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36th Symposium
Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
June 13 - 17, 1998
Last updated December 15, 1998

The XXXVI ISCEV Symposium and 3rd Teaching Course in 1998 was in Bohemia. The venue was Charles University - Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové at the time of the celebrations for 65Oth anniversary of the foundation of the University. 


ISCEV President Message
Organisator's Recollections

Welcome to ISCEV 98!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

we are happy to meet all of you at the 36th ISCEV Symposium. It is a great pleasure for us that ISCEV has come, for the first time, to our country, and we are pleased that you have accepted our invitation to the Symposium at the Charles University - Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Královè.

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We have tried to prepare this Symposium, in keeping with the traditions of ISCEV meetings, as a balanced combination of scientific sessions, electrophysiological equipment exhibition and a social program. This is described in detail on the following pages. The enclosures to this Program Book (included in your participant package) can help you during your stay in Hradec Králové and in Prague and provide some interesting information about places which you will visit.

Since many of you are visiting the Czech Republic for the first time, we will try to introduce you some of the positive characteristics of our country and we hope that you will find this as a pleasant feature of this Symposium. In many activities of the Symposium we use the enthusiastic help of our relatives and colleagues instead of the services of anonymous professional agencies not only to keep costs - and registration fees - down, but also to provide the cordial family atmosphere which is so typical of ISCEV meetings. Please be tolerant if you do not find these efforts fully successful and accept them in the spirit in which they are offered.

On behalf of all organizers, we wish you a satisfying scientific contribution to the 36th ISCEV Symposium and a pleasant experience in Bohemia.

Cordially yours


Miroslav  and  Zuzana Kuba's

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Last minute information

Weather in Hradec Králové
There is rainy and rather cold at a moment (about 15 deg of Celsius). We hope very much in improvement - weather forecast gives this chance.

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    Miroslav Kuba, Zuzana Kubov, C. Barber

Technical assistant:
    Jan Kremlacek

    Lucie Machov

    Frantisek Vit, David Gayer,  Jana Szanyi, Iva Hanusov

Mail address:
Charles University - Faculty of Medicine
Simkova 870
500 01 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

Web page:


    +420-49-5513912  (or  +420-49-5513597)

    +420-49-5816191 Miroslav Kuba
    +420-49-5816487 Lucie Machov
    +420-49-5532478 Zuzana Kubov

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E. Zrenner - University of Tubingen Dept. of Pathophysiology of Vision and Neuro-Ophthalmology Schleichstr. 12, 72076 Tubingen, Germany

- for Europe:
N. Galloway - University Hospital, Queen's Medical Centre, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Nottingham, England

- for Asia and Australia:
E. Adachi - University of Chiba, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Inohana 1-8-1, 280 Chiba-shi, Japan

- for the Americas:
M. Marmor - Stanford University, School of Medicine, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Stanford, CA, USA

Secretary for Europe and Africa & Secret.-General:
C.Barber - Queen's Medical Centre, Medical Physics Dept., Nottingham, England

Secretary for the Americas:
R. Weleber - Casey Eye Inst., Portland, Portland, OR, USA

Secretary for Asia and Australia:
Y Oguchi - 4-36-22 Seta, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158, Japan

Y. Miyake, - Nagoya University School of Medicine, Tsurumai, Cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466, Japan

Editor, Doc. Ophthalmol.:
J.V. Odom - UWV Medical Center, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA

Members at large:
M. Bach - University of Freiburg, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Freiburg, Germany

W. Dawson - JHM Health Center, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Box 100284, Gainesville, Florida 32608, USA

H. Spekreijse - Netherlands Ophthalmic Research Inst., Postbus 12141, 1100 AC Amsterdam,The Netherlands

L. Wu - Shongshan Ophthalmic Center, SUMS, 54 Xianlie Road, Guangzhou, 510060 China

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Prof. Harold Henkes

Prof. Henkes is one of the founders of the ISCEV (previously ISCERG) and the former President of the Society. He took part in the mentioned pre-ISCERG Meeting in Luhacovice in 1959.

