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July 11, 2018 ICO Member The Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations signed a framework for ethical use of human eye tissue at WOC2018.

A landmark accord on the ethical use of human eye tissue was signed at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress in Spain. The Barcelona Principles outline the ethical use of donated human tissue for ocular transplantation, research, and future technologies.

Developed in coordination with 102 individuals representing 89 nations, the Barcelona Principles encompass consent, donation, and equitable allocation of ocular tissue. It is intended to build eye-banking services and meet the needs of millions of people requiring corneal surgery, without compromising the moral conduct of the donor, the recipient, or the extended community.

A collaboration of Australian eye banking organizations spearheaded creation of this worldwide first, which offers recommendations on areas of ethical ambiguity, such as profitization and supply chains, the global movement of eye tissue, and partnering with colleagues across borders.


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July 11, 2018 ICO Member WOC2018 Medal Recipients

The Opening Ceremony officially marked the beginning of WOC2018 and included welcome remarks from WOC2018 President Dr. Rafael Barraquer, the ICO, and the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology. Attendees enjoyed videos showcasing the wonders of our profession and the history of ophthalmology in Spain.

The Opening Ceremony also celebrated achievements of our colleagues who were honored for their outstanding work: 

  • Gonin Medal: Jean-Jacques DeLaey, MD, PhD (Belgium) 
  • International Duke Elder Medal: Rubens Belfort, Jr., MD, PhD, MBA (Brazil) 
  • ICO Ophthalmic Pathology Award: Sarah Coupland, MBBS, PhD, FRCPath, FARVO, FSB (United Kingdom) 
  • G.O.H Naumann Award for Leadership in Global Eye Care Commission: Abdulaziz AlRajhi, MD (Saudi Arabia) 
  • Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis Bernardo Streiff Medal: Paul Lichter, MD (United States)

Thank you to everyone who joined us in-person for the WOC2018 Opening Ceremony or who watched via the live stream on Facebook. Watch a recorded version of the Opening Ceremony.


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July 11, 2018 ICO Member Participants of the AOC-ICO Summit Meeting at WOC2018

Presidents and leaders of 23 ophthalmologic societies in Sub-Saharan Africa came together at the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC)/ICO Summit on 15 June during WOC2018 to consider how to better serve ophthalmologists and enhance eye health in Africa.

Topics included the needs of the public related to eye health, the needs of ophthalmologists and ophthalmologic societies, and society development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The role of the AOC and objectives for African ophthalmological societies were discussed, as was WOC2020, which will take place 26–29 June 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa.


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July 11, 2018 ICO Member ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship Accepting Applications

The ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship is now open to ophthalmologists worldwide who are under age 40. The one-year, $US 50,000 research fellowship offers applicants the opportunity to continue their research at a chosen university, preferably in a different country than where they currently live.

We are pleased to share that the 2017/18 ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Emilio de Almeida Torres Netto, Brazil, to support his research project, “Factors modulating the biomechanics of corneal tissue.” Watch this short video of Dr. Torres at WOC2018 explaining his research.

Apply for the 2018/19 ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship in cornea, dry eye, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, retina, tumors, and uveitis.


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July 11, 2018 ICO Member Earn CME Credits after the Congress

WOC2018 was filled with so many opportunities to learn. We are pleased to offer WOC2018 OnDemand which provides access to more than 500 hours of recorded Congress presentations. Watch at your convenience and earn CME credits from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Purchase WOC2018 OnDemand


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July 11, 2018 ICO Member Register Now for WOC2020 and Save!

The World Ophthalmology Congress® is the premier international ophthalmic meeting. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us for WOC2020 in Cape Town, South Africa, and WOC2022 in Melbourne Australia.

WOC2020: Cape Town, South Africa
26–29 June 2020

Register now for WOC2020 and receive a greatly reduced rate that is only available through 31 July 2018.

WOC2020 will be hosted by the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA), with the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) and Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) as co-hosts. Kgaogelo “Eddie” Legodi, MD, will serve as President of WOC2020.

WOC2022: Melbourne, Australia
25–28 February 2022

WOC2022 will be hosted by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO). Mark Daniell, MB, BS, FRACS, will be WOC2022 President.


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June 18, 2018 New smartphone app aims to improve cataract surgical outcomes

BOOST (Better Operative Outcomes Software Tool), a simple, free and easy-to-use app to help surgeons monitor and improve cataract surgical outcomes, has been launched at the World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona.


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May 30, 2018 WOEC Schedule: Saturday, 16 June

8:30–10:00 Symposium: Teaching and Assessing Surgical Competence - Participants will be able to describe the main steps for teaching and learning surgical processes, and deliver effective feedback about the surgical competence of a trainee.

