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April 2015
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

Earthquake in Nepal

Prof. Hugh Taylor<br>ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor
ICO President

On behalf of the ICO, our thoughts and concerns are with the people of Nepal and everyone who has been impacted by the recent catastrophic earthquake. The ICO is reaching out to friends and colleagues in the region to find out how we can best support recovery efforts, and we will report on what we learn.

See You at the SOE Congress in Vienna, Austria

The European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) will be holding their Congress June 6–9, 2015, at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV), which is located seven minutes from downtown and within walking distance of the Danube and Danube Park. If you are attending the SOE Congress, we hope you will join us for ICO-sponsored events and educational sessions.

The ICO will be presenting a Conference for Ophthalmic Educators at the ACV on Friday, June 5. The Conference will be a day of workshops and discussion for those interested in ophthalmic education. Register now or learn more about the Vienna Conference for Ophthalmic Educators.

Please visit the ICO booth #60 at the SOE Congress to learn more about ICO programs and resources, especially the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) February 5–9 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

For information on the SOE scientific program, go to:

ICO Sessions at the SOE

The ICO will be presenting three sessions at the SOE Congress in Vienna, which we invite you to attend:

  • How to Make Your Eye Care Team Excel (C08)
    Sunday, June 7: 10:15 to 11:45––Hall L1
    This ICO/World Health Organization joint symposium will advise attendees how to build strong and competent eye care teams to increase skills and efficiency.

    Ivo Kocur, MD, MA, MSc, MBA (Switzerland)
    Babar Qureshi, MD, BMBCh, MSc (United Kingdom)
  • The Cutting Edge of Diabetic Eye Care (S46)
    Monday, June 8: 10:15 to 11:45––Hall B
    This ICO symposium will include discussion of new diabetic eye care treatments and highlight the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care, a translatable working document designed to be adapted for local use.

    Peter Gabel, MD, FARVO (Germany)
    Karl Golnik, MD, MEd (United States)
  • Ideas in Global Education (S67)
    Tuesday, June 9: 08:15 to 09:45––Hall K2
    This ICO/SOE/Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) joint symposium will present a vision for education, its relevance to the World Health Organization framework for eye health, and perspectives on how to build future leaders. Practical educational tools to enhance communication, integrate ethics, and assess surgical training will be shared.

    Hugh Taylor, MD, AC (Australia)
    Marko Hawlina, MD, PhD (Slovenia)
    Neeru Gupta, MD, PhD, MBA (Canada)

In addition, the following ICO-related course will be offered:

  • Resident, Faculty, and Program Evaluation: Optimizing Education (C17)
    Monday, June 8: 08:15 to 09:45––Hall L1
    Chaired by ICO Director for Education Karl Golnik, MD, MEd, this course will present principles of
    good assessment practices and provide specific assessment tools.

To see other SOE sessions, go to:

Do Not Delay––the WOC2016 Abstract Submission Deadline is June 1, 2015!

Time is running out. Please submit your abstracts now for consideration by the Scientific Program Committee of the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Congress of Ophthalmology, February 5–9, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Abstracts may be submitted online in English or Spanish at: The deadline for submission is June 1, 2015, and primary authors will be notified if their abstracts have been accepted or denied in July 2015.

The following abstract presentation types will be considered:

  • Free Papers: Presentations of five minutes, followed by three minutes of discussion
  • Posters: Electronic display of the latest research results
  • Videos: Videos 1–5 minutes in length
  • Instruction Courses: Submit a topic and a suggested list of speakers for these 90-minute sessions. In a short synopsis, describe the content of the course, target audience, and educational goals.

