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ICO Leader Letter

Germans Gracious Hosts for Exceptional WOC 2010

June 2010, Volume 7, Number 6

In this Issue:

  1. Outstanding World Congress in Berlin
  2. WOC 2010 Highlights
  3. ICO Elects Officers, Members to Board and Advisory Committee
  4. Sub-Saharan African Ophthalmologists Form AOF, Meet in Berlin
  5. MEACO to Host WOC 2012 in Abu Dhabi
  6. ICO Considers Guadalajara, Mexico for WOC 2016
  7. Next ICO Meetings and World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC)
  8. Future World Ophthalmology Congresses and Other ICO Meetings
  9. Important Reminders
  10. Our Donors
  11. ICO Resources and Websites

1. Outstanding World Congress in Berlin

The 2010 World Ophthalmology Congress ® (WOC) was by all measures a great triumph. Total registration was more than 13,000, including more than 10,000 ophthalmologists. 145 countries were represented. The scientific program was outstanding thanks to excellent planning and the participation of world-renowned speakers. We were all treated to fantastic German hospitality in the exciting, historic, and beautiful city of Berlin.

Many thanks to Congress President Gerhard Lang, MD, Scientific Program Committee Chair Steve Ryan, MD, Program Director Gabriele Lang, MD, and the professional team that organized the WOC. It was the culmination of years of planning and hard work and we appreciate all they have done.

Amidst the buzz of WOC 2010 activity, the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee, and other committees met to plan for our various programs and initiatives on ophthalmic education and the prevention of visual loss. We have much to report and will share the outcomes of our work in this and future editions of the ICO Leader Letter.

– Bruce Spivey, MD, ICO President

2. WOC 2010 Highlights

It was wonderful and rewarding to have so many ophthalmologists from all over the world gather in Berlin for WOC 2010. I hope those of you who attended learned, grew, and enjoyed the experience, both professionally and personally.

I would like to echo Bruce’s thanks to the Scientific Program Committee and extend my appreciation on behalf of the German Society of Ophthalmology and German Academy of Ophthalmology to all of the speakers, congress management and others whose hard work went into making this a truly outstanding Congress.

Among the highlights of the Congress were:

  • A robust scientific program featuring 3,000 internationally recognized speakers in 600 scientific sessions, many organized by 58 ophthalmologic societies
  • 600 free papers and more than 1,100 posters
  • 28 symposia sponsored by industry
  • Subspecialty Days focused on retina, glaucoma, cataract and refractive surgery
  • The second World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC), with more than 40 speakers in eight symposia
  • The third World Forum of Non-Profit Organizations in Vision and Blindness Prevention with important discussion and plans for the next 10 years of VISION 2020
  • History, modernity and multi-media entertainment at the WOC Opening Ceremony
  • WOCtoberfest, a Bavarian style celebration held at the historic Berlin Tempelhof Airport

To view photos and images of the Congress, see http://www.woc2010.org/index.php?id=293.

– Gerhard Lang, MD, WOC 2010 Congress President 

3. ICO Elects Officers, Members to Board and Advisory Committee

The ICO is very fortunate to have the service of several new members on the Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee, along with the continued service of four ICO Officers, who were re-elected in Berlin.

Seven new members were added to the ICO Board of Trustees:

  • Pinar Aydin, MD, Turkey
  • Emilio Campos, MD, Italy
  • Daniel Kiage, MD, Kenya
  • Xiaoxin Li, MD, China
  • Paul Lichter, MD, United States
  • Eduardo Mayorga, MD, Argentina
  • Janos Nemeth, MD, Hungary
  • Tetsuro Oshika, MD, Tokyo

Dr. Mayorga is the ICO Director for E-Learning, a newly created position. Paul Lichter, MD, returns to the Board as President of Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, and Tetsuro Oshika, MD, joins as President of the 2014 WOC in Tokyo. The full list of ICO Board of Trustees Members is available here: http://icoph.org/downloads/ICOBoardMembers2010-2012.pdf (PDF – 79 KB).

Four new members were elected to the ICO Advisory Committee:

  • Mohamad Elsada, MD, Egypt
  • Santosh Honavar, MD, India
  • Charles McGhee, FRCOphth, PhD, New Zealand
  • Thanh Hoang Xuan, MD, France

Alaa El-Danasoury, MD, of Egypt and Ivo Kocur, MD, of Switzerland are also new members of the Committee elected prior to the WOC. The full list of ICO Advisory Committee Members is available here: http://icoph.org/downloads/ICOAdvisoryMembership2010-2012.pdf (PDF – 76 KB).