Jaroslav Peregrin      Professor of Physiology
Jaromir Sverak          Professor of Ophthalmology

Students of the founder of electroretinography in Czechoslovakia Prof. Vansek, pioneers of the electrophysiology of vision in our country. They are the fathers of the neuro-ophthalmological research and co-operation between Depts. of Physiology and Ophthalmology in Hradec Králové, authors of numerous publications concerning ERG and VEPs. Prof. Peregrin was the initiator of motion related VEPs experiments in our lab in 1987.

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  • Main Symposium Topics
  • Scientific Programme
  • Abstracts preview
  • Presentations
  • Teaching Course
  • Eberhard Dodt Memorial Award
  • ISCEV Grant Programme
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    Main Symposium Topics

    1. Electrophysiological and Related Measures of Motion Detection
    2. Electrophysiology in the Investigation of Acquired Retinal Disorders
      Free papers will also be accepted.
    The official language of the ISCEV 98 is English.
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    Oral Presentations
    Invited ISCEV lectures will be 30 minutes in duration, all other oral presentations will be 15 minutes including discussion.

    Technical facilities: Dual slide projection, Computer data projection (IBM PC and Macintosh). If you plan to use computer data projection, please contact Jan Kremlacek to discuss technical details.

    Poster presentation
    Poster session will be held on Sunday, June 14 at 3.00 p.m. in the building of "NovÈ Adalbertinum" (New Adalbertinum - third floor) in the "VelkÈ nmest" (Old town square) - see the city map No.3. As already formerly announced to authors, poster space of 0.95 m (width) times 1.5 m (height) on white boards will be available. Adhesive labels will be provided for posters installation which starts one hour before the Poster Session. Discussion to odd number posters will be between 3.00 and 4.00 p.m., discussion to even number posters will follow between 4.00 and 5.00 p.m. In the end of the Poster Session a general discussion can continue during a party (a buffet dinner will be served) where also accompanying persons will take part (after their arrival from a trip). Posters should be removed immediately after the Poster Party between 6.30 - 7.00 p.m.

    Clinical Cases Session
    This session will be held in the same lecture hall as the oral presentations with identical technical facilities. This session is a good opportunity for brief presentation of interesting cases and application of visual electrophysiology. Maximum presentation time is five minutes. Those who would like to present a case report, should indicate it in the registration form. The title may also be communicated directly to Michael Marmor (, the Session Chairman.

    Publication of Presentations
    Manuscripts can be published in Documenta Ophthalmologica, subject to the usual review process. They should be prepared according to the instructions to Authors provided in the Journal, and sent directly to the editor, Prof. J.Vernon Odom (Dept. of Ophthalmology, West Virginia University Health Sci. Center, P.O. Box 9193, USA) within one month after Symposium.

    Technical Exhibition
    A technical exhibition will be organised in foyers of the Faculty. Companies interested in exhibiting or advertising should contact the Organising Secretariat.

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     3rd ISCEV "Hands on" Teaching Course

    Course Director
        Richard Weleber
    Course Coordinator
        Klaus Miliczek

    This course will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13, prior to the  ISCEV Symposium. It provides a didactic introduction to the fundamental principles of all the major electrophysiological tests, and also an intensive "hands on" workshop in which participants can personally work with commercial instrumentation. For detailed information see the separate Course brochure.

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    Eberhard Dodt Memorial Award

    This award was established in memory of the life and work of Eberhard Dodt to encourage young scientists in the field of clinical electrophysiology. It will be given to the scientist aged 34 years or younger (on January 1, 1998) who makes the best presentation at the ISCEV Symposium, in the judgement of the Adjudication Panel. The Dodt award carries a $400 honorarium, and $600 traveling fellowship for use at either of next two ISCEV Symposia. Candidates must indicate their eligibility on the abstract form in order to to be considered for the award. The candidate must be the presenting (first) author. Submissions may be either paper or poster, and both will be considered equally by a jury of evaluators and an adjudication panel composed of ISCEV board members. The primary criterion is scientific excellence, although innovation, clinical applicability and quality of presentation will be taken into account.
    All applicants are strongly requested to stay at the Symposium till the very end when the winner will be announced and the award presented.
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    ISCEV Grant Programme

    The purpose of the ISCEV Grant programme is to assist young colleagues who would otherwise be unable to attend ISCEV meetings. The society is particularly interested in encouraging junior investigators and clinicians to enter the field of clinical electrophysiology and join ISCEV, and to foster communications with colleagues who may be affected by economic constraints beyond their control. The grant programme does not expect to provide full support to recipients but instead hopes to provide sufficient assistance, so that recipients will be able to find local funds for the remainder of the meeting costs.


