April 2016 | 1st Issue

In This Issue

Welcome Message

Registration & Abstract Submission Now Open

Important Dates - Mark Your Calendar

Program Overview

APAO Charity Run


Welcome Message

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the 32nd APAO Congress, to be held in Singapore from March 1 - 5, 2017. We are delighted that Singapore has once again been given the privilege to host this prestigious ophthalmic event, which is now becoming a pinnacle "must-go meeting" in ophthalmology.

The APAO 2017 Congress, which will be co-organized with the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), gathers a distinguished international faculty of top specialists in ophthalmology from around the world to share their expertise and experience with clinicians, eye surgeons and researchers from the Asia-Pacific region and globally.

Themed "Discovery, Innovation and Practices," the APAO 2017 Congress in Singapore will focus on exciting areas such as new treatments for major eye diseases, novel imaging and surgical techniques, and results of pivotal clinical trials to provide evidence-based practices for Asian eye diseases.

In addition, Singapore has a host of new major tourist attractions such as the National Gallery of Singapore, Gardens by the Bay and other attractions.

I look forward to welcoming you to our unique tropical island where you will not only get the opportunity to learn more about the newest discovery, techniques and developments in ophthalmology, but also gain unforgettable memories of friendships made and renewed.

See you in Singapore in March 2017!

Sincerely yours,
Prof. Tien-Yin WONG
Congress President
APAO 2017
Registration & Abstract Submission Now Open

Registration and abstract submission are now open until September 19, 2016 (Mon). For the first time, registration for the APAO congress is facilitated by the APAO ID. Please be sure to register for an APAO ID before you proceed to register for the Congress. If you need any assistance, please contact us at secretariat@apaophth.org.

Scientific Program Committee

Don't want to miss the important dates for the 32nd APAO Congress in Singapore? Then mark your calendar accordingly!

Event Date
Early Bird Registration Opens Apr 18, 2016
Abstract Submission Opens Apr 18, 2016
Hotel Reservation Opens
(for Scientific Program Committee and officials)
Aug 1, 2016
Abstract Submission Deadline Sept 19, 2016
Hotel Reservation Open to All Oct 10, 2016
Early Bird Registration Deadline Nov 30, 2016
Advance Registration Deadline Jan 31, 2017
Opening Ceremony & Plenary Sessions Mar 2, 2017
Gala Dinner Mar 3, 2017
Charity Run Mar 4, 2017
Program Overview

Below is an overview of the 2017 APAO Congress schedule. Within the 4-day intensive program, the two APAO Plenary Sessions and Opening Ceremony are scheduled on Day 1 (March 2). More details will be available soon.

APAO Charity Run

At the previous APAO Congress in Chinese Taipei, APAO organized its first-ever charity run as a fundraiser to support post-earthquake relief and reconstruction efforts in Nepal. In total, the run raised almost US$14,000, which was donated to the Nepal Ophthalmic Society.

A second APAO charity run is planned for the 32nd APAO Congress in Singapore on March 4, 2017. More details about the location and beneficiary will be available in due course.


Singapore is an island city-state located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, making it the southernmost point in continental Asia. It is one of the world's most multicultural cities, with a blend of Chinese, Malay, Indian and colonial British influences. It is also very modern and fast-paced due to its position as a leading financial and logistics center.

Among Singapore's most unique skyscrapers are the three towers of Marina Bay Sands resort, connected by a "SkyPark" on top. The city skyline also features the Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel and the Merlion statue, a Singaporean symbol formed with the head of a lion and the body of a fish.

Although Singapore is often referred to as the "Lion City," it has earned another nickname as the "Garden City" thanks to its more than 50 parks and green spaces. Sites such as the botanical gardens, including the National Orchid Garden, and Jurong Bird Park offer a quiet sanctuary from the bustling city center.

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