Shortly before its April 2018 annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) appointed Prof. Claus Cursiefen as a Fellow. Prof. Cursiefen is the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University Hospital of Cologne and the Speaker of the German Research Foundation Research Unit FOR 2240 “Angiogenesis, Lymphangiogenesis and Cellular Immunity in Inflammatory Diseases of the Eye”. This honor is extended to only 28 ophthalmologists worldwide, and to only three other Germans. The organization is the largest of its kind in the world, focusing on ophthalmologic research. The appointment as a Fellow honors Prof. Cursiefen’s scientific accomplishments and his commitment to supporting young researchers. ARVO Fellows have shown in their research endeavors that they are committed to the goals of the society on an international level, namely furthering the understanding of the visual system and the prevention, treatment and cure of eye diseases.
In addition, Prof. Cursiefen is set to become the new president of the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG). After the annual meeting of the DOG in October 2018 in Bonn, Prof. Cursiefen will become its president, and will assume responsibility for organizing the annual meeting 2019 in Berlin. Prof. Cursiefen notes that “The DOG, with over 7000 members, is THE scientific ophthalmology society in Germany, and is the oldest of its kind in the world.” Furthermore, “next to our goal of actively promoting ophthalmologic research, we also want to recruit motivated young researchers. Ophthalmology is a very successful field: we can help patients a lot, but we also have a lot of unsolved problems to be tackled by research. We need to get more young doctors excited about this dynamic and attractive specialty.”
[This news items is based on two German language articles: https://www.uk-koeln.de/uniklinik-koeln/aktuelles/detailansicht/prof-cursiefen-neuer-arvo-fellow/ and https://augenklinik.uk-koeln.de/informationen/aktuelles/detailansicht/prof-cursiefen-in-dog-vorstand-berufen/]