DOG 2021

From AI to stem cell therapy: DOG 2021 online Keynote Lectures

Among the highlights of DOG 2021 online, this year’s keynote lectures will address relevant current issues in ophthalmology, each presented by a renowned expert in the respective field.

Keynote Speaker 2021

Keynote Lecture

Eye to Eye with Al: Opportunities and Pitfalls
Raphael Sznitman (Bern, Schweiz)

In his keynote address “Eye to Eye with Al: Opportunities and Pitfalls”, Professor Raphael Sznitman, MD (Bern), will discuss the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) for ophthalmology. Sznitman, who holds a PhD in computer science, is professor of AI in medical imaging and director of the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research at the University of Bern. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, he has developed successful clinical applications in ophthalmology, some of which are already in use.

Keynote Lecture

The evolution of glaucoma surgery
Keith Barton (London, United Kingdom)

Professor Keith Barton, MD (London), takes a look at the evolution of glaucoma surgery. The glaucoma specialist at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London is a renowned expert in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery and editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Barton is the recipient of numerous awards. His contributions to glaucoma research and surgery include an online glaucoma surgery registry that compiles and evaluates information on surgical outcomes around the globe.


Neue Ansätze für die Limbusstammzelltherapie
Ursula Schlötzer-Schrehardt (Erlangen)
Translation into English
Regulation of the stern cell niche: new approaches for limbal stern cell therapy

This year’s von Graefe Lecture, delivered by biologist Professor Dr. rer. nat. Ursula Schlötzer-Schrehardt (Erlangen), will focus on limbal stem cell therapy. Schlötzer-Schrehardt, a leading expert on cellular, molecular and genetic mechanisms of glaucoma development, works as a teacher and researcher at the Friedrich Alexander University Eye Clinic. A main focus of her work is the characterization of limbal stem cells, which play a crucial role in wound healing processes. In her keynote lecture she will report on current findings in this field.


Kontrastsehen – eine unterschätzte Sehqualität
Michael Bach (Freiburg)
Translation into English
Contrast Sensitivity – an underestimated visual quality

Eye vision researcher Professor Dr. rer. nat. Michael Bach will dedicate this year’s Elfriede Aulhorn Lecture to the significance of contrast vision and explain why this is an often-underestimated visual quality. An expert in functional vision research/electrophysiology, Bach earned his professorship in the field of neurobiophysics and works extensively on optical illusions. Prior to his retirement, Bach worked at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University Medical Center Freiburg. In 2018, the DOG honored him with von Graefe Award for his contributions to ophthalmological research.