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June 2017
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

In Remembrance: Prof. Akira Nakajima

Prof. Akira Nakajima (center) with past ICO presidents Dr. G.O.H. Prof. Akira Nakajima (center) with past ICO presidents Dr. G.O.H. "Fritz" Naumann (left) and Dr. Bruce Spivey (right).

It is with sadness that we share the passing of Past ICO President Prof. Akira Nakajima, who died on June 16 at the age of 93. “He was immensely wise and patient,” says Current ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor, who worked with Prof Nakajima for many years. “His contributions over time to ophthalmology cannot be overestimated.”

Specializing in genetics, refraction, and cornea, Prof. Nakajima became a Professor at Juntendo University in Tokyo, Japan, at the age of 38, where he created a strong department. “Akira was an outstanding national and international figure in ophthalmology, and he made enormous contributions in teaching, research, and clinical practice,” says Dr. Peter Wiedemann, ICO Treasurer.

Prof. Nakajima began a reorganization and elevation of the ICO during his tenure as President (1990–1998), and he continued this service as an Honorary Life Member of the ICO Board. “Akira was an intense worker, inveterate traveler, and a kind individual,” says ICO Immediate Past President Dr. Bruce Spivey.

He was President of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) from 1972 to 1976 and President of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis from 1988 to 1990. In acknowledgment of his contributions to ophthalmology, the ICO presented Prof. Nakajima with the Gonin Medal for outstanding work and research in 1986, and he received the José Rizal Medal from the APAO in 1987.

Please send tributes to Prof. Nakajima to news@icoph.org.

SOE Congress Awards and Honors

The ICO participated in five educational sessions at the June 2017 European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and hosted receptions for ICO Member societies, ICO Examinations and Fellowships, and the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG).

At the SOE Opening Ceremony, awards and honors were presented to the following individuals:

  • Charamis Medal: Keith Barton, MD, FRCP, FRCS, FRCOphth
    Given by the Hellenic Ophthalmological Society to a European ophthalmologist for greatest achievement in the field of ophthalmic surgery
  • Henkes Medal: Bo Philipson, MD
    Presented by the Harold Henkes Foundation for great achievement in leadership in the field of ophthalmology
  • ICO Mark Tso Golden Apple Award: Wagih Aclimandos, FRCS, FRCOphth, FEBO
    Presented by the ICO every other year in each of the four supranational regions to an ophthalmologist doing outstanding work in the region.

Register Now for WOC2018 in Barcelona

Join us June 16–19, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain, at the Fira Gran Via Conference Center for the 36th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology, with over 15,000 delegates expected to attend from over 130 countries.

Interested in presenting an abstract? The abstract submission website opens on August 21, 2017, and the abstract submission deadline is December 1, 2017. Download the abstract guidelines, “WOC2018 Call for Abstracts.” 

Register now to attend the longest continuous international medical meeting, with:

  • A scientific program of over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology
  • The opportunity to network with recognized international leaders and professionals
  • An exhibition featuring the latest products and services in the field.

Revenues from the WOC help support ICO programs, including ophthalmic education, society and leadership development, and advocacy.

Re a Le Amogela! We Welcome You to WOC2020!

Kgaogelo “Eddie” Legodi, MD<br>WOC2020 President Kgaogelo “Eddie” Legodi, MD
WOC2020 President

We invite you to the June 26–29, 2020, World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2020) of the International Council of Ophthalmology in Cape Town, South Africa. WOC2020––hosted by the Ophthalmologic Society of South Africa––marks the first time the WOC will be held in Sub-Saharan Africa.

WOC2020 is expected to host more than 12,000 delegates from countries across the globe, with innovative events aligned with VISION 2020’s mission to eliminate avoidable blindness. What better time to bring attention to Sub-Saharan Africa and the challenges it faces than 2020? What better place than Cape Town to share the latest research, introduce new technologies, and open up a world of educational resources?

We know WOC2020 will enrich your mind, but we expect it will also capture your heart. Mark your calendars now to attend this historic Congress. Learn more and signup to receive updates at: woc2020.icoph.org.

