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Binkhorst Medal Lecture

Sunday 18 September 
10.20 - 10.50

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M.J. Tassignon BELGIUM

Marie-José Tassignon trained as a resident at Brussels University Hospital. She was appointed as staff member in 1981 in the same University Hospital, where she was in charge of the vitreo-retinal department.

She became chief of the department of ophthalmology at Antwerp University Hospital in 1991 and full professor at Antwerp University in 2003.

She is a member of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (2006), of the European Academy of Ophthalmology (2007) and of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium (2010). She is (past) president of several national and international scientific societies: European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, European Board of Ophthalmology, Belgian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Belgian Society of Ophthalmology, Funds for Research in Ophthalmology, and Belgian Society for the Prevention of Blindness.

Marie-José Tassignon is mainly involved in the research of intraocular lens design and invented a novel intraocular lens design with particular implantation technique, aiming primarily at eradicating secondary cataract. The clinical outcome showed that the goal was achieved, motivating her to continue her work by developing a toric version. She is working on an artificial capsule allowing the implantation of her intraocular lens in an eye without capsular support (lasso fixation and bean-shape ring fixation).
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