And finally, the four current officers of the ICO were re-elected through 2014:

  • President – Bruce Spivey, MD, United States
  • Vice President – Akef El Maghraby, MD, Saudi Arabia
  • Secretary General – Jean-Jacques De Laey, MD, Belgium
  • Treasurer – Hugh Taylor, AC, MD, Australia.

Please join me in congratulating everyone on their new positions and in thanking those who have extended their years of service to the ICO.

– Akef El-Maghraby, MD ICO Vice President

4. Sub-Saharan African Ophthalmologists Form AOF, Meet in Berlin

WOC 2010 participants from Sub-Saharan Africa were invited to join together at a meeting and reception of the African Ophthalmology Forum (AOF) June 6 in Berlin, made possible with support from Alcon.

More than 70 people assembled to meet and discuss the future of the AOF and how to empower ophthalmologists in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Bruce Spivey of the ICO and Dr. Abdulaziz AlRajhi of the MEACO, two organizations that have supported the formation of the AOF, started off the evening with advice and motivation.  Edward Legodi, MD, AOF Vice President; Henry N’Kumbe, MD, AOF Secretary; and Kunle Hassan, MD, AOF President; shared more specific details on the AOF and our future.  Dan Kiage, MD, AOF Vice President, moderated what turned out to be a lively discussion on how the group can move forward together.

The following day, the newly created ICO Advisory Group on Sub-Saharan Africa also met for the first time. This group will collaborate with the AOF and aims to suggest ways that the ICO, European ophthalmological societies and others can support efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa. This new Advisory Group has members in common with the AOF and the two plan to work closely together.

We are very excited about these developments and have great hope for the future of ophthalmology in Sub-Saharan Africa.

– Jean-Jacques De Laey, MD, ICO Secretary General

5. MEACO to Host WOC 2012 in Abu Dhabi

On behalf of the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO), I invite you to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for the 33rd World Ophthalmology Congress February 16 – 20, 2012. 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.

The ICO will be organizing the scientific program and has named Peter Wiedemann, MD, of Leipzig, Germany, to lead the development of the scientific program for this and future WOCs. Dr. Wiedemann succeeds Steven Ryan, MD, who chaired the scientific program committee for previous WOCs in Sao Paulo (2006), Hong Kong (2008) and Berlin (2010).

WOC 2012 will offer an excellent scientific program in a unique city with rich cultural heritage. It is sure to be a lively, educational, historic Congress and I look forward to seeing you there.

– Abdulaziz AlRajhi, MD, WOC 2012 President

6. ICO Considers Guadalajara, Mexico for WOC 2016

At its meeting in Berlin, the ICO Board of Trustees conditionally approved Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico, as the site for 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC), to be hosted by the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology.

The selection of Guadalajara and the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology was made on a provisional basis. To increase continuity from one WOC to the next, the ICO will be playing a much greater role in planning and managing the WOCs. For this reason, the selection will be confirmed once the ICO and the host have agreed on a set of “expectations” for the WOC.

The ICO is enthusiastic about meeting in Guadalajara in 2016. It is an appealing cultural city (the home of Mariachis and Tequila) with excellent facilities and a great enthusiasm about the WOC. This will be the second time the Congress will be held in Mexico, with the first in 1970 in Mexico City.

As mentioned above, the 2012 WOC will be in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. WOC 2014 will be April 2–6 in Tokyo, and WOC 2018 will be in Europe, with the ICO Board to decide on that host and city in 2012.

– Jean-Jacques De Laey, MD, ICO Secretary General

7. Next ICO Meetings and World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC)

  • ICO Board of Trustees: March 17 - 18, 2011, Sydney, Australia
  • ICO General Assembly: February 16, 2012, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • World Ophthalmology Congress®: February 16 – 20, 2012, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

8. Future World Ophthalmology Congresses and Other ICO Meetings

World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) 

Please mark your calendars for these future World Ophthalmology Congresses of the ICO:

  • WOC2016: Guadalajara, Mexico, February 5–9, 2016
    Host: Mexican Society of Ophthalmology
    Co-host: Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
  • WOC2018: Barcelona, Spain, June 16-20, 2018
    Host: Spanish Society of Ophthalmology.

Like the WOC on Facebook: www.facebook.com/attendWOC
Follow the WOC on Twitter: twitter.com/attendWOC

9. Important Reminders

10. Our Donors

The ICO gratefully recognizes grants, gifts, and pledges to the ICOFoundation. This support allows us to continue our important and effective programs, creating a global alliance to prevent avoidable blindness and visual impairment.

Support the programs of the ICO by contributing to the ICOFoundation: icofoundation.org/contribute/make-a-donation.html

11. ICO Resources and Websites


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