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About the Macula Society
Founded in 1977, the Macula Society is a forum for new research in retinal vascular and macular diseases. Membership is by application, with acceptance criteria including extensive contribution to retinal literature. The Macula Society recognizes outstanding achievement by its members and others through awards and lectures, and holds an annual meeting open to members, their guests, co-authors, and supporting company representatives.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCT 8th! Jack McGovern Coats' Disease Foundation and Macula Society Partnership Research Grant
The JMCDF/MSRG Partnership Research Grant supports medical research specific to Coats’ Disease and other retinal diseases which may lead to a cure or improve treatments and understanding of the pathophysiology for Coats’ Disease. The Foundation encourages research and, when applicable, collaboration among researchers working in the area of Coats’ Disease. The grant is $35,000 distributed at one time.
There are two parts to the application process necessary for funding: the acceptance of a letter of intent and invitation to prepare a full proposal, followed by review and approval of a full proposal. The JMCDF/MSRG Partnership Research Grant process will require a letter of intent submitted by October 8, 2021; if approved, the applicant will be notified by November 1, 2021 and invited to submit a full research proposal that is due January 2, 2022. Applicants will receive notification of their status by March 2, 2022. Notification will be emailed or mailed to the Principal Investigator. The Research Grant LOI may be accessed here: https://www.xcdsystem.com/maculasociety/forms/index.cfm?ID=SYQier8
Key Dates!Here are some critical dates for the latter part of this year and early next year as we prepare for our 45th Annual Meeting in Berlin, Germany. Continue to check back for more information as these dates get closer:
- Macula Society Membership Application: Opens Sept 13, 2021-Deadline Nov 19, 2021 11.59pm EST
- 45th Annual Meeting (Berlin, Germany): Registration Opens Dec 1, 2021
- 2022 Award Nominations: Opens Nov 1, 2021 - Deadline Jan 4, 2022
- 2022 Abstract Submissions: Opens Dec 15, 2021 - Deadline Feb 10, 2022
- Inaugural Jack McGovern Coat's Disease Foundation and Macula Society Partnership Research Grant : LOI upload open September 1,2021 deadline October 1, 2021
- 2022 Macula Society Research Grant Applications: Opens Jan 5, 2022
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Nominations Being Accepted: Roger H Johnson Macular Degeneration Award
More information available at https://ophthalmology.washington.edu/about-uw-ophthalmology/roger-h-johnston-award
International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases & Retinoblastoma
Dear colleagues and friends,
I have the privilege to announce the 22nd ISGEDR Meeting, which will be held hybrid (virtual and in person) from September 2nd to 4th 2021 in Lausanne, Switzerland, jointly with the European Retinoblastoma Group (EURbG), the Société de Génétique Ophtalmologique Francophone (SGOF), and the European Reference Network dedicated to Rare Eye Diseases (ERN-EYE). The scientific program promises to be outstanding, covering the hotest topics in ocular genetics and retinoblastoma. This will include three named lectures, the Jules-François Lecture by Jean Bennett and Albert Maguire, the Franceschetti Medal and Lecture by Ian MacDonald and the Ellsworth Lecture by David Abramson. Looking forward to meeting you soon.
- Francis Munier President of ISGEDR
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The DRCR Retina Network is planning an exciting new Phase III clinical trial to prevent visual acuity loss due to radiation retinopathy (RR). Eligible participants will be randomized to receive either repeated injections of anti-VEGF, long-active steroid, or observation following treatment of choroidal melanoma with I-125 plaque brachytherapy. Enrollment is planned for early 2022, with a recruitment goal of 600 participants treated Q3 months for three years. This study has the chance to define standard of care for the treatment of choroidal melanoma and radiation retinopathy, as well as significantly advance our understanding of how radiation retinopathy develops. With industry support, and enthusiasm from the ocular oncology community, this study has become a high priority for the Network.
Any interested physicians or clinical sites should contact email@example.com to learn more about joining the Network.
Next DRCR Retina Network Chair Position
The DRCR Retina Network Chair is responsible for the scientific direction of the NIH funded DRCR Retina Network. The term is for 5 years, with an opportunity to re-apply. The current term concludes December 31, 2022. The next Network Chair term will begin January 1, 2022 as Chair-Elect and then from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2027 as Network Chair. At least 40%, and potentially up to 50% of dedicated effort (approximately 16 to 20 business hours per week, Monday through Friday) would be needed for the Chair position beginning January 2023.
The application process will begin in July 2021 and selection ideally will be finalized by the end of September 2021 to permit adequate time for the individual to adjust schedules accordingly. However, we wanted to provide this update for individuals who may want to begin to consider applying for this opportunity. More information on the Network Chair’s responsibilities and the Network’s organizational structure can be found on the public website DRCR.net (www.drcr.net) after clicking on “Information about the Network” and then clicking on “DRCR Retina Network Policies, Protocols, & Idea Submission Form” and then clicking on “DRCR Retina Network Policies.”
The mission of the DRCR Retina Network is to conduct high quality, collaborative clinical research that improves vision and quality of life for people with retinal diseases. The DRCR Retina Network supports the identification, design, implementation, and reporting of multicenter clinical research initiatives focused on retinal disorders. Principal emphasis is placed on clinical trials, but large, highly relevant epidemiologic studies and other clinically relevant retina research may be supported as well.