Course Dates and Registration

The NIIOS Academy offers different types of training and courses. We have several courses planned:

2021

March 15/16, 2022 – DMEK (Fully booked, postponed November course)

NIIOS Academy organizes hands-on wetlab courses for general ophthalmologists and corneal surgeons who are interested in or have recently begun performing DMEK (Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty). This DMEK for Beginners wetlab instruction course in Rotterdam is scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday to view and learn the DMEK-technique. On Tuesday you’ll join live surgery sessions and become information about the technique. On Wednesday you will learn the preparation of a DMEK graft as well as the surgery (on an artificial anterior chamber or a pig eye). We will provide two human corneas to practice on as well (and a lot of pig and rabbit eyes).
Find practical information and registration here.

2022

April 7/8, 2022 – DMEK

NIIOS Academy organizes hands-on wetlab courses for general ophthalmologists and corneal surgeons who are interested in or have recently begun performing DMEK (Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty). The DMEK for Beginners wetlab instruction course in Rotterdam is scheduled on Thursday and Friday to view and learn the DMEK-technique. On Thursday you’ll join live surgery sessions and get information about the technique. On Friday you will learn the preparation of a DMEK graft as well as the surgery (on an artificial anterior chamber or a pig eye). We will provide two human corneas to practice on as well (and a lot of pig and rabbit eyes).
Find practical information and registration here.

June 16/17, 2022 – DMEK

NIIOS Academy organizes hands-on wetlab courses for general ophthalmologists and corneal surgeons who are interested in or have recently begun performing DMEK (Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty). The DMEK for Beginners wetlab instruction course in Rotterdam is scheduled on Thursday and Friday to view and learn the DMEK-technique. On Thursday you’ll join live surgery sessions and get information about the technique. On Friday you will learn the preparation of a DMEK graft as well as the surgery (on an artificial anterior chamber or a pig eye). We will provide two human corneas to practice on as well (and a lot of pig and rabbit eyes).
Find practical information and registration here.

September 1/2, 2022 – DMEK

NIIOS Academy organizes hands-on wetlab courses for general ophthalmologists and corneal surgeons who are interested in or have recently begun performing DMEK (Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty). The DMEK for Beginners wetlab instruction course in Rotterdam is scheduled on Thursday and Friday to view and learn the DMEK-technique. On Thursday you’ll join live surgery sessions and become information about the technique. On Friday you will learn the preparation of a DMEK graft as well as the surgery (on an artificial anterior chamber or a pig eye). We will provide two human corneas to practice on as well (and a lot of pig and rabbit eyes).
Find practical information and registration here.

November 17/18, 2022 – DMEK

NIIOS Academy organizes hands-on wetlab courses for general ophthalmologists and corneal surgeons who are interested in or have recently begun performing DMEK (Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty). The DMEK for Beginners wetlab instruction course in Rotterdam is scheduled on Thursday and Friday to view and learn the DMEK-technique. On Thursday you’ll join live surgery sessions and become information about the technique. On Friday you will learn the preparation of a DMEK graft as well as the surgery (on an artificial anterior chamber or a pig eye). We will provide two human corneas to practice on as well (and a lot of pig and rabbit eyes).
Find practical information and registration here.

November 10, 2022 – Bowman Layer Transplantation (Advanced Keratoconus)

NIIOS Academy organizes hands-on wetlab courses for general ophthalmologists and corneal surgeons who want to learn more about the latest innovation in treating advanced keratoconus: Bowman layer transplantation. The Advanced Keratoconus / Bowman layer transplantation course is one-day course. In the morning you will be taught how to do the preparation of the graft in the wetlab. This is not as easy as preparing the DMEK graft and it takes longer. In the afternoon you will learn how to do the surgery.
Find practical information and registration here.

Date TBA in 2022/2023 – Advanced DMEK

The Advanced DMEK course is a one-day course that concentrates on complicated eyes, so eyes with tubes, eyes with shallow anterior chambers, hypotonic eyes, DMEK after a failed previous DMEK transplantation etc. We try to plan one live surgery in this course but there will also be videos of difficult surgery. In the afternoon there will be videos with complicated cases (so flushed out grafts, crumbled grafts etc.). There is no wetlab during this course,  since it is very hard to copy difficult cases in a wetlab set-up. We encourage you to bring in your our difficult cases, your disaster stories and videos. Find more information here.

Prices

  • The 2-day DMEK wetlab course costs 3400 euro. Included are the DMEK book, 3 nights at the hotel, lunches during the course and dinner on Thursday evening.
  • The 1-day courses (Advanced DMEK and Bowman Layer Transplantation) cost 1975 euro. Included are 2 nights at the hotel and lunch during the course.
  • If you do both courses, the price is 4960 euro all together (so normally 3400 + 1975 = 5375 euro).