HISTORY OF THE PAN AMERICAN SOCIETY RETINA AND VITREO
The Pan-American Retinal and Vitreous Society (SPRV) was born during the XXIV Pan-American Ophthalmology Association (PAAO) Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico (March 28-April 1, 2003). A group of members of the Latin American Group Angiography, Laser and Vitreoretinal Surgery (GLADAOF) and the PAAO Board of Directors decided to create the GLADAOF SPRV as an affiliated company with the APAO subspecialty.
LATIN AMERICAN AND LASER ANGIOGRAPHY GROUP IN OPHTHALMOLOGY (GLADAOF)
(Version of Darío Fuenmayor Rivera, July of 2006, updated until February of 2018 by Dr. Fernando Arevalo).
The year 1975 was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a course on the angio-olography of Fluorescein, coordinated by Dr. Arturo Alezzandrini, pioneer of this exploration in Latin America. At the initiative of Dr. Alezzandrini, the idea of forming a group with those who at the time dedicated themselves to the study of Angiography of Fluorescein. Drs. Dario Fuenmayor and Alfonso Garmendia (Venezuela), Dr. Pedro Saenz (Peru) and Suel Abujamra (Brazil) agreed and decided to maintain contact and provide ideas for the formation of this group. Dr. Carlos Desio from Argentina joined this discussion and was always present.
Always with the enthusiasm of Arturo, every time we were in an ophthalmological event, we kept the original idea. This raises the proposal to call the group: South American Council of Angiofluoresceinografía (COSADA), inspired at that moment by the Latin American Council of Strabismus (CLADE). Shortly thereafter, the name was changed to the Latin American Association of Angiofluoresceinography (ALADA), with a Promoter Council. The Council drafted a document which emphasized that it was "a scientific entity that should be founded to promote the improvement, dissemination and application of all the knowledge and techniques related to this ophthalmological diagnosis (AFG)." "The Association is an autonomous entity which in due course may join the American Association of Ophthalmology and is headed by an Executive Committee and a Secretary General, its headquarters shall be the legal domicile, while the permanent secretariat corresponds to the country of origin of the Secretary- General ". "The Association's meeting will be held in Caracas (Venezuela) at the end of 1977 and before the Venezuelan Congress of Ophthalmology, in which the Rules of Procedure will be discussed and the First Executive Committee elected."
Near the II Venezuelan Congress of Ophthalmology, held at the Hotel Macuto Sheraton (Caraballeda, Venezuela), the name was changed to the Latin American Group of Angiofluoresceinographists (GLADA). This institution entered into force on Sunday, November 20, 1977, at 8:05 am, taking advantage of the conclusion of the Pre-Conference Course: "Fluoresceinography Angio" Anzoategui-Zulia Hall (mezzanine) Hotel Macuto Sheraton, coordinated by Dr. Darío Fuenmayor and Dr. Alfonso Garmendia. This course was attended by foreigners (Dr. Arturo Alezzandrini and Dr. Jorge Mosquera), Venezuelan ophthalmologists (Dr. Sonia de Maza, Dr. Maritza de Alzaibar, Dr. Gonzalez Urbaneja Ibrahim and Dr. Guillermo Pereira). This event led to the consolidation of the group and can be considered as the date of its formal beginning.
Since we made AFG (or FRG), also used the laser in the treatment of diseases of the retina, it was decided to change once again the name of the Latin American Group of Ocular Angiography and photocoagulation in ophthalmology (GLADAOF).
On the occasion of the III Venezuelan Congress of Ophthalmology, the American Symposium First Latin Angiofluoresceinografía, held as a pre-congress, activity on the topic: Angiofluoresceinography of the optic disc. Saturday, November 21, 1981, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Anzoátegui-Zulia Hall. Dr. Darío Fuenmayor (Ven), Dr. Alfonso Garmendia (Ven), Dr. Jorge Mosquera (Arg), Dr. Rafael Muci-Mendoza (Ven), Dr. Piñerua Enrique (Ven) Dr. Frigerio Emilio (Arg), Dr. Arturo Alezzandrini (Arg), Dr. Pedro Saenz (Peru), Dr. Ibrahim Gonzalez U. (Ven), Dr. Ramiro Almeida (ECU) and Dr. Alejandro Dal K. (Mex).
