NIIOS Education - Wetlab Instruction Courses

Advanced keratoplasty wetlab instruction courses organized by the NIIOS focus on

   Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty by manual dissection (DALK
    Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty by
visco-dissection (DALK
  Descemet Stripping
Endothelial Keratoplasty
  Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK

Course Directors

Gerrit R.J. Melles, MD PhD
Jacqueline van der Wees, PhD
Jessica Lie, PhD
Lisanne Ham, PhD

Course Description

The NIIOS organizes wetlab instruction courses at regular time intervals. Each course consists of a two-day program scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday. At the first day (Tuesday), participants are invited to observe various live-surgeries in patients, and at the second day (Wednesday), participants receive a hands-on training in lamellar keratoplasty techniques in a wetlab set-up.  It is anticipated that participants

  • become familiair with the indications, results, complications and aftercare of the various surgical techniques for anterior and posterior lamellar keratoplasty and in particular DMEK;
  • become familiar with the various methods for surgical preparation and preservation of donor corneal tissue used for DMEK;
  • achieve a basic training in DMEK in porcine eyes;
  • observe 3-4 live-surgeries to become familiar with relevant clinical protocols for DMEK.

If desired, it is possible to receive extra information about DALK and DSEK. 

The educational level of the wetlab instruction courses is advanced. To apply, please download Wetlab Application Form Wetlab Application Form or fill out the on-line form below.

Please note: Course fees are used entirely to cover the organizational costs of the wetlabs and to sponsor the R&D activities at the NIIOS, that lacks university grant support.
The course fee has to be paid one month before the start of the course. After payment your course participation is assured. Starting from 3 weeks before the course cancellation fees apply.

Course payments please to:

NIIOS Education
The Netherlands
ABN AMRO account no.
Chamber of Commerce Rotterdam no: 

Course schedule


  • 08.30: Pick-up at hotel
  • 09.00: Welcome and introduction
  • 09.30: Surgical session I
  • 11.00: Scientific presentation
  • 11.30: Surgical session II
  • 13.00: Scientific presentation
  • 13.30: Surgical session III
  • 15.00: Scientific presentation
  • 15.30: Surgical session IV
  • 17.00: Discussion
  • 17.30: Departure to restaurant for dinner
  • 20.00: Departure to hotel & end


  • 08.45: Postoperative patient examinations
  • 09.00: Scientific presentation
  • 09.15: Wet lab
  • 10.30: Coffee break
  • 10.45: Wet lab
  • 12.00: Postoperative patient demonstration
  • 12.30: Lunch & interviews
  • 13.00: Scientific presentation
  • 13.15: Wet lab
  • 15.00: Tea break
  • 15.15: Wet lab
  • 17.00: Discussion
  • 17.30: Departure to hotel & end

On-line Advanced Keratoplasty Wetlab Course Application Form

Please check the appropriate boxes, fill in the form, and submit the form by pressing the SUBMIT button below. You will receive a confirmation of your application by e-mail.

There are still 2 places left on the course of May 20/21.

I want to attend:

Wetlab Course on DMEK, April 15th / 16th, 2014
Wetlab Course on DMEK, May 20th / 21st, 2014
Wetlab Course on DMEK, June 17th / 18th, 2014
Wetlab Course on DMEK, September 9th / 10th, 2014
Wetlab Course on DMEK, October 7th / 8th, 2014
Wetlab Course on DMEK, November 18th / 19th, 2014

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The Wetlab Courses of September, October and November 2014 have been credited with 12 CME credits.