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May 2011, Volume 8, Number 5
I look forward to welcoming you to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for the 2012 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC), February 16-20.
The deadline for abstract submission is fast approaching. Abstracts must be received by June 1, 2011, midnight in Abu Dhabi. Abstracts may be submitted online at: www.woc2012.org/call_for_papers.html.
This is the first time the WOC will be held in the Middle East and Africa Region, and Abu Dhabi was chosen for its vibrancy, convenience and excellent facilities. I encourage you to join us and register now for WOC 2012 if you have not already.
See you in Abu Dhabi!
– Bruce Spivey, MD, ICO President
The ICO will be participating in the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Joint Congress with the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on June 4–7, 2011.
The ICO will host a symposium at the Congress on Saturday afternoon, June 4, Eye Care in Africa. How Can Europe Help? During the ICO symposium, the Occitane Prize will be presented.
In addition to the ICO presentation, the Congress will offer four Key Note Lecturers:
Finally, please stop by the ICO Booth (#1430) in Geneva to learn the latest about the ICO.
Program information is available at: www.soe2011.org/Symposium/Programme.aspx.
Detailed information about the SOE/AAO Joint Congress is available at: www.soe2011.org/SiteSpecific/SOE2011/StartPage.aspx
– Jean-Jacques De Laey, MD, ICO Secretary General
The ICO started to offer examinations (at first called “Assessments”) in 1995 and more and more ophthalmologists take the exams each year.
This year’s Basic and Clinical Sciences Examinations took place April 7, 2011, at 113 exam centers in 67 countries with 2,010 candidates taking the exams.
The ICO Advanced Examination will be offered on October 13, 2011. This Advanced Examination is offered to ophthalmologists who have passed the complete Basic Science and Clinical Science Exams or an examination of similar standard recognized by the ICO Examinations Committee. Successful candidates are allowed to use the post-nominal acronym of FICO when they have passed a local face-to-face examination.
– David Taylor, FRCOphth, ICO Director for Examinations
The ICO Advocacy Committee is collaborating with the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology and VISION 2020 Latin America to offer an Advocacy Workshop during the July 6-9, 2011, Pan-American Ophthalmology Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The half-day training session is open to everyone and is scheduled for July 6, 2011. The Advocacy Workshop Agenda is available at: www.icoph.org/downloads/BA-Advocacy-Workshop.pdf and you can register at: www.icoph.org/rsvp/Workshop_for_Advocates_Buenos_Aires_2011.htm.
The ICO Advocacy Committee leads and coordinates the efforts of the ICO and international ophthalmology to increase support for eye care and prevention of vision loss worldwide.
The Committee collaborates with ophthalmologic organizations, governments and non-governmental organizations to support implementation of VISION 2020, the Global Initiative for the Elimination of Avoidable Blindness.
– Serge Resnikoff, MD, PhD, ICO Director for Advocacy
With the goal of instructing eye care providers on how to develop their own training center, Lions Aravind Institute of Ophthalmology (LAICO), the Seva Foundation and the International Council of Ophthalmology will offer a workshop, Eyexcel-Expanding Global Eye Care Workforce Through Excellence in Training, at LAICO in Madurai, India, July 26-29, 2011.
Lions Aravind Eye Hospital sees more than 1.5 million patients per year and operates on 300,000, making it one of the largest eye care providers in the world. Training other eye care providers how to replicate this success is critical to meeting the VISION 2020 aim to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.
Experienced faculty from Aravind and international institutions, including Karl Golnik, MD, chair of ICO’s courses for residency program directors, will be conducting the fourth offering of this highly interactive workshop, where the majority of time will be spent in practice and application.
The number of participants is limited to 60. The deadline for registration is June 15, 2011. An informational brochure and application form can be downloaded at: www.aravind.org/education/courseprofile.aspx?tmpcatcode=C000000088&tmpcoursecode=C000000425
– Akef El Maghraby, MD, ICO Vice President
Following the recent tragic events in Japan, the commitment and fortitude of Japanese ophthalmologists is exemplified every day by the work they do on behalf of members of their community. Despite their own personal losses, Japanese ophthalmologists have been visiting the shelters and providing free eye care. Throughout Japan, there have been donations of eye drops, contact lenses, contact lens solutions, spectacles, and ophthalmology devices and instruments.
Despite these daily challenges and in the spirit of rebuilding and moving forward, the Japanese Ophthalmological Society held its annual meeting in Tokyo from May 12-15 as scheduled.
At no other time have we felt the friendship and support from all over the world. Thank you so much.
– Tetsuro Oshika, MD, Japanese Ophthalmological Society Chief Executive
In response to the overwhelming destruction and loss that has impacted our friends in Japan, the ICOFoundation (ICOF) has donated $10,000 to the Japanese Ophthalmological Society (JOS) and $10,000 to the Japanese National Society for the Prevention of Blindness (JNSPB) to support relief and rebuilding.
Readers who would like to also contribute to the relief efforts in Japan can send donations to the ICOF at www.icofoundation.org/contribute/index.php, and specifying the monies are for the JOS relief fund.
ICO Board of Trustees Meeting: February 15, 2012, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC)
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Support the programs of the ICO by contributing to the ICOFoundation: icofoundation.org/contribute/make-a-donation.html
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