45th Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium
Fisher Building, St John's College, Cambridge, UK, 2nd - 4th September 2015
Chairmen: Professor John Marshall
Academic Organiser: Martin Snead
We are delighted to invite you to come to Cambridge to the forty-fifth Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium. Apart from the excellent scientific programme, you will have the opportunity to discover and enjoy some of the best known Colleges in one of the world's most famous universities. Cambridge abounds with buildings of great historical and architectural interest, and is rich in important museums and culture.
The Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium is unique among ophthalmological gatherings. It is a two day residential meeting which brings together basic scientists and clinicians to discuss a well defined topic in detail under the chairmanship of one of the leaders in that field.
2015 has been designated by the United Nations as the "Year of Light" so the symposium this year will take Light as its theme.
The recent underlying advances of the physics and the effect of light on the physiology of the eye will be discussed in detail together with the use of light in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. New researches in physics and engineering may show the way ahead in possible major advances in surgery and investigation of ocular disorders
The conference will be centred in the Fisher Building, St John's college and you will find it hard to avoid the feeling of sharing its history. St John's College was founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort, (mother of Henry VII) whose descendants formed the Tudor dynasty. Its fine sixteenth and seventeenth century courts are linked to the later nineteenth century Gothic "New Court" by the picturesque Bridge of Sighs, and within the College can also be found the oldest surviving secular building in Cambridge, The School of Pythagoras, dating from about 1200. It was the St John's College Boat Club which first challenged Oxford to a race, so originating the annual University Boat Race on the Thames.
We much look forward to seeing you in Cambridge in 2015. We can assure you of a warm welcome and we hope you will take away not only some new ideas about this challenging field of medicine, but also a lasting memory of Cambridge.