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June 28, 2017 In Remembrance: Prof. Akira Nakajima

It is with sadness that we share the passing of Past ICO President Prof. Akira Nakajima, who died on June 16 at the age of 93. “He was immensely wise and patient,” says Current ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor, who worked with Prof Nakajima for many years. “His contributions over time to ophthalmology cannot be overestimated.”

Specializing in genetics, refraction, and cornea, Prof. Nakajima became a Professor at Juntendo University in Tokyo, Japan, at the age of 38, where he created a strong department. “Akira was an outstanding national and international figure in ophthalmology, and he made enormous contributions in teaching, research, and clinical practice,” says Dr. Peter Wiedemann, ICO Treasurer.

Prof. Nakajima began a reorganization and elevation of the ICO during his tenure as President (1990–1998), and he continued this service as an Honorary Life Member of the ICO Board. “Akira was an intense worker, inveterate traveler, and a kind individual,” says ICO Immediate Past President Dr. Bruce Spivey.

He was President of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) from 1972 to 1976 and President of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis from 1988 to 1990. In acknowledgment of his contributions to ophthalmology, the ICO presented Prof. Nakajima with the Gonin Medal for outstanding work and research in 1986, and he received the José Rizal Medal from the APAO in 1987.

Please send tributes to Prof. Nakajima to news@icoph.org.


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October 5, 2017 Leadership Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

The African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) Leadership Development Program (LDP) for Anglophone Africa celebrated the graduation of its first class on 15 August 2017, in Kampala, Uganda. The two-day LDP meeting, held in conjunction with the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa (COECSA) Scientific Congress, covered a wide range of topics and was organized with support from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the ICO, and COECSA.

Francophone Africa’s first LDP class will graduate in conjunction with the Société Africaine Francophone d'Ophtalmologie (SAFO) Congress on 3 December 2017 in Dakar, Senegal. ICO Vice President Neeru Gupta, MD, PhD, MBA, will serve on the faculty for the second year.

The LDPs in Anglophone and Francophone Africa focus on meeting the needs of future leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa. With a strong and invested faculty, the LDP courses follow a model set by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and cover a broad spectrum of subjects, including advocacy, engagement, society strengthening, navigating challenges, and building coalitions.

ICO Vice President Kgaogelo “Eddie” Legodi, MD, took office as President of the African Ophthalmology Council at the COECSA Congress. Dr. Legodi will join the American Academy of Ophthalmology Board of Trustees as one of two international trustees in January 2018.


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