    ISCEV awarded the following travel grants for 1998:
    Olga DEMBINSKA, Canada

    Joanne GREATREX, UK
    Ulf KRETSCHMANN, Germany
    Katja WURZIGER, Germany
    We congratulate to all grant recipients!
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    The deadline for early registration (and the reduced fee) is January 15, 1998. We urge you to register prior to this date to take advantage of the reduced fee, and also to establish priority for the Clinical Case Session.

    The registration form is is available on-line.

    On-site registration will be on Saturday, June 13 from 15.00 till 18.00 p.m. at Reception Desks of your hotel and, in the following days, during the oral sessions at the Faculty of Medicine building.

    Method of Payment
    All fees must be paid in US dollars (except for Czech participants who may pay an equivalent amount in CZK). Payments by Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard are preferable. Also bank transfers (see the bank account in the Registration form) are possible, but these must be free of bank charges for ISCEV. Registration fees must accompany the registration form.
    Fees received
    before January 15, 1998
    after January 15, 1998
    Grant recipient
    Children under 15
    Children under 6
    free of charge
     free of charge

    On site registration

    Saturday, June 13: 1.00 - 6.30 p.m.
    Registration desk opens in the foyer of hotel »ernigov, all other registered participants will get their Symposium packages in Reception of their hotels Sunday, June 14 - Wednesday, June 17: 8.30 - 12.30 a.m.
    Registration desk will be opened at the place of ISCEV Course, Oral sessions and Exhibition - building of the Faculty of Medicine, ("lÈkarsk fakulta UK") äimkova Street 870

    Participants who have not paid the registration fee yet will get their Symposium package only after a payment (Visa, Eurocard/Mastercard, in cash) at the above places.

    In case you need any help, please, contact Mrs. Lucie Machov at the registration desk. Organizing staff is recognizable by the orange color of their badges.

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  • (Locations are indicated on the enclosed map of Hradec Králové.)
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    In Hradec Králové we have taken a block booking of hotel rooms, at special rates, from June 11 (because of pre-ISCEV Course) through to June 17. YOU MUST MAKE YOUR OWN RESERVATION with the hotel of your choice by, at latest, 28 February 1998. After that the rooms are lost. Please print request form (or you can use e-mail possibiliy where it is available) and send the accommodation request directly to the chosen hotel, except for the Botel Cechie, in which instance, send it to the symposium secretariat. When all our allocation of rooms in a hotel is taken we will post a "No vacancy" sign on the web site by the name of the hotel in question. Please check this before making your booking.

    Although the prices look low, be assured that all the accommodations are of good international standard. Low prices (compared with Prague) is one of advantages of having the symposium in our town. Hotels do not ask for a deposit payment in advance (with exception of the hotel Central in Prague); please do not misuse this advantage!! All prices are approximate and are per room (not person!). They include breakfast(s) with the exception of the Botel Cechie.

    Hotel Cernigov - we recommend as first choice
    This is situated in Riegrovo square (1499), which is in the center of the town, conveniently close to the railway station and with the best public transportation services to the symposium venues.
     - Web page:
    (all rooms with shower, WC, telephone, TV/sat., ev. minibar)
    single room, first class        USD 45/night
    double room, first class        USD 53/night
    apartement      USD 80/night
    single room, econ. class (+ extra bed)  USD 32/night
    double room, econ. class (+ extra bed)  USD 40/night
    Reservation by Fax: +420-49-32998 or
    Reservation code "ISCEV 98"

    Hotel Alessandria (SNP street 733 - in a newer suburb of the town)
    Web page:
    single room with shower USD 31/night
    double room with bath   USD 46/night
    Reservation by Fax: +420-49-42874 or e-mail:
    Reservation Code "ISCEV 98"

