Steering Committee

May 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The KPro Study Group was established in 1990 at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute by Parel, Alfonso, Lacombe and Legeais to foster clinical and basic research on keratoprosthesis, synthetic corneas and artificial corneal implants. This International Group aims to foster the development and improvement of keratoprosthesis worldwide for the benefit of eyecare and our patients. The Group is comprised of researchers and surgeons involved in this specialized field, and regular conferences are held to facilitate communication and research development.

2012 KPro Steering Committee

Honorary President:

Michael Roper-Hall, UK (1991)


Honorary Members:

  • Joaquin Barraquer, Spain (1993)
  • Emmanuel Lacombe, France (1990)
  • Giancarlo Falcinelli, Italy (1992)
  • Claes Dohlman, USA (2003)



  • Jean-Marie Parel, USA (1990)
  • Eduardo Alfonso, USA (1990)
  • Giancarlo Falcinelli, Italy (1992)
  • Bernard Duchesne, Belgium (1999)
  • Guenther Grabner, Austria (2001)
  • Deborah Sweeney, Australia (2001)
  • Masahiko Fukuda, Japan (2008)
  • Konrad Hille, Germany (2008)
  • Donald Tan, Singapore (2008)
  • Michael W Belin, USA (2008)
  • James Chodosh (2010)
  • Christopher Liu, UK (2010)
  • Srinivas Rao, India (2010)
  • Jose De La Cruz (2012)
  • Virender Sangwan (2012)
  • Victor Perez (2012


Retired Members

  • Y Takesue, Japan
  • Z Zagorski, Poland
  • J-M Legeais, France
  • A  Mounir, Egypt
  • G Rao, India
  • C Hicks, Australia
  • Carlos Leon, Guatemala
  • Jean Christophe Joyaux, France


KPro Administration

  • Secretary General: Jean-Marie Parel
  • Secretary General Associates: Deborah Sweeney & Michael Belin
  • Secretary General Assistants: Mariela C Aguilar & Alex Gonzalez

8th KPro Study Group meeting, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, May 12, 2012

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8th KPro Study Group meeting

Meeting President: Claes Dohlman – Meeting Chair & Host: Eduardo Alfonso
Preliminary Program
(Only speakers listed – final program will cite all authors)

Date: Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Venue: Jose Berrocal Auditorium, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, 900 NW 17th Street, Miami, Florida 33136
7:00am Registration opens: $ 85, payable in cash or by check made to “University of Miami”, a receipt will be provided at the registration desk the day of the meeting

Projection booth opens: Download ALL presentations – NO laptop on the podium
Poster hanging: Use scotch tape only, NO pins
Original presentations: 10 mins maximum – Presentations already given at ARVO 2012: 5 mins maximum

7:45 Opening Eduardo Alfonso, Meeting Chair
7:50 Introduction Jean-Marie Parel, KPro Study Group Secretary General
7:55 Meeting Rules Deborah Sweeney & Michael Belin, KPro SG Associate Secretary Generals

Session 1 MOOKP – Moderators: Victor Perez & Yoh Sawatari

8:00 Modified Osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis in Japan – Masahiko Fukuda
8:10 Osteo-Odonto Keratoprosthesis: Initial Experience Using a Four Staged Technique – Virender Sangwan
8:20 The role of electrophysiologic testing in the preoperative assessment of osteo-keratoprosthesis or osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis surgery – Victor Charoenrook
8:30-8:35 Long term ex-vivo testing of three bonding agents utilized to secure the PMMA optical cylinder to the MOOKP osteo-odonto lamina (Poster) – Deepa Sathia
8:35 Discussion (15 mins)

Session 2 Boston Keratoprosthesis – Moderators: Claes Dohlman & James Chodosh

8:50 Boston Keratoprosthesis in ocular chemical burns of southern China – Jianjun Gu
9:00 BPEI Long Term Clinical Outcome and Complications of the use of Boston KPro for the Treatment of Corneal Blindness – Luis Haddock
9:10 Boston Type 1 Keratoprosthesis for Bilateral Corneal Blindness: The Indian Experience – Virender Sangwan
9:20 Medium-Term Results From the Boston Keratoprosthesis Multicenter Study – Joseph Ciolino
9:30 The Use of Pre-Cut, Gamma Irradiated Corneal Lenticules in Boston Type 1 Keratoprosthesis Implantation – Essen Akpek
9:40 The Use of Gamma-Irradiated Cornea Tissue with Boston Type 1 Keratoprosthesis – Lena Chheda
9:50 An Affordable Boston Keratoprosthesis for World Corneal Blindness: the Lucia Modification – James Chodosh
10:00 Discussion (35mins)