Please read the Abstract Submission Instructions at: For detailed information about the Congress and to register, go to:

APAO Awards Ceremony Honorees

At the 30th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Guangzhou, China, April 1–4, the APAO recognized the following ophthalmologists for their exceptional contributions to eye care in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond:

  • Jose Rizal Medal: Hugh Taylor, AC, MD, Australia
  • Jose Rizal International Medal: Michael W. Brennan, MD, USA
  • De Ocampo Lecture Prize: Clement Tham, BM, BCh, FCSHK, FCOphthHK, Hong Kong SAR
  • The Holmes Lecture Prize: Mingguang He, MD, PhD, China
  • Susruta Lecture Prize: Masahiko Usui, MD, PhD, Japan
  • Nakajima Award: Dipika Patel, PhD, MRCOphth, New Zealand
  • Arthur Lim Award: Young Hee Yoon, MD, South Korea  
  • ICO Mark Tso Golden Apple Award: Frank Martin, AM, FRANZCO, Australia

Each award honoree presented a related lecture, and this year marked the first Arthur Lim Award and Lecture in recognition of the late Prof. Arthur Lim, former President and Secretary-General of the Academy. Prof. Lim’s service to the Academy was also recognized at the APAO Opening Ceremony.

Continuing Professional Development Workshop at the APAO Congress

Dr. Helena Filipe <br> Chair, ICO CPD Committee Dr. Helena Filipe
Chair, ICO CPD Committee

During the APAO Congress, Helena Filipe, MD, Chair of the ICO Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee, and Karl Golnik, MD, MEd, ICO Director for Education, co-hosted a luncheon workshop dedicated to CPD, where participants had the opportunity to interact with other society representatives from the region, share local challenges, and discuss strategies and ideas.

The workshop focused on: The Main Steps to Build a Structured CPD/CME Scheme, Challenges and Benefits. Participants created a project diagram to develop a structured CPD/CME framework by prioritizing steps, considering the main actions to fulfill each step, and determining challenges and benefits of such a plan.

The ICO will be holding similar workshops for Member Society CPD Representatives at the June SOE Congress in Vienna and the August

Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Congress in Bogotá, Colombia. For information, contact

ICO Fellowship Alumni Reception for Hosts and Fellows in Guangzhou

Dr. Veit-Peter Gabel <br>ICO Director for Fellowships Dr. Veit-Peter Gabel
ICO Director for Fellowships

ICO Fellows, Hosts, and other attendees shared stories, anecdotes, and experiences at an ICO Fellowship Alumni Reunion held during the APAO Congress in Guangzhou. ICO Director for Fellowships Veit-Peter Gabel, MD, presided over the event, which included a brief welcome and introduction from ICO President Hugh Taylor, AC, MD.

The group heard presentations from Prof. Shoji Kishi, University School of Medicine in Gunma, Japan, about his experiences with hosting ICO Fellows; Dr. Azfar Nafees Hanfi from Karachi, Pakistan, who served a Three Month ICO Fellowship Training in glaucoma at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, USA, under the supervision of Dr. Robert Ritch; and Dr. Yan Yan from Shanghai, China, who served his Three Month ICO Fellowship Training in uveitis at University Eye Hospital in Freiburg, Breisgau, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Ness.

The next application deadline for the ICO Fellowships program is September 30, 2015. For more information on ICO Fellowships, including how to apply, see:

MEACO 2016 Congress

The Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) is pleased to announce its XIII International Congress, which will be held May 4–8, 2016, at the Bahrain International Exhibition Center in Manama, Bahrain.

The MEACO Congress is the largest ophthalmic meeting in the Middle East and Africa regions and will include participation of ophthalmologists and eye care professionals from throughout the world. Details about the Congress will be announced soon.

In their continuing efforts to strengthen ophthalmology and improve eye care in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, MEACO held their 2015 Board Meeting in Dubai in March. The meeting was chaired by Board Chairman HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz A-Saud, with Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Ahmed, MEACO President, presiding.

MEACO is one of four supranational organizations, representing the national and regional ophthalmological societies in Africa and the Middle East, including Turkey and Iran.

African Ophthalmology Council

The African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) met in Durban, South Africa, on March 11, 2015, and held a Board Meeting and their first General Assembly. Actions at the Assembly, which was held prior to the 45th Annual Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa, included listing of goals and recommendations for action, as well as defining of three priorities:

  • Biannual Scientific Congress Organization;
  • Leadership Development Program; and
  • Communication and Advocacy at Supranational Level.
The AOC also presented a Forum on Ophthalmologic Society and Leadership Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The forum, organized in cooperation with the ICO and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, offered a variety of presentations addressing the needs of the public, the role of ophthalmology, and how ophthalmological societies can best serve regional needs.

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