The American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) will host its 39th Annual Scientific Meeting from October 8-12, 2021, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas.

ASRS 2021 serves to showcase novel therapies in development for unmet needs in ophthalmic disease and vision disorders, bringing together entrepreneurs, ophthalmic start-up companies, clinical thought leaders, industry executives and investment professionals to facilitate an exchange of information and connections to drive innovation in the retina, anterior segment, and optometry.

This year’s program, as in years past, features robust and focused anterior segment education. Specific highlights within the program include a keynote speech from Scott Gottlieb, MD, former head of the FDA and an authority on COVID-19;, the Inaugural inaugural Lindstrom Lecture, established to acknowledge Richard Lindstrom, MD;, and several of our other named lectures, including the Binkhorst Lecture, delivered by Richard Lewis, MD;, and the Charles D. Kelman Innovator’s Lecture, delivered by Stephen Slade, MD, which are always insightful presentations honoring deserving individuals.

“Other program features of interest include a government relations symposium with Rep. resentative Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD, and a symposium discussing implicit bias in ophthalmology,” Speares said. “Of course, there is so much more to the program. Our goal is for attendees to bring back pearls and knowledge that they can start using in their practice right away.”

The event will kick off with a welcome reception on PM Friday, October 8 from 7:00-10:00 PM

At a Glance

Saturday, October 9
Sessions will kick off with opening comments from Program Chairwoman Judy Kim at 8 AM.

  • The Diabetic Retinopathy 1 Symposium will be held from 8:05 to 9:30 AM. After a short break, the Diabetic Retinopathy 2 Symposium will be held from 10:10 to 11:55 AM.
  • The afternoon will include a Pharmacology Symposium from 1:10 to 1:50 PM, followed by a Pediatric Retina ROP Symposium from 1:50 to 2:35 PM. The afternoon sessions will conclude with the Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases Symposium from 3:15 to 4:25 PM.
  • The 2020 Awards Ceremony will be held from 4:25 to 5:35 PM and a Scientific Poster Question and Answer Session and Exhibit Hall Reception will be held from 5:35 to 6:35 PM.
  • The FIT & Resident Reception will be held from 6:35 to 7:35 PM.

Sunday, October 10
Opening remarks will be presented by ASRS President Carl C. Awh, MD, at 8 AM, followed by the Complications of Anterior Segment Surgery Symposium from 8:05 to 8:40 AM.

  • Sunday morning sessions also include a Socioeconomic/Practice Management Symposium from 8:40 to 9:35 AM, followed by a COVID-19 Symposium from 9:35 to 10:10 AM.
  • Sessions also include Retina PractiCare 2.0 at 10:50 AM and Health Policy Panel at 10:55 AM.
  • The 2021 Awards Ceremony will kick off at 11:10 AM.
  • Sunday afternoon sessions include PAT Survey and Global Trends at 1:35 PM and the Surgical Techniques and Maneuvers Symposium at 1:50 PM. The Imaging, Digital, Angiography Symposium will be held at 3:45 PM, followed by the WinR Case Conference at 5:15 PM.

Monday, October 11
Sessions kick off with the Wet AMD 1 Symposium at 8 AM

  • Dry AMD Symposium at 10:10 AM.
  • The Wet AMD 2 Symposium will begin at 11:05 AM.
  • A Macular Surgery Symposium will be held at 1:40 PM, with afternoon sessions also including an Ocular Oncology Symposium at 3:25 PM
  • Instrumentation and Devices Symposium at 3:55 PM
  • AMD Panel at 4:25 PM. The ASRS Gala Dinner will be held from 7 to 10 PM.

Tuesday, October 12
Tuesday’s Retinal Detachment Symposium will start at 8 AM

  • Retinal Vascular Disease Symposium at 10:10 AM
  • Late Breakers at 11:15 AM.

View or download full program or visit the ASRS 2021 Annual Meeting Homepage