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Best Presentation Award for Young Scientists

In 2003 The European Paediatric Ophthalmological Society for the first time awarded the Best Presentation Award for Young Scientists. The award shall be assigned to clinicians and scientists not older than 35 years who will contribute outstanding oral or poster presentations to the annual meeting. Any registered member participating in the annual meeting aged 35 years or less may apply for this award which will be decided upon by the Board of the Society. The actual presentation as well as the response to questions about the paper or poster will be taken into account. The award will be given as a travel grant to the awardees.

Awardees 2003-2013

  • 2013 Sofie Caen: The ophthalmological examination in neurofibromatosis type 1 (presentation)
  • 2013 Imran Yusuf: Black Magic in pseudophakic eyes: Ultra-Widefield Retinal Imaging through black IOLs for intractable diplopia (poster)
  • 2012 Elias Adjadj: Treatment of herpes viral retinopathies in babies with severe immune deficiency (poster) Lina Raffa: Central Corneal Thickness, Intraocular Pressure an Ocular Axial Length in moderately to late preterm school-aged children (presentation)
  • 2011 Arlette van Sorge, Leiden the Netherlands: The NEDROP study: Incidence and risk factors of ROP (poster)
  • 2010 Dr. Konstantinos Aliferis (Overlapping of Alstrôm and Bardet-Biedl Syndrome Early Phenotype Confirmed by Systematic High Throughput Ciliopathy Genes Sequencing)
  • 2010 Dr. Catherine Cassiman (Functional and Structural Ophthalmological Outcome in Cryo- or Laser Treated Premature Babies with Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Between 1989 and 2008)
  • 2010 Tobias Wimmer (In Vitro Expression of the Anti-VEGF-F(Ab)-Fragment Ranibizumab)
  • 2009 Dr. Mariya Moosajee (Novel pharmacological therapies for ocular coloboma)
  • 2009 Arlette Van Sorge (NEDROP: a national inventory on screening for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP))
  • 2008 Alexandra Louise Creavin (Ophthalmic problems in children with Down syndrome: findings from England)
  • 2008 Suzanne Yzer (The ocular and olfactory phenotype of LCA patients with mutations in CEP290)
  • 2007 Dr. Barbara Leyssens (Treatment of exudative changes in Coat’s type retinitis pigmentosa)
  • 2007 Maja Å uÅ¡tar (Full-field and ON-OFF ERG abnormalities in children with CSNB)
  • 2007 Dr. Sri Thyagarajan (Cone dystrophies and partial cone dysfunction presenting to Great Ormond StreetHospital for Children)
  • 2006 Dr. Charlotte Funnell (Auto-immune Corneal Endotheliopathy)
  • 2006 Dr. Elisabeth McKillop (Problems experienced by Children with Cognitive Visual Dysfunction dueto Cerebral Visual Impairment – and the Approaches which Parents HaveAdopted to Deal with these Problem)
  • 2006 Dr. Ana Fonseca ( Parry-Romberg syndrome: report of two cases )
  • 2005 Tatiana Ciomartan (ROP screening in the prevention of childhood blindness in Romania and proposed local screening guidelines)
  • 2005 Michael P. Schittkowski (Prevalence of systemic and ophthalmological anomalies in congenital anophthalmia or microphthalmia)
  • 2004 Bodo Janke (Alternative splicing in AIPL1 – implications on function and the mutational spectrum)
  • 2004 Dr. Marije Sminia (Ten year follow up of Artisan aphakic intraocular lens implantation in children with traumatic cataract)
  • 2004 Dr. Jacqueline van der Spuy (The Leber congenital amaurosis protein AIPL1 modulates the nucleoplasmic distribution of the cell cycle regulator NUB1)
  • 2003 Dr. Michael Michaelides (Genetic heterogeneity in the North Carolina macular dystrophy phenotype)
  • 2003 Madgdalena Sildatke-Bauer (Monozygotic twins discordant for Duane’s syndrome – case study
  • 2003 Dr. Viktoria Szabo (Diagnosis of ocular chlamydia trachomatis infection in newborns and children)




Presentation of the Best Presentation Award for Young Scientists at the 2013 Annual Meeting

Sofie Caen and Imran Yusuf with Nikolas Ziakas, President of EPOS





Presentation of the Best Presentation Award for Young Scientists at the 2010 Annual Meeting

From left to right:

  • Dr. Konstantinos Aliferis and Birgit Lorenz, President of EPOS
  • Dr. Catherine Cassiman and Birgit Lorenz, President of EPOS
  • Dr. Knut Stieger receiving the 2010 Best Presentation Award by proxy of Tobias Wimmer and Birgit Lorenz, President of EPOS






Presentation of the Best Presentation Award for Young Scientists at the 2009 Annual Meeting

From left to right:

  • Dr. Mariya Moosajee and Birgit Lorenz, President of EPOS
  • Arlette Van Sorge and Birgit Lorenz, President of EPOS


Travel Grant 

The European Paediatric Ophthalmological Society Travel Grant for Young Scientists is awarded to participants of the annual meeting showing a dedication in their research. The award shall be assigned to clinicians and scientists not older than 35 years who will contribute outstanding presentations to the annual meeting. Any registered member participating in the annual meeting aged 35 years or less my apply for this award which will be decided upon by the Board of the Society.

Note that the Travel Grant can only be awarded to those with an oral presentation or a poster with rapid fire presentation.

Awardees 2008-2013: 

  • 2013 Judith Kortvelyes, Hungary (Laser flare photometry in healthy preschool children)
  • 2013 Anna Mourgela, Greece (Frequency of spontaneous pulsations of the central retinal vein in the paediatric population)
  • 2013 James Neffendorf, UK (Efficacy and safety of a combination of 0.5% Cyclopentolate with 2.5% Phenylephrine used for ROP screening in 623 consecutive examinations spanning a 30 month period)
  • Stephan Smith, USA (Evaluating the risk of extraocular tumor spread following intravitreal injection therapy for retinoblastoma: a systematic review)
  • 2012 Sarah Chamney: Review of treatment of Retinopathy of Prematurity in Northern Ireland from 2000 – 2011 (presentation) Ksenya Belousova: The development of visual functions in very preterm children of triplets (poster) Marta Suwala: Connective tissue disorders as a possible cause of optic neuropathy (poster)
  • 2011 Irina Balikova: High frequency of copy number alterations in patients with congenital eye malformations (presentation) Hon Shing Ong: Spontaneous dislocation of Artisan iris claw aphakic intraocular lens causing complications in two children (poster).
  • 2010 Dr. Ramiro Maldonado, USA (Evaluation of the Neonatal Macula Using Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD OCT))
  • 2010 Dr. Panthipa Wongwai, Thailand (Outcome of Adjunctive Intravitreal Bevacizumab Combined with Laser Indirect Ophthalmolscopy for Treatment of ROP)
  • 2009 Dr. Nadezhda Gvozdyuk, Moscow, Russia (Optic Neuropathy In Children With The Secondary Glaucoma)
  • 2008 Francesca Manzotti, Parma, Italy (Immunosuppressive drug combination therapy in paediatric autoimmune ocular diseases: follow-up from 1991)
  • 2008 Caitriona Kirwan, Dublin, Ireland (Glaucoma in aphakic and pseudophakic eyes following surgery for congenital cataract in the 1st year of life)



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