In the days of the Congress, the idea given by Arturo, would be to hold independent meetings of other events, and that is how he decided to do with the name of Forum, every 2 years and went to do the 1st GLADAOF Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina , from October 24 to 26, 1984. It was called the 1st Latin American Forum on Ocular Laser Angiography and in Ophthalmology, sponsored by the American Angio Fluoresceinographers and Latin Photocoagulation Group. Dr. Hunter Little (USA), Dr. Alvaro Rodriguez (Colombia), Dr. Hernando Zegarra (USA), Dr. Felix Sabates (USA), Dr. Gholam Peyman (USA) and Dr. Pierre Amalric (France). He was sponsored by the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology of the Department of Ophthalmology of the National University of Buenos Aires, and Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Society Argentina and Argentina Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. On Friday, October 26, at 6:00 p.m., the closing Assembly was held. On the same day, it was agreed to hold the 2nd Latin American Forum in the city of Belo Horizonte (Brazil) in 1986. It was the first assembly of the GLADAOF.2º Latin American Forum of Ocular Angiography and Photocoagulation, an activity carried out jointly with the IV Congress of AMIHR (Medical Association of Hilton Rocha Institute), in Belo Horizonte, MG-Brazil, April 20 and 21, 1986. Official Topic: Vitrectomy. Honorary President: Dr. Alvaro Rodriguez Gonzalez. 3rd Latin American Forum . Ocular Angiofluoresceinography and Laser in Ophthalmology (GLADAOF), Caracas, Venezuela. June 23-25, 1988. XII International Course of the Venezuelan Ophthalmological Foundation, President: Dr. Rafael Cordero Moreno.Activation of the Vitreo-Retina Working Group of the Venezuelan Society of Ophthalmology (SVO). Honorary President: Dr. Hernando Zegarra USA) .Meeting for honor: Dr. Mireille Bonet (France). During this 3rd Latin American Forum it approves to apply for membership in the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology which was accepted by the PAAO through a Scientific Reciprocity Cooperation Agreement signed in 1988. Since then , GLADAOF was active in the Congress of the PAAO.4º Latin American Forum of Angiofluoresceinografia Ocular and Photocoagulation in Ophthalmology. Lima Peru. July 4, 5 and 6, 1991. Hotel Sheraton-Lima.Presidente de Honor: Dr. Suel Abujamra.This Forum, which should have been held in 1990, should have been postponed due to problems of insecurity and political turbulence in Lima. 5th Latin American Ocular Forum and angiofluorescein laser in ophthalmology. Cancun, Mexico 16-17 and July 18, 1992.6th Latin American Forum of Angiography and Laser in Ophthalmology. 6/7/8 October 1994, Hyatt Regency Hotel. Santiago, Chile. Honorary President: Dr. Darío Fuenmayor President GLADAOF: Dr. Juan Verdaguer Pan American Conference: Dr. Arturo Alezzandrini Pan American Conference: Dr Hilel Lewis It is when the Pan American Conference first appears.7nd GLADAOF Forum. El Nogal Club, 6-8 June 1996. Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia. Honorary President: Dr. Juan VerdaguerGLADAOF President: Dr. Alvaro RodriguezFirst Conference "Founders" and Gold Medal. Delineation of Macular Subretinal Neovascularizations. Dr. Suel Abujamra.First Keynote Conference "Arturo A. Alezzandrini" (later called GLADAOF) and imposition of the Gold Medal: Tumors of the Papilla. Dr. Arturo A. Alezzandrini. 8th GLADAOF Forum. At the request of Dr. Arturo A. Alezzandrini, the holding of this Forum was postponed to coincide with the activities of the XVI Argentine Congress of Ophthalmology, which was also President Dr Alezzandrini. Thus, the event took place in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, from June 6 to 10, 1999.Conference of the founders: Dr. Pedro Sáenz.Conference GLADAOF: Dr. Alvaro Rodriguez.9º GLADAOF Forum. Coinciding with the XXVII Congress of the Brazilian Society of Retina and Vitreous. Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hotel Meliá. May 23 to 25, 2002. At the Assembly, the city of Quito, Ecuador, was chosen to hold the 10th Forum in 2004.PAN AMERICAN RETINA AND VITREO SOCIETY (SPRV) During the Pan-American Congress of Ophthalmology in Puerto Rico, 2003 , the decision to rename the group by the Pan American Retina and Vitreous Society (MMRV) was taken. A group of members of the Latin American Group Angiography, Laser and Vitreoretinal Surgery (GLADAOF) and the PAAO Board of Directors decided to create the GLADAOF SPRV as a subspecialty affiliated society to PAAO (Fig. 1). Thus, the 1st Congress of the Pan-American Retina and Vitreous Society, held in Quito, Ecuador, June 16-19, 2004, would have been the 10th GLADAOF Forum. It is held under the chairmanship of