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WAEH Board meeting
Tuesday 19 February 2019

  • Tuesday 19 February 2019
  • Time: 12.00 UK time
  • Teleconference
  • Open to: board members of the WAEH & invitees by the board


  • David Probert, Moorfields Eye Hospital, chair of the WAEH
  • Charity Wai, Singapore National Eye Centre, immediate past chair of the WAEH
  • Anders Boman, Sankt Erik Eye Hospital
  • Cathy Kowalewski, Wilmer Eye Institute – Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Dato Kulasegaran, Tun Hussein On National Eye Hospital
  • Mark Petty, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Ron Treffers, CEO Rotterdam Eye Hospital
  • Dr. Nelson, Kellogg Eye Center, USA, invited board member
  • Wim Oosterom – external WAEH advisor to the board

Not attending

  • Sirithorn Rutnin, Rutnin Eye Hospital – possibly represented by someone else in the Rutnin Eye Hospital

Organized by

  • Maaike van Zuilen, WAEH


Agenda itemByContent
David Probert
  • Note about Sirithorn Rutnin – update
WAEH 2019 meeting
  • Update programme and social programme 
    5 – 8 June – Moorfields London / 9 June – travel day
    Compared to previous years, we are also organizing a
    fundraising workshop on Wednesday morning June 5 –
    delegates can register via the registration form – maximum of 40 delegates.
  • What about signing a MOU with the IAPB / WHO / Vision2020?
    Maybe about fireworks?
  • Need for information: Visit the event website:
  • Deadline Call for Abstracts (Call for Abstracts: open now).
    The board is requested to send in the abstracts from their team. To inspire all of you:
    these abstracts are sent in via our 2019-host Moorfields
  • The Call for Registration has also been published (Call for Registrations: open now).
    Please note the difference this year: the payment system has been implemented
    and delegates have to immediately pay the fee after registration. All full
    members receive two codes for free attendance, and associate members one.
  • Sponsoring: sponsor packages document
    • Allergan confirmed
    • Deepmind confirmed
    • Ongoing: Theapharma / MVZ has also contacted a long list of
      possible sponsors
    • Any updates from the board? The board will review the sponsor
      packagesand see to which companies they connect MVZ to invite to
      sponsor the13th annual meeting.
Member meeting
Wim Oosterom

Agenda & Documents for review:

Projects – update
Maaike van Zuilen
  1. Shortlist of outcomes measures
    – Update about project – King Khaled will lead the project, Sweden / Moorfields / Rotterdam will be members of the project – update by Maaike

2.a  Education – Subtopic: enucleation of the eye
– Update project plan Melbourne – update by Mark

2.b  Education – Subtopic: Know your drops
– Update – Knowledge Hub has been updated – update by Maaike

  1. Tech – innovations connected to safety 
    – No received proposals yet

Proposed project by Melbourne: Keratoconus International Consortium (KIC).  

Currently a team of ophthalmologists at the Eye and Ear have setup a Keratoconus International Consortium (KIC). Essentially this a group of
hospitals who are sharing information via a de-identified database. Data collected includes: demographic data, risk factors, clinical data
and quality of life. The plan is to then investigate the data to:

  1. Identify clinical, phenotypic as well as other risk factors that contribute to keratoconus disease causation,
    progression and response to treatment
  2. To develop a revised classification system to promote a clearer understanding of keratoconus
  3. Review the economic burden of keratoconus and the impact on quality of life of the patients
  4. Identify trends in treatment success and failure (eg. graft rejection, CXL success)

The significance of this project is that the establishment of the KIC will be a first in
keratoconus and will have profound implications for the study and a subsequent paradigm shift in treatment of keratoconus.

Currently the project is in the early stage with database just recently established. The group
are keen to recruit more hospitals and one of the team members is looking for funding so
she can spend a day a week on initial analysis of data.

Project proposal

Board composition
Wim Oosterom
Membership update
Maaike van Zuilen

India – application – verbal update by Maaike

To be reviewed
Wrap up
David Probert
  • Update – MVZ and WO have reviewed potential meetings in the year to promote the WAEH in the year more proactively
    • Possibility: Extra board meeting during AAO – 12 – 15 October 2019 – location: San Francisco – we
      can organize the extra board meeting together with our full member in SF – Rick Seefeldt is current
      also the chair of the AAEECE – the WAEH is welcome to visit his eye hospital
    • Possibility: extra board meeting connected to the meeting of the Singularity University – 4 – 7 November
      – San Diego – spoken about by the board in Dubai:

      Exponential Medicine is a unique and intensive four-day experience that gathers world-class faculty,
      innovators and organizations from across the biomedical and technology spectrum to explore and
      leverage the convergence of fast moving technologies in the reinvention of health and medicine.
  • Update- MVZ has sent out a Doodle for the 2019 – meetings on request
  • Update about insurance by Maaike van Zuilen
  • WAEH – Inclusion of Chapter Membership – Update by Dato Kula