Meeting Information & Policies and Presenter Guidelines

"Under the authority of the bylaws of the American Society of Retina Specialists and with the approval of the Board of Directors, I herewith proclaim that the 35th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Retina Specialists will convene at the Hynes Convention Center on Friday, August 11 and will continue through Tuesday, August 15."

Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD
President, American Society of Retina Specialists


Disclaimer

The objective of the American Society of Retina Specialists in providing the scientific sessions, optional symposia, discussion groups, educational displays, research reports, films, and product exhibitions is to provide opportunities for the free expression and interchange of ideas and information for educational purposes only.

The American Society of Retina Specialists accepts no responsibility for any opinions, positions, or statements contained or expressed in such material, and such opinions, positions, and statements are not necessarily those of the American Society of Retina Specialists. Information, opinions, positions, or statements as placed on the Internet in the event of a Web cast, do not represent the official opinion of the American Society of Retina Specialists, nor does the American Society of Retina Specialists accept responsibility for any information as broadcast on the World Wide Web in this fashion.

The objective of the videotape presentations as part of the scientific sessions and within the 19th Annual ASRS Film Festival is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information for educational purposes by the videotape viewers. The American Society of Retina Specialists accepts no responsibility for any use or misuse of copyrighted images, narration, or synchronized background music on these videotapes, and these are the express responsibility of the videotape authors.

FDA Status Disclaimer

Some material on recent developments may include information on drug or device applications that are not considered community standard, that reflect indications not included in approved FDA labeling, or that are approved for use only in restricted research settings. This information is provided as education only, so that physicians may be aware of alternative methods of the practice of medicine, and it should not be considered endorsement, promotion, or in any way encouragement to use such applications.

The FDA has stated that it is the responsibility of the physician to determine the FDA status of each drug or device he or she wishes to use in clinical practice, and to use these products with appropriate patient consent, and in compliance with applicable law.

The American Society of Retina Specialists provides the opportunity for material to be presented for educational purposes only. The material represents the approach, ideas, statements, or opinions of the presenter and/or author, not necessarily the only or best method or procedure in every case, nor the position of the American Society of Retina Specialists. The material is not intended to replace the physician's own judgment on, or give specific advice for, case management.

Please note: The American Society of Retina Specialists requires all presenters and/or authors to disclaim any drug or device that is not approved for use by the FDA during any oral presentation and/or on all written materials.

Display and Distribution Policy

The American Society of Retina Specialists has retained the use of the Hynes Convention Center to enable registered members, nonmembers, exhibitors, and guests to participate in the 35th Annual American Society of Retina Specialists Scientific Meeting educational and informational activities. The display or distribution of unapproved information or advertising in or on the location of the 35th Annual American Society of Retina Specialists Scientific Meeting areas, except within exhibition booths, is prohibited. Violation of this policy will result in confiscation and disposal of the material. Individuals who violate this policy may be evicted from the premises.

No-smoking Policy

It is the policy of the American Society of Retina Specialists to prohibit smoking in all meeting and exhibition areas. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Photography and Taping of Exhibits and Program Policy

Attendees wishing to photograph or videotape a technical exhibit must secure permission from the exhibiting company before doing so. The American Society of Retina Specialists holds copyright on scientific material presented at the meeting, after which time the copyright is returned to the author. Therefore, no portion of a scientific program may be photographed, audiotaped or videotaped without the express written consent of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS).

ASRS specifically disclaims any and all claims that may arise out of the use of any technique demonstrated or described in any material by any presenter and/or author, whether such claims are asserted by a physician or any other person.

The ASRS Preferences and Trends Survey Policies and Disclaimer

The Preferences and Trends (PAT) Survey report is provided for educational interest of registrants and guests of the 35th Annual American Society of Retina Specialists Scientific Meeting. The data reported represents the opinions and preferences of the survey respondents alone, and may not represent the complete or collective opinion of the membership, nor does it necessarily represent the opinion of the American Society of Retina Specialists.

All data collected is retrospective opinion data and is not based on any accurate records review by the respondents. No implication of any correct or incorrect response is implied by the survey. Further, the survey does not seek to establish any clinical standard of care. Photography and videotaping of material displayed as part of the PAT Survey is expressly forbidden without the written consent of the American Society of Retina Specialists.

Commercial supporters that would like to obtain PAT Survey data should submit a written request to Jill Blim, executive vice president of the American Society of Retina Specialists. Members who wish to quote or reference any data or comments displayed in the PAT Survey may request reference information and permission from the American Society of Retina Specialists.