David E I Pyott Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology Scholarship Application Deadline is July 28

David Pyott MDhc<br>President, ICOFoundation David Pyott MDhc
President, ICOFoundation

Six scholarships for online distance learning of Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology are available for students from Africa, South Asia, Caribbean Islands, Pacific Islands, and Central and South America.

Scholarships are awarded to students who are accepted for admission to the online distance learning Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Edinburgh. Applications are due July 28, 2017, with applicants notified of the outcome by September 30, 2017.

Scholarships cover tuition, as well as provide access to a broadband facility and laptop. Funding is provided by the David E I Pyott Foundation. Learn more about the Master of Surgery Program in Clinical Ophthalmology.

Deadline to Apply for ICO Advanced Exam is July 31

Prof. Simon Keightley<br>ICO Director for Examinations Prof. Simon Keightley
ICO Director for Examinations

Apply now to sit for the ICO Advanced Examination on October 26, 2017. The application deadline is July 31.

The Advanced ICO Examination is offered to ophthalmologists who have passed all three parts of the ICO Standard Examination or an examination of similar standard. Passing the ICO Advanced Examination, along with a qualifying local face-to-face examination, entitles the successful candidate to use the post-nominal acronym FICO (Fellow of the ICO).

Go to: www.icoph.org/refocusing_education/examinations.html for more information and to download an application form.

ICO Sessions and Reception at the PAAO Congress

While in Lima, Peru, for the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Congress, August 9–12, 2017, join the ICO for an educational session, symposia, and a reception.  

  • Session for Educators
    Wednesday, August 9; 8:00–10:00, Ichmal 1 & 2; SMP192
    “Estrategias innovadoras en la evaluación de residents,” coordinated by Dr. Eduardo Mayorga, will be presented in Spanish without translation. Participants must be PAAO Congress registrants to participate. 
  • ICO and Joint Symposia
    Friday, August 11; 8:00–10:00, Huallamarca; SMP221
    “ICO International Guidelines: Glaucoma and Diabetic Eye Care” will provide an overview of ICO guidelines that offer international consensus on the proper screening, assessment, and treatment of glaucoma and diabetic eye disease. The session is coordinated by Dr. Neeru Gupta, ICO Vice President.

    Friday, August 11; 14:00–15:30, Huallamarca; SMP163
    “Safety in the Clinic and Operating Room” will explore American Academy of Ophthalmology, World Health Organization, and ICO global patient safety initiatives. The joint session is chaired by Drs. Richard Abbott, Neeru Gupta, and Ana Luisa Hofling-Lima.

    Saturday, August 12; 8:00–10:00, Pachacamac; SMP261
    “ICO Exams and Fellowships” presented by Dr. Luis Amaya, Section Leader, ICO Clinical Sciences; Dr. Berthold Seitz, ICO Fellowships Director; and Cordula Gabel-Obermaier, ICO Fellowships Executive. 

  • ICO Reception
    Thursday, August 10; 18:30-20:00; Westin Lima Hotel and Convention Center; Room: Limatambo 1

    The ICO will be hosting a casual reception for ICO Member society leaders; ICO Examinations and Fellowships alumni and hosts; and educators involved with or interested in the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group. Join the festivities and RSVP for the ICO Reception

  • ICO Booth
    Be sure to visit the ICO at Booth #A-11 when you are in the Lima Convention Center Exhibition Hall.

Sign up for updates on the ICO offerings at PAAO 2017.

Canadian Ophthalmological Society Launches
See the Possibilities Campaign

The Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) recently launched its first public awareness campaign, See the Possibilities / Voir les Possibilités, in honor of National Vision Health Month.

The COS initiated the campaign after identifying a need to improve public, government, health care professional, and stakeholder awareness of the unique skills and training of ophthalmologists. The goal of the three-year campaign is to help educate Canadians about the important role of ophthalmologists as medical and surgical leaders in eye health care.

Told through the voices of Canadian patients who share inspiring stories about their sight restoration, See the Possibilities / Voir les Possibilités demonstrates the transformative effect ophthalmologists have on the lives of their patients.

Videos and patient experiences will be presented online, on social media, and through traditional media outreach. To learn more about the COS campaign, visit: www.seethepossibilities.ca or www.voirlespossibilites.ca.

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