11th KPro Study Group Meeting

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Preliminary Program

 11th KPro Study Group Overview

11th KPro Study Group Program

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This is a biannual meeting of keratoprosthesis (artificial cornea) experts and aficionados all over the world, whereby we exchange our experiences, new techniques and results of research for end stage corneal diseases which are otherwise deemed to blindness.

Organizer: Instituto Barraquer

Date: June 15, 2018 (time schedule: morning session 8:00 – 1:30 pm, afternoon session 3:00 – 7:00 pm) one day before the World Ophthalmology Congress

Venue: Cuatrecasas Auditorium, Avenida Diagonal 191, Barcelona (click for photos)

Meeting Title:  Pearls and Pitfalls in KPro Surgery

Meeting Language: English (no simultaneous translation available)

Objectives of the meeting: The aim of the meeting is to teach beginning or aspiring KPro surgeons on how to make insightful decision making on when and when not to do KPro surgery, to wisely choose which kind of KPro for individual cases and to effectively manage, as well as prevent possible complications. Moreover, expert surgeons will impart their long-term experience.


Registration fee: 100 Euros (Register NOW)

Abstracts: will be organized as per topics 1-12 below and moderated by the 1st speaker and the organizers. Several abstracts have already been received and are under review. Meeting time and seats are limited. Please send your abstract as soon as possible. Submission Deadline:  April 15, 2018


  1. Epidemiological studies and updates on present KProsJose de la Cruz (15 mins)
  2. Mesoplants: where are we headed for?Jean Marie Parel (15 mins)
  3. When and Which KPro?Christopher Liu (15 mins)
  4. KPros in pediatric cases Kathryn Colby (15 mins)
  5. The Boston KPro alternatives for end-stage corneal blindnessJames Chodosh (15 mins)
  6. Prevention and management of KPro complicationsGeetha Iyer (15 mins)
  7. Glaucoma and KPro: how to approach the dilemmaMona Dagher (15 mins)
  8. Retina and KPro: surgical techniques Jeroni Nadal (15 mins)
  9. Visual loss thru time: why and how?Rafael Barraquer (15 mins)
  10. Struggling with the KPro, a rookie´s point of viewAlja Crnej (10 mins), Mohammed Baghat (10 mins)
  1. Video symposium – participants are asked to send short videos (3 minutes each) on surgical pearls or special techniques to be commented on by a panel of experts.
  1. “Ask the Experts” moderated by Claes Dohlman

– Primary Boston KPro, why not?Esen Akpek (10 mins)

– 40 years’ experience with tibia keratoprosthesisJose Temprano (10 mins)

– When to reconstruct the ocular surface and when to do KProJosé Luis Güell  (10 mins)

– MOOKP in the U.S.A. Victor Perez (10 mins)

– Different folks, different strokes: reconstructing techniques for extruded KPros Jaime Etxebarria (10 mins)

– Treatment strategies to fight corneal blindness: let’s give KPro a breakGuillermo Amescua  (10 mins)


In honor of late pioneers in keratoprosthesis surgery:

  • Giancarlo Falcinelli Memorial LectureGiovanni Falcinelli (10 mins)
  • Joaquin Barraquer Memorial LectureElena Barraquer (10 mins)


Organizers and contacts:

For the Centro de Oftalmologia Barraquer

Maria Fideliz De la Paz      &     Victor Charoenrook

lizeldelapaz@yahoo.com          charoenrook@barraquer.com

For the KPro Study Group Steering Committee

Jose de la Cruz, Secretary General  &  Jean-Marie Parel, Assoc. SG

jnapoli@hotmail.com                              jmparel@med.miami.edu


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