14:00–15:30 Symposium: Innovative Formats for Teaching in Graduate Medical Education & CPD - This session will cover innovations for teaching including work-based learning, the use of surgical simulation, internet-based learning, use of portfolios, how to add metacognition to continuing professional development (CPD) and innovative assessment methods.


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May 30, 2018 WOEC Schedule: Sunday, 17 June

10:30–12:00 Course: Beyond the Lecture: Using Concept Maps to Promote Deep Learning of Medical Knowledge - This course will cover evidence supporting the use of mind maps to stimulate deep learning. Participants will have a hands-on experience on how to create concept maps and how to teach this skill. 

12:00–13:45 Keynote Luncheon: Dealing with Uncertainty in Medicine and Medical Education - The keynote presentation, “Dealing with Uncertainty in Medicine and Medical Education,” will be provided by Dr. Glenda Eoyang, PhD and Founding Executive Director, Human Systems Dynamics Institute. (By invitation only)

14:00–15:30 Case Study: Complex Cases of Problem Residents: Discussing Prevention and Remediation - This workshop will stress the importance of approaching resident performance problems in a way that is tailored to the specific behavior being addressed.

16:00–17:30 Symposium: Simulation for Teaching and Learning - By the end of this session, participants will be able to explain the need and applicability of surgical simulation to their own settings, describe models of simulation in the clinical setting, and implement low cost tools for practicing surgical steps.


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May 30, 2018 WOEC Schedule: Tuesday, 19 June

10:30–12:00 Symposium: Less is More: Focused Workplace Placement Based Assessments (WPBA) in Busy Disciplines - This session will define the rationale, structure, and implementation of Workplace Based Assessments (WBAs). Specific WBA examples for surgical skill, outpatient care, and professionalism will be described.

16:00–17:30 Symposium: Ophthalmic Education Based on Evidence: Today's Facts and Future Perspectives of Application - This session will cover the definition, importance, and need of evidence-based medical education and provide best-evidence examples to improve teaching.


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May 30, 2018 ICO Online Neuro-Ophthalmology Essentials Course
We are pleased to announce that the new online clinical course, “Neuro-Ophthalmology Essentials” is open. The course, taught by instructors Drs. Karl Golnik and Ama Sadaka, is available to begin at any time.
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May 30, 2018 ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group on LinkedIn

As was previously announced, the ICO has formed a special interest group for ophthalmic educators, the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG). The ICO-OEG supports educators and teachers of ophthalmology and recognizes ophthalmic education as a distinct subspecialty of ophthalmology.

As part of these efforts, the ICO has created an ICO-OEG LinkedIn group with the goal of creating a dynamic online space for ophthalmic educators to network, share resources, and discuss issues relevant to their profession. If you are an educator or involved in ophthalmic education, we are pleased to extend an invitation for you to join.


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May 15, 2018 Reduced Registration Rates for WOC2018 Ending Soon!

Register today for the 16–19 June World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018) in Barcelona, Spain, as registration fees increase after 23 May.

In addition to a Scientific Program of over 350 sessions at the Fira Gran Via conference center, WOC2018 offers ticketed courses and events that provide even more opportunities to connect and learn: 

  • Develop your surgical skills, learn innovative techniques, and better prevent and manage surgical complications with Hands-On Courses in cataract and vitreoretinal surgery, manual small incision cataract surgery, glaucoma, keratoplasty, and vitrectomy. 
  • Interact with experienced doctors at the WOC Breakfast Club. Discuss the latest trends covering a wide range of ophthalmic specialties, question assumptions, and fully engage in a relaxed learning atmosphere. 
  • Step into Spain’s history during Cultural Night on Monday, 18 June. Drink sangria, feast on delicious tapas, and take in the artistic beauty of human towers, Spanish horses, and flamenco dancers. Close out the evening with dancing and a battle of the (ophthalmologist) bands.

Ticketed events are selling out fast. Sign up when you register for WOC2018, or if already registered, log back into your WOC account, and add these events now.


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April 25, 2018 Save Money by Registering Now for WOC2018

Register Now for the 36th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018) of the International Council of Ophthalmology before prices increase after 23 May.

Learn and interact with ophthalmologists from more than 130 countries, and participate in a Scientific Program of over 350 sessions at the Fira Gran Via Convention Center 16–19 June in Barcelona, Spain.

Revenues from the WOC help support ICO initiatives and programs that enhance ophthalmic education and preserve and restore vision for the people of the world.


