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Spring 2017 KPro Study Group Meeting Video held at The Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University.

KPro Study Group Preliminary Program

Hosted by The Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Site Host: Esen Akpek MD
When: Monday May 8th,2017 4PM-7PM
Where: Wilmer Smith Building Atrium 400 N Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231


To attend the meeting please RSVP to: Sondra Hicks shicks13@jhmi.edu and Alex Gonzalez alexgonzalez@miami.edu


Working dinner to follow meeting.

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10th KPro Study Group Meeting, Kyoto, Japan

December 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

 Meeting Video

Meeting Photos

KPros: Past, Present and Future

Meeting Website http://www.congre.co.jp/kpro2016/

Host: Masahiko Fukuda

Honorary President: Yoshikazu Shimomura

Program Advisor: Christopher Liu

Department of Ophthalmology, Kindai University Faculty of Medicine


Final Program (click here)


1  Trials and tribulations

History of KPros

The demise of Cardona, Choyce, Legeais and AlphaCor devices

Key note speaker: Konrad Hille

Chairs: Donald Tan, Konrad Hille

2.  Providing a service

Choosing a keratoprosthesis for your patient: To do or not to do, the role of the clinical psychologist, Setting up a KPro centre

Future prospect

Key note speaker: Christopher Liu

Chairs: Jean Marie Parel, Bernard Duchesne, Eduardo Alfonso (to be confirmed)

3. The OOKP

Rome-Vienna protocol

Variations on a theme

When there is no teeth: allograft, tibial, Pintucci and variation, Boston Type 2

Future prospect

Key note speaker: Johnny Falcinelli

Chairs: Masahiko Fukuda, Christopher Liu, Johnny Falcinelli

4. The Boston devices

Standard Boston Type 1 KPro

Skiing off piste: hostile ocular surface, dry eye, exposure Lucia and Indian variations Boston Type 2 LVP variation

Future prospect

Key note speaker: JAMES Chodosh

Chairs: Jim Chodosh, Jose de la Cruz, Shiro Amano

5.  Dealing with complications I

  • Glaucoma:

Detection of glaucoma

Medical management

Laser and Surgical management


  • surface inflammation
  • vitritis
  • RPM:
  • Lamina absorption:

Key note speaker: Donald Tan

Chairs: Soledad Cortina, Sayan Basu, Jose de la Cruz

6. Dealing with complications II


  • Lid malposition and fornix reconstruction mucous membrane alterations and overgrowth cosmesis and orbital decompression Retinal detachment:
  • VR surgery
  • Hypotony

Key note speaker: Maria de la Paz

Chairs: Maria de la Paz, Johnny Falcinelli, Bernard Duchesne

7. Case presentation and future KPros

Chairs: Hiroshi Eguchi (Kinki University), Venkat Avadhanam, Geetha lyer

8. Special lecture: Ocular Surface Reconstruction by Prof. Shigeru Kinoshita

Chair: Masahiko Fukuda

 9. Endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK vs DMEK)

Chairs: Jun Shimazaki, Satoru Yamagami

Key note speaker (DSAEK). Akira Kobayashi

Key note speaker (DMEK). Friedrich Kruse

 10. Special DMEK course by Friedrich Kruse

Chair: Christopher Liu

11. Ocular surface reconstruction

Chairs: Shigeru Kinoshita, Donald Tan

Key note speaker: Kohji Nishida

Luncheon seminar 1 (Keratoplasty, Santen) Organizer: Yoshikazu Shimomura Speakers: Shigeto Shimmura, Masahiko Fukuda

 Luncheon seminar 2 (Stevems-Johnson syndrome, Senju) Organizer: Christopher Liu, Masahiko Fukuda Speakers: James Chodosh, Tsutomu Inatomi

 Morning seminar (corneal infection, Alcon) Organizer: Yoshitsugu Inoue Speakers: Noriko Koizumi, Satoru Yamagami

Call for Abstracts for Free Papers/Posters

Submission Deadline: February 29, 2016 –Abstract Submission Form 

Presentation Types: Oral / Poster

Subject Categories:

  • Trials and tribulations
  • Providing a service
  • The OOKP
  • The Boston devices
  • Dealing with complications I
    Glaucoma, surface inflammation, vitritis, RPM, Lamina absorption
  • Dealing with complications II
  • Case presentation and future KPros
  • Endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK vs DMEK)
  • Ocular surface reconstruction

Other subjects are of course welcome.


Conflict of Interest (COI) Disclosure

Authors/Presenters at the meeting (including poster session presenters) will be required to disclose any financial interests related to the presentations. Disclosure information will be required at the time of submission.

Abstracts must be submitted via E-mail by sending the Abstract Submission Form to: kpro2016@congre.co.jp

•The corresponding author will receive an email confirmation within seven days of submission.

