International Society for Glaucoma Surgery

Welcome to the Congress

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 4th International Congress on Glaucoma Surgery to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from April 16th to 18th, 2009. After the successful congresses in Europe (Lausanne 2001), Africa (Luxor 2003) and Canada (Toronto 2006), we are expecting ICGS 2009 to be different and distinct , thanks to Geneva’s varied cultural activities and its humanitarian commitment, as a truly global and international capital.

The International Society of Glaucoma Surgery organizes the Congress in order to offer updates on new diagnostic tools, treatment options and surgical techniques. The topics will be covered by invited lecturers and instructors, selected from amongst the opinion leaders as the most qualified experts and as skilled communicators, each with the task to present the state of the art of their specific field of interest. The congress will cover all the clinically relevant aspects of glaucoma, update the participants on the latest in diagnostic and management options and illustrate present and impending research developments likely to influence clinical practice. The format and the content are targeted both for the glaucoma specialist and the general ophthalmologist.

Geneva was chosen as the venue for the 2009 edition being ideally located for participants coming from the different parts of Europe and the whole world. Attending this congress will also be an opportunity to discover, or rediscover, a city of unique charm with a rich cultural and humanitarian tradition. Geneva has a history of being very active in defending human rights, leading to the foundation of the Red Cross in 1863. It is the home of numerous international, governmental and nongovernmental organisations, including the World Health Organisation and the European headquarters of the United Nations.

The congress venue is the Centre Médical Universitaire, a functional structure, equipped with high quality meeting facilities and animated by the graduating students’ activities. Our congress programme includes an opening ceremony, plenary sessions, debates, instruction courses, symposia and a gala dinner.

We give you our warmest welcome and, as always, the aspiration that the scientific working sessions will be a means of comparison and thorough learning for all participants in a positive and exciting atmosphere.

André Mermoud, MD
President, ICGS
Tarek Shaarawy, MD
Secretary General, ICGS