at the magnificent Chihuly Garden and Glass,” Jumper pointed out.

Attendees will benefit from a packed agenda, and a wide range of topics.

“Important topics attendees can expect to hear about during this year’s scientific program are new and more durable drugs for retinal disease as well as biosimilars, new treatments for geographic atrophy and the future of AI and Big Data in retina,” Jumper said. “Attendees can also learn about many of today’s cutting-edge technologies and innovations by visiting our Exhibit Hall.”

Jumper explained that this year’s event will also have sine new offerings, noting that the event will kick off Friday, July 28th with an international symposium and a new series of sub-specialty review courses covering uveitis, neuro-ophthalmology and glaucoma.

“These will be followed by the always-popular medical and surgical case conferences,” he said. During the past year, the ASRS instituted a new resident membership and we look forward to welcoming these new members to the 41st Annual Scientific Meeting.”

This year’s event also is expected to attract a large turnout, according to Jumper, who noted that registration numbers are excellent and continue to climb with both in-person and virtual attendees.

“We surpassed pre-pandemic attendance levels at last year’s annual meeting in New York and expect that trend to continue this year in Seattle,” he concluded.

The 2024 ASRS annual meeting is set to take place July 17-20, 2024, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Meeting program

The program’s session titles are outlined below. Additional details and scheduled speakers are available online.

All times shown are in Pacific time. (PST)

Friday, July 28

  • International Symposium 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Sub-specialty Reviews 2:15-3:15 pm
  • Surgical Case Conference3:30-4:45 pm
  • Medical Case Conference 4:45-6:00 pm

Saturday, July 29

  • Opening Comments 8:00-8:05 am
  • ASRS Conflict of Interest Policies 8:05-8:15 am
  • Wet AMD Symposium 8:15-9:15 am
  • Dry AMD Symposium 9:15-9:45 am
  • Diabetic Retinopathy Symposium 10:25-11:25 am
  • Awards 11:25 am-12:35 pm
  • Surgery Symposium 11:50-2:45 pm
  • Imaging, Digital, Angiography Symposium 2:45-3:20 pm
  • Inflammatory & Infectious Diseases Symposium 4:00-5:05 pm
  • Scientific Poster Q&A and Exhibit Hall Reception 5:05-6:05 pm
  • FIT/Residents Reception 6:30-8:30 pm

Sunday July 30

  • Wet AMD Symposium 8:00-9:00 am
  • Dry AMD Symposium 9:00-9:55 am
  • Practice Management/Socioeconomic Symposium 10:35:11:05 am
  • Business Meeting 1:15-1:25 pm
  • PAT Survey and Global Trends 1:25-1:35 pm
  • Focused Practice Designation FAQ Panel 1:35-1:40 pm
  • Diabetic Retinopathy Symposium 1:40-2:10 pm
  • Surgery Symposium 2:50-3:35 pm
  • Late Breaking Abstracts 3:35-4:10 pm
  • Ocular Oncology Symposium 4:10-5:00 pm
  • WinR Case Conference 5:00-6:30 pm

Monday, July 31

  • Retinal Detachment & Vascular Disease Symposium 8:00-9:00 am
  • Surgery Symposium 9:10-9:45 am
  • Diabetic Retinopathy Symposium 10:25-11:20 am
  • Best of JVRD 11:20-11:50 am
  • Wet AMD 3 Symposium 1:05-1:55 pm
  • Pediatric, ROP Symposium 1:55-2:55 pm
  • Pharmacology Symposium 3:35-4:25 pm
  • Hereditary Retinal Disease & Genetics Symposium 4:25-5:05 pm
  • Poster & Film Awards 5:05-5:15 pm
  • Gala at Chihuly Garden & Glass 7:00-10:00 pm

Tuesday, August 1

  • Surgery Symposium 8:30-9:10 am
  • Surgical Management: Dilemma, Options, Solutions 9:10-9:40 am
  • Diabetic Retinopathy 9:40-10:10 am
  • Dry AMD Panel 10:10-10:40 am

Awards ceremony

The following awards will be presented during the ceremony on Monday, July 31, 11:25 am to 12:35 pm.

  • Pyron Award, The Road Less Traveled, Eugene de Juan, MD
  • Founders Award, AMD: Johanna M. Seddon, MD, ScM, FARVO, FASRS
  • Crystal Apple Award presented to Prithvi Mruthyunjaya, MD, MHS
  • Young Investigators Award Aaron Y. Lee, MD, MSCI
  • Packo Award presented to Timothy G. Murray, MD, MBA, FASRS
  • Retina Image Bank Award, Manish Nagpal, MD, FRCS (UK), FASRS
  • Retina Hall of Fame Award

Satellite symposia

A wide selection of live and hybrid satellite symposia are listed below will take place in conjunction with the annual meeting. To register for these events, interested parties can use the links supplied. All times listed are Pacific Time. These events are not affiliated with ASRS.

Thursday, July 27

OIS Retina Innovation Summit

  • 7:30 am-6:45 pm
    Hyatt Regency Seattle, Elwha Ballroom (Level 5)
    808 Howell Street
    Seattle, WA, 98101

Friday, July 28

Lunch symposia

Cases and Conversations™: Novel Treatment Strategies in the Management of nAMD & DME - Lessons from Clinical Trial and Real-Word Data

  • 10:45 am-12:45 pm
    Seattle Convention Center (The Arch at 705 Pike) – Room 6A

Attenuating the Rate of Progression of Geographic Atrophy Secondary to AMD

  • 11:30 am-12:45 pm
    Seattle Convention Center (The Arch at 705 Pike) - Room 608-609

Saturday, July 29

Lunch symposia

Complement Inhibition in Geographic Atrophy: Time to Prepare for Novel Treatments

  • 12:35-12:45 pm Registration and Lunch
    12:45-1:45 pm CME Symposium
    Seattle Convention Center (The Arch at 705 Pike) - Room 608-609

Evening symposia

Shifting Paradigms in Neovascular Retinal Disease: Novel Ways to Address Anti-VEGF Injection Burden and Insufficient Response

  • 6:00-8:00 pm
    Hyatt Regency Seattle - Elwha Ballroom B
    Register online

Medical Crossfire™: Expert Perspectives in Diabetic Macular Edema – Considering Pathogenesis & Inflammation in Treatment Selection

  • 6:00-8:00 pm
    Hyatt Regency Seattle – Elwha Ballroom A

Sunday, July 30

Breakfast symposia

DRCR Retina Network Symposium

  • 7:00 am
    Seattle Convention Center (The Arch at 705 Pike) - Room 608-609
    Register online

Dual Pathway Inhibition: An Innovative Approach to Treating Diabetic Macular Edema

  • 7:00 am
    Seattle Convention Center (The Arch at 705 Pike) - Room 606-607
    Register online

Lunch symposia

Surgical Interventions for Retinal Vascular Diseases: A Deep Dive into the Data

  • 12:00-1:15 pm
    Seattle Convention Center (The Arch at 705 Pike) - Room 608-609
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