    Botel Cechie
    This is something completely different! A very new botel (opened in 1997), made from a boat constructed for the last leader of East Germany (Erich Honecker), who did not use it very much due to circumstances beyond his control. It is moored on the River Elbe within close walking distance of the symposium site. The place for younger participants! The rooms are rather small (it is a boat, after all!), but all have shower, WC, TV. The price (per room) does not include breakfast, but this is available for around USD 3.-.
    double room on the lower deck   USD 25/night
    double room (larger) on the upper deck  USD 38/night
    Reservation via organisers - Mrs. Lucie Machov

    Accommodation in Prague

  • (Locations are indicated on the enclosed map of Prague.)
  • (for an optional post-symposium stay, but you will need at least one night's accommodation if you plan on attending the Closing Ceremony). Again we have taken a block booking at special rates, this time from 17 till 21 June (Sunday). Again you must make your own reservation by February 28. All prices are approximate and are per room including breakfast.

    Renaissance Prague Hotel (V Celnici 7, Prague 1)
    double room     USD 185/night (single occupancy USD 20 less)
    Junior Suite     USD 328/night
    Reservation by Fax: +420-2-21822333
    Reservation Code "ISCEV 98"

    Hotel Adria (Wenceslas square 26, Prague 1)
    double room     USD 165/night
    Reservation by Fax: +420-2-21081201
    Reservation Code "ISCEV 98"

    Hotel Meteor Plaza (Hybernsk 6, Prague 1)
    single room     USD 125/night
    double room     USD 140/night
    Reservation by Fax: +420-2-24213005
    Reservation Code "ISCEV 98"

    Hotel Axa (Na Porc 40, Prague 1)
    single room     USD 75/night
    Reservation by Fax: +420-2-2322172
    Reservation Code "ISCEV 98"

    Hotel Central (Rybn 8, Prague 1 - closest to the Carolinum!!)
    double room     USD 90/night
    Reservation by Fax: +420-2-2328404
    Reservation Code "ISCEV 98"

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    The closest international airport is Prague international airport (about 15 km from the center of Prague). There will be several "ISCEV buses" to meet and transport Symposium and Course participants. These will take you directly from the airport to your hotel in Hradec Králové. Departures of ISCEV buses (from the parking place in front of the airport arrival hall):
    June 11 (Thursday) - 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.
    June 12 (Friday) - 4.00 p.m.
    June 13 (Saturday) - 11.00 a.m., 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.

    If you are not able to use our bus service from the airport (because you are arriving at a different time, for example), then the best way to reach Hradec Králové is to order, through us (Fax or E-mail to Lucie Machov), a private hire car (not taxi) with a driver who will wait at your specified arrival time with a notice bearing your name. This will cost a maximum of 2,200.-CZK (about USD 69). This is less than you can pay to go by Prague taxi from the airport to the Prague bus station!!

    You can rent a car at the Prague airport but it is expensive, about double what you would pay in the USA. Also, please bear in mind that your journey back from Hradec Králové to Prague is provided in the symposium.

    You can also take a train from the Prague main railway station (HLAVNI NADRAZI) or a bus from the Prague bus station FLORENC. If you do not want to undergo an adventure with Prague taxi drivers (we believe that their charging of foreign visitors is already known throughout the world), there is the following municipal transport from the airport to the railway station and bus station in Prague. You can take bus No 119 (its stop is in front of the airport and you either need to buy a ticket already in the airport hall or to have Czech coins to buy a ticket for 12,-CZK in a automatic machine at the bus stop) that takes you to the station of underground (METRO) line A called "Dejvicka" (last stop of the bus No. 119). Take this line up to the crossing with line C (the crossing is called "Muzeum") and change to line C in direction "Florenc". The first stop in this direction is "HLAVNI NADRAZI" (Main railway station) and the second one is bus station FLORENC. When you get off on the station FLORENC, take the first turn right (designated "AutobusovÈ ndraz - odjezdy autobusu") and you will come directly to the bus-station platforms. At this bus station you have to go to the platform No.14 from which maximum buses are going to Hradec Králové (in working days in about 30 minutes intervals up to about 7.15 p.m.)
    Departures of direct trains from "HLAVNI NADRAZI": 7.18 a.m., 12.19, 3.19 p.m., 4.23 p.m., 6.42 p.m. and 8.49 p.m.

