The International Uveitis Study Group (IUSG) was formed in 1978 by a small number of clinicians who shared a common interest in uveitis. Over the next almost 40 years the group has increased in size to over 100 uveitis specialists from all over the world.

The IUSG comprises researchers and clinicians who are committed to stimulate, encourage, and intensify a converted effort in research and clinical management of uveitis, with the goal of developing new methods for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the blinding complications of uveitis.

The IUSG is a member of the International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies (IFOS); the Executive Body of IFOS is the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO).

Purpose (1986 Constitution)
The purpose of the organisation shall be the advancement of knowledge of uveitis within the framework of ophthalmology.

Present IUSG Officers
President: Janet Davis
Secretary: Philip Murray
Treasurer: Marc de Smet
(Immediate Past President: Manfred Zierhut)

It is with great sadness that we announce the deaths of two IUSG members, Dr Robert Nussenblatt on April 17 and Dr Friederike Mackensen on April 19.

For many decades Bob Nussenblatt, a past President and Secretary of the IUSG, was a leading specialist in the uveitis community with an outstanding expertise in the clinical and basic science aspects of intraocular inflammation. Admired and respected worldwide not only as an exceptional doctor and scientist, but as one of the kindest, humblest and honourable people one could ever meet. He was a leader and innovator; a truly great man and we will all miss him.

We will all remember Friederike’s Mackensen’s great devotion to her patients and her colleagues, her work and her research. She was kindhearted with a strong humanitarian streak, and a wicked sense of humour. She was taken from us far too soon, but in her relatively short career as a clinician-scientist ophthalmologist and uveitis specialist, she gave us so much.

Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.

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The IUSG is a charitable organisation under section 501(c)3 of the US Internal Revenue Service code. The 1023 application and 990 forms for 2013-2015 are available upon request to P. I. Murray, Secretary IUSG,