Paolo Lanzetta is professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Udine, Italy, and founder and scientific director of the European Institute of Ocular Microsurgery (IEMO), Udine, Italy. His main areas of activity are laser applications in ophthalmology; diagnosis and treatment of vitreous, retinal and macular diseases; and cataract surgery. Professor Lanzetta is actively involved in retinal research and is currently an investigator in many international, multicentre clinical trials on photodynamic therapy, anti-angiogenic agents as well as newer drugs and drug delivery systems.

With surgical experience in anterior and posterior segment procedures and laser treatments, Professor Lanzetta has given over 350 presentations at national and international meetings. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the Macula Society. As well as publishing over 170 original articles, Professor Lanzetta is a scientific reviewer for many journals and serves on the editorial board of the European Journal of Ophthalmology.