Dr. Gregorio Gabela (Ecuador). The conference "Founders" is dictated by Dr. Christiano Barsante and the conference "GLADAOF" is dictated by Dr. Juan Verdaguer. The 2nd Congress of the Pan-American Society of Retina and Showcase (11th Forum GLADAOF) is held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, from May 17 to 20, 2006. Cartagena Hilton Hotel. It is held under the chairmanship of Dr. Francisco J Rodríguez (Colombia) (for the first time, a son of a former GLADAOF president is appointed president of the SPRV). The conference "Founders" is dictated by Dr. Dario Fuenmayor-Rivera and the "GLADAOF" conference is dictated by Dr. Hugo Quiroz-Mercado.3th Congress of the Pan-American Retina and Vitreous Society (12th GLADAOF Forum) was successfully held under the presidency of Dr. J. Fernando Arevalo (Venezuela) on Margarita Island, Venezuela 07-10 May 2008 Margarita Hilton Hotel. International guests: William Freeman MD, Emmett Cunningham MD, Anthony Adamis MD, Cesare Forlini MD, Athanasis Nikolakopoulos MD, Murat Oncel, MD, Ferenc Kuhn, MD PhD and MD David Chow. The Conference of Founders was delivered by Hernando Zegarra MD and the GLADAOF Conference was delivered by Rubens Belfort Jr, MD PhD. The 4th Congress of the Pan-American Retina and Showcase Society (13th GLADAOF Forum) was held under the chairmanship of Dr. José A. Roca (Peru) in Lima, Peru, from July 7 to 10, 2010. JW Marriott Hotel International guests: William Mieler, MD, Tarek Hasan, MD, Dean Elloit, MD and Cesare Forlini, MD. The Conference of Founders was dictated by Felix Sabates MD and the GLADAOF Conference was dictated by J. Fernando Arevalo, MD FACS. Dr. Arevalo became the first president of GLADAOF or SPRV published his talk in a journal indexed in PubMed, you can be downloaded free access at: PMC3090772 / ? Tool = pubmed5th Congress of the Pan-American Retina and Vitreous Society (14th GLADAOF Forum) 2012. Hotel was successfully held under the chairmanship of Dr. Lihteh Wu (Costa Rica) in San Jose, Costa Rica, May 16-19, Intercontinental International guests: Alexander Brucker MD, Pravin Dugel MD, Tarek Hassan MD and Baruch Kuppermann MD. The Conference of the Founders was canceled and the GLADAOF Conference was passed by Francisco J. Rodriguez, MD.6th Congress of the Pan-American Retina and Vitreous Society (15th GLADAOF Forum) was successfully held under the chairmanship of Dr. Maria Berrocal Rico) in San Juan, Puerto Rico from June 11 to 14, 2014. International guests: Stanley Chang MD, Timothy Murray MD, Tarek Hassan MD, Jorge Fortun MD, Audina Berrocal, MD, Borja Corcóstegui, MD, Thomas Albini , MD, Anne-Marie Lobo, MD, RV Paul Chan, MD, Ivana Kim, MD. The Founders' Conference was dictated by Marcos Avila MD and the GLADAOF Conference was dictated by Lihteh Wu MD. The 7th Congress of the Pan-American Retina and Showcase Society (16th GLADAOF Forum) was successfully held under the chairmanship of Dr. Michel E Farah (Brazil) in Natal, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, on April 1-4, 2016. International Guest: Peter Campochiaro MD. The Founders' Conference was dictated by Dr. José A. Roca and the GLADAOF Conference was dictated by Maria Berrocal, MD. In summary, 9 GLADAOF Latin American Forum was held until 2002 and then, since 2004, 7 Congresses of the Pan -American Retina and Showcase: 1st GLADAOF Latin American Forum. Buenos Aires (Argentina) October 24-26, 1984.II GLADAOF Latin American Forum. Belo Horizonte (Brazil) April 18-19, 1986. III GLADAOF Latin American Forum. Caracas (Venezuela) June 23-25, 1988.IV GLADAOF Latin American Forum. Lima (Peru) 4-6 July 1991.V GLADAOF Latin American Forum. Cancun (Mexico) July 16-18, 1992.VI GLADAOF Latin American Forum. Santiago, Chile, 6-8 October 1994.VII Latin American GLADAOF Forum. Bogotá (Colombia) 6-8 June 1996.VIII GLADAOF Latin American Forum. Buenos Aires, Argentina June 6-10, 1999. GLADAOF Latin American Forum. São Paulo (Brazil) May 23-25, 2002.I SPRV Congress (X GLADAOF Forum). Quito, Ecuador, from June 16 to 19, 2004. II Congress of the SPRV (XI Forum of GLADAOF). Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, from May 17 to 20, 2006. III Congress of the SPRV (XII Forum of the GLADAOF). Isla Margarita, Venezuela, from 7 to 10 May 2008. IV Congress of the SPRV (XIII GLADAOF Forum). Lima, Peru, from July 7 to 10, 2010.V Congress of the SPRV (XIV GLADAOF Forum). San Jose, Costa Rica, from May 16 to 19, 2012.VI Congress of the SPRV (15th Forum of the GLADAOF). San Juan, Puerto Rico, from June 11 to 14, 2014.VII Congress of the SPRV (XVI Forum of the GLADAOF). Natal, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, from June 1 to 4, 2016.Next Event: VIII Congress of the SPRV (XVII GLADAOF Forum). Cancun, Mexico, from August 29 to September 1, 2018.