The MMC revolves around scientific evidence and aims for an integration into clinical practice. The program provides a unique opportunity to experience best-practice techniques and procedures, as well as a high-level platform to discuss difficult patient cases.
Please see the preliminary program and register in the form below.
Timing & Agenda
Dinner at Villa Jelmini
Join us for an unforgettable evening in a gorgeous small town tucked away at the foot of the hills, overlooking Lake Maggiore – only 20 minutes from Hotel Belvedere. Villa Jelmini is situated on the premises of The Matasci winery, a family-run business pioneering in wholesome wine-making especially Merlot. Lose yourself among the sweet hills and aromas of their vineyards, visit the old wine cellar and the modern production cellar with us followed by a delicious dinner in the charming Villa.
Excursion to Cimetta
Optional Activity – Excursion to Cimetta offering the most wonderful panorama of the Swiss Alps followed by a visit of the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso
The mountain region of Cardada Cimetta offers a truly unique view overlooking the entire area of Locarno as well as Switzerland’s two extremes: the lowest point, Lake Maggiore, and the highest one, the Dufour peak located on the Monte Rosa mountain range. The summit is easily accessible from Hotel Belvedere by taking the funicular railway to Orselina, then the cable car to Cardada (1340 m) and finally the chair lift to reach one of most enchanting summits in Locarno: Cimetta (1670 m). Cimetta offers a breathtaking view on the Swiss Alps and a spectacular panoramic view over Lake Maggiore – every moment spent at this magical location will become a treasured memory. We enjoy some coffee at a characteristic restaurant in panoramic position in Cardada then we take the cablecar back to Orselina, where we will visit the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso (monastery of the 15th century). From the monastery there is a direct path back to the hotel. Although only approximately 15-20 minutes of walking is included in the program, appropriate footwear is required.
Francesco Failla MD
Francesco Failla received his medical degree from Geneva University in 1984 and then completed his residency at the Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich Eye Clinics. In 1994 he founded the LaserVis Refractive Surgery Centre in Locarno, Switzerland, where he has his private practice and in 2002 the ArcLaser Refractive Surgery Centre in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. He is Past President of the Swiss Eye Surgery Academy.Dr. Failla’s major clinical interests include refractive, cataract and glaucoma surgery and he is consultant in anterior segment surgery at Clinica Santa Chiara in Locarno, Switzerland and at Clinique Volta in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.He is a regular teacher in Wet-labs and Masterclasses on refractive and cataract surgery with special focus on surgical techniques, as in Premium and phakic IOLs.
Prof. Sathish Srinivasan MD, FRCSEd, FRCOphth, FACS
Dr. Srinivasan is a consultant corneal surgeon and joint Clinical Director at University Hospital Ayr, Scotland. He completed his Ophthalmology residency from Aravind Eye Hospital, India, higher surgical training from St. Paul’s Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital and a two year clinical fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery from the University of Toronto. His interests are in lamellar corneal surgery, micro incision cataract surgery and anterior segment reconstruction. He has published over 85 papers in peer-reviewed journals, has over 60 scientific presentations to his credit in national and international meetings. He is a recipient of the Achievement award and International Scholar award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In 2012 he was awarded the honorary fellowship of the American College of Surgeons and is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Joaquín Fernández Pérez MD, PhD
Dr. Joaquín Fernández, MD is specialized in Ophthalmology and Anterior Segment Surgery: Refractive
Surgery, Presbyopia, Keratoconus, and Cataracts, obtaining his PhD in Physics applied to Sciences and
Technology by the University of Alicante (Spain). Nowadays, he is Medical Director at QVision,
Ophthalmological Unit of Vithas Hospital Group in Almería. He is also in charge of the Ophthalmological
Department at the Torrecárdenas Hospital (Almería) and leads the Keratoconus Department in the East
Andalusian, both in the Health Public System. He is a member of the American Society of Cataract &
Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ESCRS). He has
published in national and international research journals (JRS, JCRS, etc) in addition to his participation in the writing of books related to the speciality. As anterior segment surgeon with a wide experience, he has conducted live surgeries and communications at many national and international ophthalmology congresses.
LOCATIONS & TRANSFERS
Please read the following transfer information carefully.
Inbound transfer: Attendees arriving at Milan Malpensa Airport will be provided by a complimentary group transfer to Locarno in the afternoon of 5th April (Friday) arranged by Medicontur. We would like to encourage you to book your flight with the arrival time to Milan Malpensa Airport no earlier than 16:00pm.
Outbound transfer: We will also organize a transfer service in the morning of 7th April (Sunday) to Milan Malpensa Airport. We will inform you about scheduled transfers in due time.
Zurich Kloten International Airport – There are regular daily flights from/to Zurich International Airport to/from international destinations.
Important note: From Zurich Airport attendees are kindly asked to take either the train till Locarno station or a flight to Lugano. Please kindly note that Medicontur will not arrange transfer service from/to this airport so attendees are responsible for getting to/from the venue by themselves at own cost.
Lugano-Agno Airport – The airport Lugano Agno can be reached via Zurich and Geneva. Travel time from the airport of Lugano Agno to Locarno takes about 40 minutes by car (40 km)
Important note: From Lugano-Agno Airport attendees are kindly asked to make their own transfer arrangements. Please kindly note that Medicontur will not arrange transfer service from/to this airport so attendees are responsible for getting to/from the venue by themselves at own cost.
Numerous international trains arrive in Ticino every hour from the gateways Basel und Zurich. Final destination: Locarno. Via the international St. Gotthard line: Zurich to Locarno is 3 hours. From Zurich International Airport to Locarno train station please visit sbb.ch for suitable timetable. From Milan Malpensa Terminal 1 to Locarno take the Urban train S30 TILO (www.tilo.ch).
Important note: For those guests arriving by train to Locarno Hotel Belvedere providing a complimentary shuttle service between the station of Locarno and the hotel. Should you wish to take advantage of this service please advise the Events Department and we will be happy to make the necessary arrangements.
Locarno is easily accessible by car. The shortest way from the North to the South of the Alps is through the Gotthard road tunnel. A modern and efficient motorway runs through all Ticino (A2). Exit at Bellinzona Sud and take the main road in the direction of Locarno.
We would like to inform you that, as of now, we have closed our online registration system.
With only a few days left before the event we welcome you to get in touch with us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.
With kind regards,
The Events Team
*not included in the package
Registration fee for the event includes the following:
- Group transfer from Milan Malpensa Airport to Hotel Belvedere, Locarno on the afternoon/evening of 5th April, 2019
- Group transfer from Hotel Belvedere to Milan Malpensa Airport on the morning of 7th April, 2019
- Accomodation in Hotel Belvedere Locarno: 5th – 7th April, 2019 / 2 nights with single occupancy
- Breakfast at the Hotel Belvedere (6th – 7th April, 2019)
- Coffee breaks and Lunch during meeting (6th April, 2019)
- Dinner at Villa Jelmini (6th April, 2019)
- Activity on Sunday (7th April, 2019) – Excursion to Cimetta
The following services are not included:
- Flight tickets
- Room upgrades
- Meals on 5th April, 2019 (Friday)
- Please note than in case of sharing your room at Hotel Belvedere, a double occupancy supplement of CHF 60 /night will apply
- Should you wish to bring along your accompanist for the dinner in Villa Jelmini, additional surcharge for the meal will apply. Please contact the Events Department for details.