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July 2016
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

Attend Conference for Educators at 2016 AAO Annual Meeting

Gain tangible, valuable teaching skills that you can apply immediately by attending the ICO-AAO co-sponsored Conference for Educators at the October 15–18, 2016, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting in Chicago:

  • ICO Conference for Ophthalmic Educators: Improving Teaching Effectiveness (SYM04)
    Saturday, October 15, 2016
    2–5:30 p.m.
    Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, S104AB

Covering new topics that have not been previously offered at the AAO, Conference workshops will include: Problem-Based Learning, Tools for Teaching and Assessing Ethics and Professionalism, Teaching Surgical Skills, What is a Good Teacher? Communications Skills and the Problem Patient, and Stimulate Deep Learning: Utilizing Mind Maps for Learning and Performance Support.

Learn more about the October 15 Chicago Conference for Educators. Open to all AAO 2016 registrants.

Additional ICO-AAO Co-Sponsored Educational Events

In addition to the Conference for Educators at the AAO annual meeting, the ICO and AAO are co-sponsoring other courses to help educators build upon their skill sets and have an even greater impact on their students:

  • How to Use Free Technology to Add Interactivity to Face-to-Face Lectures and Presentations (LAB143)
    Monday, October 17, 2016
    Noon–2 p.m.
    Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, N227A

Learn by doing: bring your smartphone, iPad, or laptop to this course and see firsthand how to apply principles, strategies, and techniques of lecture interactivity to your presentations.

  • Presentation Skills: How to Improve the Effectiveness of Lectures (662)
    Tuesday, October 18, 2016
    11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, E353C

Gain specific skills and strategies to make your lectures more engaging, active, and effective.

View the AAO Program, and add the ICO Conference for Educators and other ICO-AAO co-sponsored courses for educators to your AAO meeting Favorite’s list.

ICO World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD)

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Noon–1:45 p.m.
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Jackson Park CD

Known for stimulating lively and thoughtful conversation on a wide-range of intriguing topics, the ICO World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD) has gained an increasingly enthusiastic following.

This year WORLD will focus on how to transform organizations, including ophthalmologic societies and eye care institutions, to better reflect the communities they serve. Which means more women and young people in leadership as well as sensitivity to language and culture.

Make sure to save the date for the 2016 WORLD meeting at the AAO. Detailed information about speakers and topics will be presented in a later issue of ICO Insight.

ICO Leaders Address International Concerns at the AAO

By working in partnership with our colleagues across the globe, major change can be affected in patient safety and increasing access to eye care. Join us at these two thought-provoking symposia presented by the AAO:

  • Safety in the Clinic and OR: Improving Patient Care and Staying Out of Trouble” (SYM07)
    Sunday, October 16, 2016
    12:45–1:45 p.m.
    Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, E350

    Health care errors impact one in every ten patients around the world, and the World Health Organization has identified patient safety as a critical concern.
  • AAO Global Forum: Increased Access to Eye Care Through Technology, People, and Partnerships (SYM27)
    Monday, October 17, 2016
    8:30–11 a.m.
    Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, S101AB

    ICO President Dr. Hugh Taylor joins other leaders in the field to discuss creative use of technologies and partnerships and the importance of leadership in resource-poor countries to increase access to eye care.

2018 World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona

The inviting call of Barcelona, Spain, is growing ever stronger. Registration for the XXXVI World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology, June 16–19, 2018, opens next month, as does the opportunity to book your preferred hotel.

Sign up now for WOC2018 information and to be notified when registration opens by going to: Make sure to also follow the WOC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

WOC2018 is hosted by the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology (Sociedad Española de Oftalmología–SEO). The European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) and the Spanish Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (SECOIR) will be WOC2018 co-hosts, in conjunction with the Catalan Society of Ophthalmology and Barraquer Institute. Rafael I. Barraquer, MD, PhD, is President of WOC2018.

New ICO Fellowships in Retinoblastoma; Pathology, Oncology, and Microbiology

Young ophthalmologists have the opportunity to participate in two exciting new ICO Fellowships that will improve their practical skills and broaden their knowledge in ophthalmology––the application deadline for these and other ICO Fellowships is September 30, 2016.

Information about these ICO Fellowships, as well as all other ICO Three-Month Fellowships and One-Year Fellowships can be found at:

ICOFoundation Welcomes New Board Members

David Pyott <br> ICOFoundation President David Pyott
ICOFoundation President

The ICOFoundation is pleased to welcome three new Board members:

  • Michael F. Ball, CEO, Alcon Inc.
  • Thomas G. Frinzi, President, Abbott Medical Optics and Senior Vice President, Abbott
  • William Feury, Chief Commercial Officer, Allergan Plc.

These new members will be valuable contributors to the ICOFoundation’s mandate to raise support for the programs of the ICO, such as the ICO Teaching the Teachers Initiative, ICO Fellowships Program, the Magrabi-ICO Cameroon Eye Institute, and other ICO programming that enhances ophthalmologic education and eye health.

Financial contributions come from corporate supporters, organizations, foundations, and individuals living in regions around the globe. Donors can designate their support to the programs they care about most deeply or ask that their funds be directed to the areas where they are needed most.

To learn more about how you can become involved and past supporters, visit

In Remembrance: Professor Kazuichi Konyama

Professor Kazuichi Konyama <br> 1928–2016 Professor Kazuichi Konyama

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Professor Kazuichi Konyama, an internationally respected pioneer in the prevention of blindness. Professor Konyama passed away peacefully on June 21, 2016.

“Professor Konyama’s leadership and vision, coupled with his quiet mentorship and encouragement, set him apart,” says ICO President Hugh Taylor. “We have lost a great friend and champion for eye care. Though we are all the poorer for his passing, we are richer for having known and learnt from him.”

To see photos and tributes to Professor Konyama, and to add your own, go to:

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