NIIOS 20 years anniversary

In 2000 the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery (NIIOS) was established by Dr. Gerrit Melles. We are an independent organization that innovates in ophthalmic surgery and for more than 20 years, NIIOS is dedicated to innovations in corneal surgery. In particular, NIIOS developed and refines techniques to transplant the cornea in conditions such as Fuch’s endothelial dystrophy, keratoconus and bullous keratopathy. These techniques, which have been the foundation of NIIOS, are now increasingly being adopted worldwide. NIIOS consists of four organizations that work closely together and complement each other:

  • NIIOS Research and Development
  • Amnitrans EyeBank Rotterdam
  • Melles Cornea Clinic Rotterdam
  • NIIOS Academy

As we all know, 2020 is a very turbulent year, also for us at NIIOS. However, we would like to continue to develop and innovate. For example, we hosted the first NIIOS Cornea Evening – Live Online broadcasted from Rotterdam. Since our first NIIOS Cornea Evening – Live Online was a big success, we hosted a second NIIOS Cornea Evening – Live Online on the 21st of November 2020! Please take a look at our program and invitation.

We have a new Instagram page for our Cornea Clinic, follow us now (@melleshoornvlieskliniek).

What's happening

NIIOS celebrates with all fellows!

This year has been a very turbulent one, but 2020 is also a special year for NIIOS. We celebrate our 20-year anniversary and the best way to do that is with everyone who was part of the NIIOS family! Since our NIIOS Cornea Evenings switched to Live Online NIIOS Cornea Evenings, we were able to involve our fellows from all over the world!

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Our new Electronic Patient System

The Melles Cornea Clinic has switched to a new innovative and dynamic Healthcare Operating System, called Emma! This is a new Electronic Patient System in which you as a patient can view your own file. The logistical steps regarding your care proceed faster as well. That results in our doctors being able to pay more attention to your care and needs as a patient.

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NIIOS Cornea Evening - Live Online

Since our first NIIOS Cornea Evening – Live Online was a big success, we hosted a second NIIOS Cornea Evening – Live Online on the 21st of November 2020! Despite the different format compared to our previous evenings, we were again honored to have internationally renowned speakers from different institutes worldwide. Updates will follow soon!

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PhD Defences November 17, 2020

We are very proud to announce that our two PhD students are now Dr. Daniele Spinozzi and Dr. Rénuka Birbal. At Leiden University Dr. Spinozzi defended his thesis “Transplantation of cultured corneal cells: Towards clinical application” and Dr. Birbal defended her thesis “Advances in endothelial keratoplasty”. Congratulations to both!

Evaluation of 10-year graft survival

Find out more about Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty: Evaluation of 10-year graft survival and clinical outcomes of the first case series after DMEK.

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COVID-19 update

In our Melles Cornea Clinic we would like to offer optimal, but also responsible care. During these times, we follow the guidelines and restrictions of the government.

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