Cornea WetLab

EMYO 2024 will offer you the unique opportunity to attend a special WETLAB courses.

Practical Course on Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) simulation. The course will involve the use of pre-cut corneas prepared by the Eye Bank using a microkeratome and corneas mounted on artificial chambers to simulate the patient's eye. The main steps of the surgery will be performed, including lenticule trephination, corneal access, Descemet's membrane stripping, management of the flap in the anterior chamber, and corneal suturing.

TUTORS/SPEAKERS: Professor Vito Romano from the University of Brescia (Coordinator), Dr. Giulia Coco from the University of Roma Tor Vergata, and Dr. Marco Pellegrini from the University of Ferrara.

There will be 4 sessions on Friday, July 12th taking place at BANCA DEGLI OCCHI (CORNEAL BANK) in Mestre.

You have to sign up when registering at the Congress, choosing your favorite session.

Fee is 75,00 euros and include participation and back transfer from Mestre to Padua. If you need, reserve your hotel for Friday night while registering.

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The Banca degli Occhi del Veneto Foundation, one of the leading eye banks in Europe in terms of the number of corneas collected and distributed, serves as the regional reference center for corneal transplants in Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. It collaborates with most Italian regions for the collection of ocular tissues for transplantation.

It is a non-profit organization of social utility, founded in 1987 based on an idea by Professor Giovanni Rama, an ophthalmologist surgeon, and the entrepreneur Dr. Piergiorgio Coin. The foundation was established by the Veneto Region and began its operations in 1989. Today, it is chaired by Dr. Giuseppe Di Falco.

The Foundation is one of the most important Italian institutions dedicated to promoting the culture of corneal donation, collecting, processing, and distributing ocular tissues for transplants, and treating pathologies of the anterior segment of the eye.

It is a key resource for diagnosis and consultancy services for ophthalmological surgeons dealing with patients suffering from serious ocular surface diseases that are difficult to diagnose.

The Foundation was one of the first centers in the world capable of distributing corneal stem cell flaps, reconstructed in vitro, for the treatment of ocular pathologies that cannot be cured with corneal transplants, thanks to its Ocular Stem Cell Research Center. Today, its research activities extend increasingly to the field of ocular diseases, with a particular focus on the genetic mechanisms associated with rare eye diseases in both the corneal and retinal fields.

Due to its specific expertise in activities and projects aimed at spreading the culture of donation, it has been recognized as an organization that has contributed to the growth of non-profit organizations on a national level in terms of communication. In 2005, it was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit for Public Health.