Abstract # P-105 Forms of Optic Opacification Leading to Explantation of the MemoryLens Designs

Werner, Liliana
Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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About the Presenter:
Liliana Werner, MD, PhD
A native of Brazil, Dr. Liliana Werner did her undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Medicine of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, where she graduated in 1989. She subsequently served her residency in Ophthalmology at the Eye Clinic of the Felício Rocho Hospital, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. In 1992, Dr. Werner moved to France where she completed two post-residency programs at the University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie) and the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Paris, "Assistant-Étranger” (1992-1993) and "Attestation de Formation Spécialisée Approfondie" – AFSA (1993-1994). In 1995 she started a PhD program at the University of Paris V (René Descartes). During the four years of this program, she worked with materials for the manufacture of intraocular lenses for cataract surgery, surface treatments and intraocular lens designs.
Dr. Werner was accepted to work at the Center for Research on Ocular Therapeutics and Biodevices, at the Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC, USA starting in January 1999. In November 2000 she had already received a faculty appointment at the MUSC with the rank of Assistant Professor. This Center was transferred to Salt Lake City, UT, USA in September 2002, where she currently has an appointment of Associate Professor at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah. She joined in 2001 the very selective International Intra-Ocular Implant Club (IIIC Club), the oldest and most prestigious organization devoted to the science and art of intraocular lens implantation. In May 2003, she received the Achievement Award by her contributions to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In June of the same year, she was selected as a Research to Prevent Blindness Olga Keith Wiess Scholar, with a U$50,000 award for her ongoing research on intraocular lens complications. She has served as a judge of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)/Alcon Annual Video Festival (2005-2006), and as a reviewer for the Cataract Subcommittee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting Program Committee.
Her current research is focused on ophthalmic implantable biodevices in general, especially intraocular lenses for cataract and refractive surgery. The works include research performed on intraocular lenses explanted because of various postoperative complications, and experimental research performed on human eyes obtained post-mortem and animal eyes. These studies led to a better understanding of mechanisms involved in specific intraocular lens-related complications, as well as modifications of intraocular lens designs and surgical techniques used for their implantation. She has authored more than 180 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on the subject, and received various prizes for presentations, posters, and videos in international meetings. She has co-edited an International Ophthalmology Clinics issue (Werner L, Apple DJ, Editors. Complications of Aphakic and Refractive Intraocular Lenses. International Ophthalmology Clinics, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2001; 41:3), and a textbook of Phacoemulsification: Principles and Techniques (Buratto L, Werner L, Zanini M, Apple DJ, Editors. Phacoemulsification: Principles and Techniques, Second Edition. Slack Inc., Thorofare, NJ, USA, 2003).
Dr. Werner is currently member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery and of the EyeWorld magazine, member of the Continuing Medical Education Advisory Committee of the ASCRS, member of the Cataract Subcommittee of the AAO Annual Meeting Program Committee, and a Special Government Employee (SGE) and Consultant to the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She also serves as reviewer for several peer-reviewed Ophthalmology journals. Since August 2006, Dr. Werner joined the Berlin Eye Research Institute (BERI), in Berlin, Germany as the Director of Preclinical Research in a part-time basis. She expects that the works performed at this institute will greatly contribute to the knowledge on the biocompatibility and complications of implantable ophthalmic devices that have not yet been represented in previous related studies.
Werner, Liliana; Mamalis, Nick; Tetz, Manfred R.

John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Berlin Eye Research Institute
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