Dear Colleague!

We are pleased to welcome you to the IV. International Symposium 'Age-related Macular Degeneration' of the German Ophthalmological Society in beautiful Baden-Baden.

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of central visual loss and a leading cause of blindness in older peopole in the developed world. It is encouraging that the pace of research into ARMD is accelerating and that both clinicians and basic scientists of the international vision research community have made tremendous progress with regard to our understanding of the pathogenesis and the development of new treatment strategies. This unique meeting brings together outstanding leaders and innovators as well as young scientists in the field of age-related macular degeneration.

Major insights in recent years have emerged from molecular biological studies on pathophysiological cascades. Major genetic and environmental factors have been identified in complex, multifactorial AMD. Advances in imaging methods have contributed to a better understanding of the disease process and help to monitor treatments. The expansion of basic knowledge has already been transferred to our AMD patients with development of new and emerging therapeutic strategies.

We held three previous stimulating International AMD Symposia in the inspiring and lovely environment of Baden-Baden at the border of the Black Forest in southern Germany. Once again this symposium will be under the auspices of Prof. Alan C. Bird and Prof. Achim Wessing. It is a great pleasure for us to invite clinicians and basic scientists to the
IV. International Symposium
of the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG)
"Age-Related Macular Degeneration"
6th - 8th September 2007 in Baden-Baden, Germany
We look forward to welcoming you in Baden-Baden
Daniel Pauleikhoff M.D.      Frank G. Holz M.D