Meeting Registration

uPre-Registration: October 30, 2015-March 22, 2016

Registration Fee: JPY30,000

*Payments can be made by credit card.

*Please ensure that you carry a printed copy of the registration confirmation email to facilitate the registration process.

Register here 


uOn-Site Registration:

Please come to the On-site registration desk and proceed to the On-site payment.

Registration Fee: JPY35,000

*Payments can be made in Cash ONLY – NO checks, NO credit card

Social Program

uGala Dinner

Date: Friday, April 22, evening time

Venue: Kyoto Hotel Okura

Fee: included in the registration fee except for accompanying persons (JPY 5,000/person)


uOptional Tour

Kyoto city tour

Date: Friday, April 22, daytime

Cost: JPY 3,000/person (Lunch included)

* Booking will close if it reaches the maximum number of 40persons


*Booking is required for each program through meeting Pre-Registration.


uCancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation notification must be submitted in writing to the Congress Secretariat by e-mail

The deadline to receive refund requests is Tuesday, March 22, 2016.


lMeeting registration

          On/before March 22, 2016: 70% of the total amount will be refunded.

          On/after March 23, 2016: NO REFUNDS.


lGala dinner (for accompanying person)

          On/before March 22, 2016: 70% of the total amount will be refunded.

          On/after March 23, 2016: NO REFUNDS.


lOptional tour

          On/before March 22, 2016: 70% of the total amount will be refunded.

          On/after March 23, 2016: NO REFUNDS.

Refunds will be refunded to the credit card company used


Kyoto is well known for one of the most popular tourist site in Japan and spring time is also a great time to visit.  We therefore recommend early booking due to the high season in April.

Nippon Travel Agency Co., Ltd. has been appointed the official travel agent for this meeting and will handle accommodation


Click here for Hotel Map            Click here for Hotel Booking

If you wish to book a cheaper accommodation, please refer to the following links;





Email to Secretariat for any queries; kpro2016@congre.co.jp 

Meeting Website http://www.congre.co.jp/kpro2016/

KPro Study Group Round Tables at Barcelona, Spain.

August 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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As was announced late last year, a pre-EuCORNEA KPro Round Tables will occur on September 3, 2015 in Barcelona.

The preliminary program shows, we took a different approach for that meeting: instead of several formal presentations on a specific theme ending with a short discussion of all presentations, the Round Tables is more focused on discussions: each section will have moderators that will be in charge of starting discussions and pros and cons based on the cases presented by the presenters.

The case presenters in each section will make short presentation of cases. Each case presentation will be limited to 5 slides and one video. The total case presentation time will be limited to 5 minutes and then 7 minutes of discussion led by the moderators.  Audience questions will be encouraged.

As the Round Tables starts in the afternoon (3pm = 15:00), we only had a few hours to work with and we therefore had to be very specific as to the selected topics and the number of presentations.

IMO has kindly offered to host the Round Tables

Please register directly at www.imo.es/kpro – the site also gives directions as how to get there.

We hope you will like the different format and, of course we hope to see you in Barcelona!


March 19, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

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April 14, 2015, 8 AM – 5 PM at

 Shiley Eye Institute UC San Diego

9415 Campus Point Drive, La Jolla, CA

Hosted by: Natalie Afshari MD DrAfshari@ucsd.edu

Program & Abstracts KPro Study Group Symposium UCSD PreWCC 2015

Information on airport, hotels, and transportation.


KPro Symposium, Shiley Eye Center, UC San Diego, April 14, 2015

January 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 


Brighton Cornea Course

April 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th June 2014
Venue: Audrey Emerton Building, Adjacent to Sussex Eye Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 5BE
Course Director:Professor Christopher Liu
Contact: Lisa.Stanton@bsuh.nhs.uk
Phone: 01273 523204
Registration Fees (before 16th May): Day Rate: £150 (trainee), £200 (SAS and optometrist), £250 (consultant)
Full course (both days including course dinner):£250 (trainee), £300 (SAS and optometrist), £400 (consultant)Course Dinner: £30 (free for those registered for both days)

Download PDF with complete details Brighton_Corneal_Course

9th KPro Study Group meeting, Salzburg

April 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Meeting Photos

9th KPRO Study Group Video Part 1

9th KPRO Study Group Video Part 2

9th KPRO Study Group Video Part 3

9th KPRO Study Group Video Part 4

Download PDF version of 9th KPro Revised Program

Download PDF version of 9th KPro Abstracts Book


In view of the VERY large number of presentations, it is MANDATORY for presenters to adhere to the following rules:

1) Oral presentations and poster that are scheduled for Saturday MORNING need to be uploaded/mounted between 5:00pm and 7:00pm on FRIDAY 4/11.

