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July 2018
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

146 Countries Work to Advance Eye Health at WOC2018

The International Council of Ophthalmology would like to thank everyone who traveled to Barcelona, Spain to take part in our World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018).

We welcomed 8,000 ophthalmologists from 146 countries who participated in more than 350 educational sessions, covering all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology. The scientific program was organized by Scientific Program Chair Dr. Clement C.Y. Tham and made possible through the invaluable contributions of the Scientific Program Committee and Coordinators, Chairs, and speakers.

Thank you to the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology for hosting WOC2018, and the European Society of Ophthalmology and Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery for co-hosting the Congress in partnership with the Catalan Society of Ophthalmology and the Barraquer Institute.

View photos from WOC2018.

Global Agreement Reached on the Ethical Use of Human Eye Tissue

The Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations signed a framework for ethical use of human eye tissue at WOC2018. The Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations signed a framework for ethical use of human eye tissue at WOC2018.

A landmark accord on the ethical use of human eye tissue was signed at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress in Spain. The Barcelona Principles outline the ethical use of donated human tissue for ocular transplantation, research, and future technologies.

Developed in coordination with 102 individuals representing 89 nations, the Barcelona Principles encompass consent, donation, and equitable allocation of ocular tissue. It is intended to build eye-banking services and meet the needs of millions of people requiring corneal surgery, without compromising the moral conduct of the donor, the recipient, or the extended community.

A collaboration of Australian eye banking organizations spearheaded creation of this worldwide first, which offers recommendations on areas of ethical ambiguity, such as profitization and supply chains, the global movement of eye tissue, and partnering with colleagues across borders.

WOC2018 Medal Recipients

Prof. Sarah Coupland, flanked by Prof. Hugh Taylor (L) and Dr. Rafael Barraquer (R), receiving the ICO Ophthalmic Pathology Award at the WOC2018 Opening Ceremony. Prof. Sarah Coupland, flanked by Prof. Hugh Taylor (L) and Dr. Rafael Barraquer (R), receiving the ICO Ophthalmic Pathology Award at the WOC2018 Opening Ceremony.

The Opening Ceremony officially marked the beginning of WOC2018 and included welcome remarks from WOC2018 President Dr. Rafael Barraquer, the ICO, and the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology. Attendees enjoyed videos showcasing the wonders of our profession and the history of ophthalmology in Spain.

The Opening Ceremony also celebrated achievements of our colleagues who were honored for their outstanding work: 

  • Gonin Medal: Jean-Jacques DeLaey, MD, PhD (Belgium) 
  • International Duke Elder Medal: Rubens Belfort, Jr., MD, PhD, MBA (Brazil) 
  • ICO Ophthalmic Pathology Award: Sarah Coupland, MBBS, PhD, FRCPath, FARVO, FSB (United Kingdom) 
  • G.O.H Naumann Award for Leadership in Global Eye Care Commission: Abdulaziz AlRajhi, MD (Saudi Arabia) 
  • Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis Bernardo Streiff Medal: Paul Lichter, MD (United States)

Thank you to everyone who joined us in-person for the WOC2018 Opening Ceremony or who watched via the live stream on Facebook. Watch a recorded version of the Opening Ceremony.

African Ophthalmologic Society Summit

Participants of the AOC-ICO Summit Meeting at WOC2018 Participants of the AOC-ICO Summit Meeting at WOC2018

Presidents and leaders of 23 ophthalmologic societies in Sub-Saharan Africa came together at the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC)/ICO Summit on 15 June during WOC2018 to consider how to better serve ophthalmologists and enhance eye health in Africa.

Topics included the needs of the public related to eye health, the needs of ophthalmologists and ophthalmologic societies, and society development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The role of the AOC and objectives for African ophthalmological societies were discussed, as was WOC2020, which will take place 26–29 June 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.

ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship Accepting Applications

Dr. Emilio Torres Netto was the inaugural recipient of the ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship Dr. Emilio Torres Netto was the inaugural recipient of the ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship

The ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship is now open to ophthalmologists worldwide who are under age 40. The one-year, $US 50,000 research fellowship offers applicants the opportunity to continue their research at a chosen university, preferably in a different country than where they currently live.

We are pleased to share that the 2017/18 ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Emilio de Almeida Torres Netto, Brazil, to support his research project, “Factors modulating the biomechanics of corneal tissue.” Watch this short video of Dr. Torres at WOC2018 explaining his research.

Apply for the 2018/19 ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship in cornea, dry eye, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, retina, tumors, and uveitis.

Earn CME Credits after the Congress

WOC2018 was filled with so many opportunities to learn. We are pleased to offer WOC2018 OnDemand which provides access to more than 500 hours of recorded Congress presentations. Watch at your convenience and earn CME credits from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Purchase WOC2018 OnDemand

WOC2018 News Coverage

Throughout all four days of the Congress, EyeWorld provided daily news coverage. To read about the scientific program, cultural events, and interviews with many of the leading ophthalmologists, follow the links below:

Register Now for WOC2020 and Save!

The World Ophthalmology Congress® is the premier international ophthalmic meeting. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us for WOC2020 in Cape Town, South Africa, and WOC2022 in Melbourne Australia.

WOC2020: Cape Town, South Africa
26–29 June 2020

Register now for WOC2020 and receive a greatly reduced rate that is only available through 31 July 2018.

WOC2020 will be hosted by the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA), with the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) and Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) as co-hosts. Kgaogelo “Eddie” Legodi, MD, will serve as President of WOC2020.

WOC2022: Melbourne, Australia
25–28 February 2022

WOC2022 will be hosted by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO). Mark Daniell, MB, BS, FRACS, will be WOC2022 President.

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