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Highlights of the 2017 CRS Annual Meeting

The Canadian Retina Society (CRS) was excited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the annual CRS meeting between March 2nd and March 4th, 2017. This year's CRS meeting, Canada's premier educational event for retina specialists, was held at Canada's finest mountain resort in Whistler, British Columbia. The venue offered optimal learning and networking experiences at the beautiful Fairmount Chateau Whistler. The meeting brought together some of the brightest minds in medicine; an impressive breadth and scope of international and national expertise. The exceptional scientific program was delivered by guest speakers from the US and Canada, with topics ranging from the surgical outcomes and complications of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment, to recent advances in imaging and management of posterior uveitic disorders and Zika in 2017.

The CRS was honoured to welcome Dr. Ian MacDonald who presented The Dr. Mila Oh Memorial Lecture. Dr. Ian MacDonald is the emeritus professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Alberta and past chair of the department, having served four terms over 20 years. In recognition of his work in Canada to foster the development of academic ophthalmology, he was elected as a fellow to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Dr. MacDonald's area of clinical and research interest is inherited retinal disorders, in particular, maculopathies and choroideremia.

In his role as principle investigator on the Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions CRIO Alberta Ocular Gene Therapy Team, he leads a team that initiated the first application of ocular gene therapy in Canada. The CRS extends a warm thank you to the Retina Foundation of Canada for their generous support of this lecture.

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 the results of the third, made-in-Canada "Canadian Preference and Trends (CAN-PAT) Survey" were presented to meeting attendees. Thank you to all the CRS members who took the time to complete the survey. The CAN-PAT survey data provided a fascinating glimpse into a wide range of medical, surgical, and socioeconomic topics.

As the sessions concluded for CRS members, the fun was moved to the outdoors. Whistler offered the perfect atmosphere for blending work and play. The picturesque mountains in the Fairmount Chateau's backyard and the iconic ice bar offered an opportunity for family leisure time, networking and catching up with retina colleagues from across the country and around the world.

This year's meeting would not have been possible without the hard work and leadership of Dr. Amin Kherani, President of the CRS; Dr. Netan Choudhry, CPD Director and Co-Chair; and Dr. Pradeepa Yoganathan, Co-Chair, CRS Meeting.

The CRS would also like to thank the guest speakers and panelists who lent us their expertise and provided excellent opportunities for education and discussion. We thank the delegates who attended sessions, the family members who came to enjoy the fun, and the sponsors who gave us their generous support. The conference would not have been the same without the contributions of each one of them. Lastly, the CRS would like to thank the staff of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) for their attention to the many behind-the-scenes details that allowed this meeting to run smoothly.

To view more photos from this year's event please CLICK HERE.

We look forward to seeing everyone at next year's meeting at the beautiful Fairmont Tremblant in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, March 1-3, 2018.