10:35-11:00 COFFEE BREAK

Session 3 Alternative KPros and Treatments – Moderators: Debbie Sweeney & Gunther Grabner
11:00 Comparing the clinical application of MICOF and Boston keratoprostheses for corneal opacity unsuitable for keratoplasty – Liqiang Wang
11:10 Short-term clinical results of the use of the KeraKlear for the treatment of corneal blindness – Jose Vargas
11:20 Management of Bilateral Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency (LSCD): KPro versus Limbal Allograft – Virender Sangwan
11:30 Discussion (15 mins)

Session 4 Infection & Inflammation – Moderators: Eduardo Alfonso & Darlene Miller

11:45 Boston Keratoprosthesis-associated Endophthalmitis: Recommendations for Prevention – Irmgard Behlau
11:55 Contact Lens Surveillance Cultures in Boston Type I Keratoprosthesis Patients – Ruju Ra
12:05 Microbiota Evaluation of Patients with a Boston Type I Keratoprosthesis Treated with Topical 0.5% Moxifloxacin and 5% Povidone-iodine – Lauro A Oliveira
12:15 Retrospective Survival Analysis in Patients with Corneal Melt Following Boston Type 1 Keratoprosthesis – Ruju Rai
12:25 Scanning Electron Microscopy Observational Analysis of Explanted Keratoprosthesis – Jose De La Cruz
12:35-12:40 Boston Keratoprosthesis is useful for the treatment of severe Candida keratitis after PKP (Poster) – Masuo Sakamoto
12:40 Discussion (25 mins)

1:05-2:00 LUNCH

Session 5 Glaucoma – Moderators: Michael Banitt & Giancarlo Falcinelli

2:00 Key points for the implant of glaucoma drainage devices at time of Boston Keratoprosthesis surgery – Carolina Pallás
2:10 Viable alternative site for drainage of ocular fluid in glaucoma patients with KPro Type II or MOOKP – V. K. Aakalu
2:20 Discussion (10 mins)

Session 6 Retroprosthetic Membranes – Moderators: Michael Belin & Masahiko Fukuda

2:30 Retroprosthetic membranes (RPM) following Boston KPros: Why do they form and how can we prevent them? – Kathryn Colby
2:40 “Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Parts around the Stem? …The Shadows Know: Anterior Segment OCT investigation of Donor Corneal Melt and Retroprosthetic Membrane in a Patient with Boston Type I Keratoprosthesis” – Mary K Daly
2:50-2:55 Characterization of Retroprosthetic membrane by anterior segment OCT following Boston Type I KPro (Poster) – Kavitha R Sivaraman
2:55 Discussion (10 mins)

Session 7 Vitreoretinal Surgery – Moderators: Audina Berrocal & Yale Fisher

3:05 Vitreoretinal surgery in patients with Boston Keratoprosthesis and OOKP/OKP – Jeroni Nadal
3:15 Vitreoretinal Surgery and Retina Care in Boston Keratoprosthesis Type I Patients: The University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary Experience – FY Chau
3:25 The role of vitreoretinal surgery in eyes before, during and after implantation of permanent keratoprosthesis –Pukhraj Rishi
3:35 Pearls of Vitreoretinal surgery in patients with KPros – Audina Berrocal
3:45 Discussion (20 mins)

Session 8 Imaging KPros – Moderators: Jose De La Cruz & Jean-Marie Parel

4:05 Imaging for assessment of eyes with implanted Boston Type 1 Keratoprosthesis – Carolina Pallás
4:15 Angle closure after Boston Keratoprosthesis (OCT) – JF Panarelli
4:25 RTVue CAM Anterior Segment OCT Imaging of Relationship of Epithelium and Frontplate of Boston Type I KPro – Mary K Daly
4:35-4:45 Boston Keratoprosthesis Type 1 Device/Graft/Host Interfaces Evaluated by High-Definition Spectral-Domain Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography (Poster) – Ana GA Fernandez
4:45 Serial analysis of iris behavior and angle status using anterior segment optical coherence tomography following Boston Keratoprosthesis Type 1 – Joann J Kang (presented by Maria Soledad Cortina)
5:05 Discussion (20 mins)

Session 9 Novel Instruments, Devices, and Techniques – Moderators: Bernard Duchesne & Konrad Hille

5:25-5:30 A novel instrument to increase efficiency and improve contouring of MOOKP osteo-odonto lamina (Poster) – Yoh Sawatari
5:30 Telemetric IOP measurement for Keratoprosthesis – Samir Melki
5:40 Femtosecond laser assisted KPro (Boston KPro) – Luca Menabuoni
5:50-5:55 Argon Laser Iridoplasty for Optic Obstruction in Boston Keratoprosthesis (Poster) – Johann J Kang (presented by Ahmad A. Aref)
5:55 Discussion (10 mins)

6:05 Wrap-up & Announcements – Michael Belin, Deborah Sweeney, Jean-Marie Parel
6:10 End