EU-ROP newsletter – 4th edition – November 2022

After a long, warm summer and hopefully some relaxing vacation days for everyone, we would now like to inform you about everything that happened over the last weeks in the EU-ROP registry.

200th patient entered into the EU-ROP database

In the last newsletter sent out in June, we celebrated the 100th patient registered in the database. Since then, the patient numbers in the database have already doubled! On the 5th of November 2022, the 200th patient was entered by Dr. Ognyan Mladenov from Alexandrovska University Hospital in Sofia (Bulgaria).

This significant achievement was only possible because of all participating hospitals! Thank you very much for your ongoing support.


Getting up and running

We are also happy to welcome new centers from all across Europe who have obtained their positive Ethics’ vote and are now about to start entering patients. These centers are:

  • Ludwigs-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany
  • St. Franziskus Hospital in Münster, Germany
  • University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
  • Service d’ophtalmologie in Geneve, Switzerland
  • Hacettepe University Children's Hospital in Ankara, Turkey
  • Ondokuz Mayis University in Samsun, Turkey
  • Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Eye Microsurgery in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Kiev pediatric hospital Ohmatdyt in Kiev, Ukraine

Participating countries – status update

Adding to the happy news, we are now already eight countries from all over Europe, actively entering patients into the database. On top of these eight active countries, we have five more countries in which at least one center has obtained a positive Ethics’ approval. In an additional six countries we are working on the submission to the Ethics’ committees.


EU-ROP presented at several conferences

As announced last time, the EU-ROP project was presented at multiple conferences over the summer months. The biggest trip was to Dubai for the 5th World ROP congress, where EU-ROP was presented as an invited talk. And we received overwhelming feedback from participants.

Also, it was very nice to meet so many project participants at the EPOS conference in Munich only a few weeks ago at the beginning of October.

World Prematurity Day

Last but not least, we would like to bring your attention to the fact that November 17th is World Prematurity Day (WPD)! 

WPD is a day dedicated to the smallest newborns and shall raise awareness to that topic and spread information among the public. If you want to celebrate it and raise attention to this important topic, please feel free to use materials from the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI), the founder of this day:


We would like to thank you all for your interest in the project and your ongoing support!

Andreas Stahl & Johanna Pfeil

European registry on retinopathy of prematurity


Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Stahl, FEBO
University Medical Center Greifswald
Department of Ophthalmology

Dr. Johanna Pfeil
University Medical Center Greifswald
Department of Ophthalmology

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