2) ALL oral presentations needs to be in MS Power Point and brought to the projectionist in a USB Flash Drive only. NO laptops allowed.

3) The auditorium will be open at 7am on Saturday for registration.

4) Presentation timing has to be STRICTLY respected – a 1 min timeout warning will be given to the speaker. At timeout, the speaker microphone will be shut down.  Consider this a courtesy to all the speakers after you – this will be a very long one-day meeting and we need to adhere strictly to the time frame !

5) Posters: Maximum size: 120cm (47”) wide x 140cm (55”) high. Each poster board will be numbered (see program below for YOUR poster number – e.g.: P1, P2, etc)

6) Registration cost is 100 Euros or  140 USD – Cash ONLY – NO checks, NO credit card


–    Registrants will receive a Book of Abstracts, a badge and a confirmation of payment at registration.

–    The airport is 20 mins to/from the auditorium by taxi. Registration and security will take another 30mins. Plan 1hr to make its safe. A taxi station is located at the main entrance of the hospital.

– The guided city tour will start 10:00am sharp at the entrance of the dome and will be free of charge and guided by Josef Stoiber´s lovely wife Christina!

– The Sound of Music tour will start by a pick-up bus at the hospital gates at 1:40pm  Our Host Prof Grabner and his colleagues at the University Eye Clinic of the Paracelsus Medical University wishes everyone a safe travel to Salzburg !

9th KPro meeting April 12, 2014, Salzburg, Austria, CALL for ABSTRACTS

January 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We are happy to announce our 2014 meeting which will be held on April 12, 2014

at the Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg,

Final abstract deadline extended to  Sunday March 16, 2014

in the MAIN AUDITORIUM Building H1 (http://www.salk.at/lageplan_lkh.php?aid),

of the Landeskrankenhaus, Universitätsklinikum, http://www.salk.at/Landeskrankenhaus.html


Our meeting title will be:


Current KPro´s – Indications, Complications and Solutions – where are we going?


We are seeking presentations on the following subjects:

  1. Current status/advances/future of MOOKP, Boston KPro, Biosynthetic cornea, and other KPros.
  2. What are the major problems with current KPros?
  3. How best prevent/treat infection/inflammation?
  4. Glaucoma and KPro: any solution yet?
  5. Can we avoid retroprosthetic membrane formation?
  6. Vitreoretinal surgery in KPro patients: how to deal with this problem?
  7. How can one best image the anterior segment and retina in KPro patients?
  8. What improvements or new instruments would you like in your surgical armamentarium?

Other subjects are of course welcome.


Should you be interested in presenting, please submit a short abstract following the ARVO format, an Abstract Submission Form link is here.


In view of the past several meetings, we expect spending a full 8:30am – 5:30pm day with presentations lasting 10 min maximum and 10 mins for discussion. Exceptions will be made by the Steering Committee for complex subjects that require more time.


Practical information:


  • The Landeskrankenhaus, Universitätsklinikum address is Müllner Hauptstrasse 48, 5020 Salzburg. A protected and covered car park is available next to the auditorium building (see map P3).  We will provide exit tickets for those participants arriving with their own car – request at the registration desk.


  • Salzburg in the spring time is a great time of the year to visit! This is also well known to many tourists and in addition this weekend is the start of the Salzburg Easter Music Festival that some of you might be familiar with. It is therefore crucial that you start making you bookings for accommodations as soon as possible as many good locations (top class hotels, close to the city and hospital) will be booked quite some time in advance. Find more booking details in this link.


Thanks to Jean-Marie Parel and his expert co-workers we have a new website www.KPro.org for additional information on the organization and this upcoming meeting.

We are very thankful to many KPro members for helping the KPro Study Group Team update the now  >650 strong KPro email list which will be used to update you on this upcoming meeting in Europe.


With the hope to see you on April 12, 2014, we wish you all the best !


For the KPro Study Group steering committee and KPro SG secretariat

Debbie Sweeney,Michael Belin & Jean-Marie Parel

& Günther Grabner for the local organizing committee

KPro SIG at AsiaARVO 2013

September 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Course:  A step by step guide to Keratoprosthesis devices, surgery and research update

Monday 28 October 2013,  8:30am to 9:30am

SIG: Keratoprosthesis: complexities and outcomes revisited.

Tuesday 29 October 9:45 to 11:15 am  Click here for details and links.


KPro training course on August 10, 2013 at the PAAO annual meeting

March 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

KPro training course

Pan American Association of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 7– 10, 2013.

The course will be held on Saturday Aug 10 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm

For details: http://www.paao.org


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  •  Mark J Mannis
  • Victor L Perez

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