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April 25, 2018 Strengthen Skills Today and Look Toward Tomorrow at WOC2018

In addition to offering a vast array of the latest clinical topics––WOC2018 also focuses on subjects that carry major implications for ophthalmology’s future. As two examples: 

  • The inaugural Robert Ritch Forum on Medicine of the Future, Sunday, 17 June from 10:30 to 12:00, explores nanotechnology, tissue bioengineering, and artificial intelligence––increasingly significant areas impacting our lives now and twenty years from now. Watch a three-minute video of Dr. Ritch discussing the forum's program in more detail. 
  • Diabetes and Eye Health––a special symposium organized by the ICO––will discuss integrated care for diabetes and eye health. The symposium builds upon the ICO, the World Council of Optometry, the International Diabetes Federation, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness Global Statement on Diabetes and Eye Heath calling for urgent action so everyone with diabetes has access to sight-saving services.

Find all WOC2018 sessions on diabetes at wocabstracts.org; search word “diabetes.”


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April 25, 2018 Emerging International Leaders and Young Ophthalmologists are the Pacesetters of Tomorrow

Emerging International Leaders (EILs) and Young Ophthalmologists (YOs) are at the forefront of a long and exciting professional life, and WOC2018 offers numerous opportunities to meet and socialize with newfound EIL and YO colleagues: 

  • EIL and YO Lounge: Open Daily, 8:30–17:30, Tibidabo Suite 
  • EIL and YO Reception: Sunday, 17 June, 18:30–19:30, Room 7.1, Conference Center 7 
  • EIL Brainstorming Discussion and Happy Hour: Sunday, 17 June, 17:30, Room 22, Hall 8.0 
  • YO Informal Night Out; Sunday, 17 June; stop by the EIL/YO Lounge for details.

The ICO Emerging International Leaders Initiative, part of the ICO 2017–2020 Strategic Plan, offers opportunities for networking, mentorship, and leadership skill improvement, especially for those interested in ICO activities or in becoming a future ophthalmic society leader. For more information about this initiative, email Jennifer Hanes, ICO Membership and Society Relations Manager, at jhanes@icoph.org.


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April 25, 2018 World Forum for Sight at WOC2018

Eye health advocates and others committed to preventing vision loss worldwide will want to attend the World Forum for Sight at WOC2018. The Forum features compelling public health sessions on initiatives to preserve and protect vision: 

Find detailed information about each session by going to wocabstracts.org and selecting “World Forum for Sight” in the category box.


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April 11, 2018 Session Highlights: World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium at WOC2018

Join the ICO for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress®, 16–19 June in Barcelona.

This month we would like to highlight the symposium: “Ophthalmic Education Based on Evidence: Today's Facts and Future Perspectives of Application,” on Tuesday, 19 June, which will cover the definition, importance, and need for evidence-based medical education and provide some examples to improve teaching.

We thank our 2018 WOEC sessions supporter the Alcon Foundation, and the WOEC keynote luncheon supporter Carl Zeiss Meditec AG.

Learn more about the educator sessions and schedule during the WOEC.


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April 5, 2018 Session Highlights: World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium Sessions at WOC2018

Join us for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress, 16–19 June in Barcelona.

This month we would like to highlight two symposia: “Simulation for Teaching and Learning” on Sunday, 17 June, which will teach participants about surgical simulation and how to implement these low cost tools. “Less is More: Focused Workplace Placement Based Assessments (WPBA) in Busy Disciplines” on Tuesday, 19 June, will give examples of WPBA tools, and will teach participants the rationale and steps for implementation of WPBAs for their own programs.

We thank all the supporters of the ICO's Teaching the Teachers Initiative, including our 2018 WOEC sessions supporter Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, and the WOEC keynote luncheon supporter, the Alcon Foundation.

Learn more about the educator sessions and schedule during the WOEC

Register for the World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona, Spain.


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February 25, 2018 Session Highlights: WOEC Sessions at WOC2018

Join us for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques. The WOEC sessions are designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education.

As part of the WOEC, the course “Beyond the Lecture: Using Concept Maps to Promote Deep Learning of Medical Knowledge” will cover evidence supporting the use of mind maps to stimulate deep learning. Participants will have a hands on experience on how to create concept maps and how to teach this skill.

The case study “Complex Cases of Problem Residents: Discussing Prevention and Remediation” discussion will equip educators and program directors with the appropriate tools to feel confident applying effective remediation plans to deal with a variety of difficult situations.

Funding for the 2018 World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium sessions is provided in part by Carl Zeiss Meditec AG. Funding for the keynote luncheon of World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium is provided in part by the Alcon Foundation. We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology's Teaching the Teachers Initiative.


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