DOG 2022 (English)

Aurel-von-Szily Lecture 2022: Anterior Uveitis in childhood: small patients – great challenges

This year’s Aurel von Szily Medal will be awarded to Professor Bahram Bodaghi (Paris) at the Symposium “Uveitis in children: old questions – new answers” organized by the section DOG-Uveitis.

Pediatric uveitis remains a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis-associated uveitis is certainly among the most frequent etiologies followed by the group of intermediate uveitis. Early diagnosis is mandatory in order to offer early treatment and avoid the main complications. The use of corticosteroids is thus less and less necessary with beneficial consequences on cataract and glaucoma. Biological agents have certainly transformed the visual prognosis of these inflammatory conditions.

Prof. Dr. Bahram Bodaghi, MD, PHD, FEBO

Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at Sorbonne University in Paris, France

He serves as Secretary General of the French Society of Ophthalmology. He chairs the national University Council of Ophthalmology since 2013 and is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs at the University of Paris. He has been elected President of the International Ocular Inflammation Society since 2015.

He serves as Secretary General of the French Society of Ophthalmology. He chairs the national University Council of Ophthalmology since 2013 and is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs at the University of Paris. He has been elected President of the International Ocular Inflammation Society since 2015.

Aurel von Szily worked at the Freiburg University Hospital between 1905 and 1924 and was appointed associate professor in 1913. In 1918, having been deployed to field hospitals during the First World War, he published his Atlas of War Ophthalmology. He was awarded the Baden War Merit Cross and the Iron Cross 2nd Class. In 1924, von Szily accepted the appointment as full professor at the newly established Eye Clinic in Münster and contributed significantly to that institution’s international high reputation. He was honored for his life’s work with the von Graefe Award in 1925.

His animal research on sympathetic ophthalmia, a result of which was his von Szily model, brought Aurel von Szily international renown. He explored and resolved ever new aspects and issues in ophthalmological diagnostics and therapy. His interests ranged from immunological eye diseases to congenital malformations of the eye, the anatomy of the anterior cavity, and the development of lens opacities. He also developed a representation of the draining lacrimal ducts, based on a new technique tested by him as well as a new retinal detachment treatment method.

Having been banned from teaching by the National Socialist regime and dismissed from the university in Münster in 1935, von Szily returned to his hometown Budapest in 1939. His German citizenship was revoked, as was his editorship of the Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde. One of von Szily’s most important works, Comparative Morphogenesis and Morphography of the Papilla Nervi Optici, unfortunately remains unfinished.