    It takes about 1.50 hour both by a train or bus to Hradec Králové. The railway and bus station in Hradec Králové is right in the center of the town, opposite to the Hotel Cernigov.

    If you come by car to Hradec Králové, it will be possible to park at the hotels and the Faculty building.

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    Entry formalities
    No visas are required for visitors from most countries, but please check with the Czech embassy in your country in case of doubt.

    Telephone, Fax, E-mail facilities and Messages
    Nearby the registration desk a "Communication center" for Symposium participants is available (Telephone, Fax, E-mail). Urgent messages for participants should be sent to the Fax No.: +420-49-5513912 (5513597) or to the E-mail address:

    Currency exchange
    In working hours exchange of any convertible currency is possible in all banks in the center of the town, 24 hours exchange service is provided in hotels »ernigov and Alessandria and automatic banker machines are available at nearby banks for major card systems. Credit cards are accepted at larger stores and restaurants.

    The weather in June is usually pleasantly warm, but there can be cloudy and rainy periods (the temperature can vary in a wide range from about 15 to 30(infinity) C), so please be prepared for almost any kind of weather (except snow)! Accompanying persons may find a swim-suit useful.

    In two occasions a formal dress is expected - for the Gala Dinner and the Closing Ceremony in Prague Carolinum.

    City Transportation
    ISCEV 98 badges will serve as free tickets for municipal transportation during the Symposium. You can orient yourself in the lines of buses and trolleys using the enclosed City map. To reach the Faculty of Medicine (ISCEV Course, Oral sessions, Exhibition), you can take buses or trolleys No. 3,5,6,7,12 from the hotel »ernigov (4th Bus stop - "Okresn ad") and No. 5,6,12 from the hotel Alessandria (3rd Bus stop - "Okresn ad").
    At the end of each social program event, there will be ISCEV bus available (mainly for older participants) which will take you to your hotels. If there is demand, this bus will circulate several times (at about 20 min. intervals) to serve everybody.

    Transportation to Closing Ceremony in Prague Carolinum
    ISCEV Buses will collect you from hotels in Hradec Králové on Wednesday, June 17 at 2.00 p.m. and will transport you to your hotels in Prague. From all hotels in Prague, Carolinum is within walking distance (see Map of Prague). During your stay in Prague, you can use the Prague Guide (including a map of downtown) which is enclosed with your Symposium package.

    Lunch will be served every day in the Adalbertinum building, below the old town - see the city map. (Please, do not confuse it with "Nove Adalbertinum" in the Old town square, where the Poster Session will be held). The time for lunch is 12.30 - 2.00 p.m. on Sunday and Tuesday, 12.30 - 1.30 p.m. on Monday and 12.00 - 1.00 p.m. on Wednesday. During the two trips, accompanying persons will have lunch on a way.
    Vegetarians are requested to register at the registration desk as soon as possible (they will get a special card) so that the necessary number of vegetarian meals could be prepared.
    For lunches, as well as for all Symposium social program, the badges will enable you to participate. Therefore, please, keep them visible for the whole time.

    Coffee breaks
    45 minute-long coffee breaks are planned to provide enough time not only for refreshment but also to visit the exhibits of electrophysiological equipment. Coffee, tea, mineral water, juice, cakes and fruit will be provided in front of the lecture hall as well as in the exhibition area on the second floor. We ask you not to make lines in front of the lecture hall but kindly to use also the cafeteria on the second floor, which also has space to sit down.

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    Dear vegetarian colleagues,
    for your convenience, we would like to ask you to register at the registration desk as soon as possible so that a needed number of vegetarian meals could be prepared for you. You will get a special "vegetarian identity card" (otherwise your envious colleagues could take your meals when they will see it).

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    About Hradec Královè

    The historical and cultural centre of East Bohemia, Hradec Králové was founded in 1225 as a royal town.
    It is situated at the confluence of the rivers Labe (Elbe) and Orlice (Eagle). Nowadays, it is a university town of about 100,000 inhabitants.
    Hradec Králové is approx. 100 km east of Prague; easily accessible by bus, car or rail. (See a map)

    Brief Czech history summarised by M.Kuba


    We wish to thank the following for their contribution to the success of this Symposium:


    WWW Contact Person Jan Kremlacek