NIIOS Academy - DMEK 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 2-3 live-surgeries to become familiar with relevant clinical protocols for DMEK.

The educational level of the wetlab instruction courses is advanced.

In the second half of 2016 there will be a DMEK wetlab course especially for course participants who are already advanced in DMEK (experience >30 - 50 cases). The stress of this course will be on challenging cases like DMEK in buphthalmic eyes or in eyes with tubes. The tissue preparation will concentrate on donor tissue preparation in difficult cases. It is also possible to bring in your own difficult cases to discuss. If you have performed more than 30 or more DMEKs, you are most welcome to join this special course.

To apply, please download Wetlab Application Form Wetlab Application Form or fill out the on-line form below. The course fee is 3290 euro. Three nights at the hotel, the DMEK book, dinner on Tuesday evening and lunches during the course are included.

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 or any other financial 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 Academy
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
Financial disclosure: Dr. Melles is a consultant for D.O.R.C. International and for SurgiCube International BV.

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.

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Wetlab Course on DMEK, May 31st / June 1st, 2016
Wetlab Course on DMEK, June 28th / 29th, 2016
Wetlab Course on DMEK, September 6th / 7th, 2016
Wetlab Course on DMEK, October 11th / 12th, 2016
Wetlab Course on DMEK, November 8th / 9th, 2016

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We are pleased to inform you that our applications for European accreditation for the Clinical wetlab courses on Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK)on 02./03.February 2016; on 1./2.March 2016; on 19./20.April 2016; on 31.May/1.June 2016; on 28./29.June 2016; on 11./12.October 2016; and on 8./9.November 2016 were each granted 12 European CME credits (ECMEC) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).