David BenEzra 

Founding member of IOIS. Past President of IOIS

He finished his residency in Ophthalmology at Hadassah University Hospital in 1976. 

He was also a visiting scientist and a senior clinical staff member at the National Eye Institute during 1976-78 and 1983-84.  1986, he was director of Pediatric Ophthalmology Unit and the Immuno-Ophthalmology and Uveitis Service and Head of Laboratory for Ocular Angiogenesis and Immuno-Ophthalmology at Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel.  David Ben Ezra died unexpectedly in autumn 2008.

March 19, 2016

It is with tremendous sadness that we share with you the departure of our colleague, Dr. Friederike Mackensen of Germany: Dr. Mackensen passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2016, after battling her illness with bravery and dignity.  A brilliant star had fallen from the uveitis and ocular immunology world.

A stellar clinician scientist and a caring physician who has devoted her entire life toward advancing the care for patients with ocular inflammatory diseases, Dr. Mackensen was on the faculty at the University Eye Hospital in Heidelberg and the University Eye Hospital in Mainz and helped to establish a strong collaboration among colleagues in rheumatology and ophthalmology to provide comprehensive care for patients.    Dr. Mackensen focused her research on clinical trials for the diagnosis and medical treatment of uveitis, with emphasis on the genetics of the disease. 

One could never forget the infectious smiles and kind-hearted personality of Dr. Mackensen that were contagious to all her friends and colleagues, drawing everyone to her side whenever she was at a symposium or congress.  Dr. Mackensen always had time and devotion for everyone – her colleagues, and her patients.

Dr. Mackensen was on the journey toward saving vision and establishing new standards in the management of uveitis when it was stopped so abruptly.  All of us and our patients would have benefited so much from her wisdom and talents.

April 17, 2016

It is with our deepest sympathy that we share with you the tragic newsabout one of the giants in ophthalmology, especially in the field of uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases: 

Dr. Robert B. Nussenblatt, who was the Director of the Laboratory of Immunology at the National Eye Institute (USA), passed away from illness on Sunday, April 17, 2016. We have just learned of this painful news yesterday. Brilliant, caring, astute, dedicated … these are the words that all of us could employ with ease to describe Dr. Nussenblatt, who was a distinguished member of the International Ocular Inflammation Society, and who, throughout the years, devoted so much of his career and life toward caring for his patients, teaching the next generation of ophthalmologists and uveitis leaders, and bringing new understanding of the pathogenesis of uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases to all of us. 

We owe so much to Dr. Nussenblatt, a great friend to many if not all of us, and a wonderful colleague who graced our societies and associations, many of which he served with distinctions,  and enlightened us at our symposia and congresses with his friendly smile and innovative ideas. 

The departure of Dr. Nussenblatt was so untimely, as we are still in need of his remarkable skills in our efforts to fight and prevent blindness for patients across the globe. As we remember Dr. Nussenblatt, we will continue on the mission that is one of Dr. Nussenblatt’s greatest legacies: devoting our determinations toward developing new approaches in diagnosing and managing our patients with uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases.

September 10, 2016

Founding member of IOIS- Past President of IOIS and of 2003 IOIS Congress in Padova

It is with much regrets and tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our esteemed Colleague and Friend, Professor Antonio Secchi of Italy.

Professor Secchi was one of the founding members of IOIS; he passed away on September 10, 2016.  A remarkable gentleman, Professor Secchi had contributed so much to our field of ocular inflammation and uveitis.

We are grateful to Professor Jorge Alio of Spain for paying tribute to Professor Secchi in the Obituary that we have attached. Obituary Prof Secchi-1.pdf

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