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Professor Paulo Stanga to give opening address at first National OCT conference


The world-renowned retinal specialist and vitreoretinal surgeon, Professor Paulo Stanga of Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Professor of Ophthalmology and Retinal Regeneration for the University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Vision Regeneration (MVR) Lab at NIHR/ Wellcome Trust Manchester CRF has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the Topcon University-run National OCT Conference to be held at Birmingham’s Metropole Hotel on November 22 and 23.

Professor Stanga has recently hit the headlines as the first surgeon in the world to implant an AMD patient with a bionic eye implant - so combining artificial and natural vision for the first time in medical history. He was also the first ophthalmologist in the world to introduce OCT into clinical practice, back in 1998. 

More recently, Professor Stanga has worked closely with Topcon to finesse the very latest OCT technology, the DRI OCT Triton, which is the world’s first and only posterior and anterior segment swept source OCT. The Triton is the only OCT that sees through blood and cataracts and boasts the world’s fastest scanning speed of 100,000 A-Scans/second. Professor Stanga says: “I’m delighted to be opening the very first National OCT Conference, where I will be outlining the evolution of OCT and how it has developed in recent years and become an integral part of clinical practice. Latest advancements in OCT will also be covered, such as Swept Source and the numerous applications for the unique clinical information that can be obtained from this technology.”

Dr Rachel Hiscox, Education and Clinical Affairs Manager for UK & Ireland commented: “Topcon are very excited about hosting the very first National OCT Conference. The event promises world class education delivered by leading experts in the field, allowing practitioners to take their knowledge to the next level and building on the in-practice education the clinical affairs team offers.” 

The National OCT Conference boasts a distinguished line up of speakers, including Topcon University associates, who will outline the latest clinical evidence demonstrating the importance of OCT in optometry. With a packed programme including educational lectures, business seminars, workshops and peer discussion, the conference promises to provide attendees a varied and exciting experience. 

A selection of other confirmed speakers includes:

Dr Pearse Keane

NIHR Clinician Scientist at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London. Keane features on this year’s The Ophthalmologist “Top 40 under 40” Power List and has published extensively on OCT. Dr Keane is interested in the applications of swept source OCT for education and research and will be giving the closing lecture. 


Professor James Wolffsohn
Deputy Executive Dean, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, is one of the UK’s most prolific and well-respected optometric and ophthalmic equipment researchers. Professor Wolffsohn will give a lecture on anterior eye applications of OCT.



Dr Scott Mackie
Dispensing Optician and Optometrist, Dr Mackie is a perennially popular trainer and educator - his Eyecare 3000 programme has become the largest 2-day CET course in the UK, training more than 5500 Optometrists over 15 years. Dr Mackie will lead the Peer Discussion stream.



NickRumneyNicholas Rumney
Chairman, BBR Optometry, Hereford, is a Founder Member of the European Academy of Optometry & Optics. Nick has completed the Professional Certificate in Medical Retina at the University of Ulster and has now been co-opted to teach on the course. As Clinical Advisor to Topcon, he has been running OCT workshops supported by the company since 2007. Mr Rumney was also the first optometrist in the UK to use the Triton DRI swept source OCT in his practice. He will be
speaking about using OCT for glaucoma detection and management. He will also co-host a business seminar on how OCT works in his practice. 


The event kicks off on Sunday 22 November at 2pm - buffet lunch served from 1pm - with a full programme of lectures, hands-on workshops and peer discussion followed by a hot fork buffet dinner. After coffee, there will be a lighthearted, but no doubt fiercely competitive, “Topcon University Challenge” quiz. 

Monday 23 November’s programme follows the same format, with refreshments and lunch included, finishing off at approximately 4.00pm. 

The cost of the event, including all food and refreshments, is £150 plus VAT (not including hotel accommodation or parking).


Places are limited to reserve your place simply download the booking form and email it to Please be sure you have read the terms and conditions before sending the payment.