July 2016 | 2nd Issue
|Welcome Message from APAO President
Dear Friends & Colleagues,
It gives me immense pleasure to invite you to the 32nd APAO Congress in Singapore, co-hosted with the Singapore Society of Ophthalmology and College of Ophthalmologists of Singapore, and co-organized with the International Council of Ophthalmology.
The APAO Congress has certainly grown in scientific content and in stature as one of the most important ophthalmology conferences in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Over 1,000 leading experts from around the world will be speaking on all areas of ophthalmology and visual sciences, with an emphasis on the latest cutting-edge scientific innovations, treatments, surgical techniques and technologies.
This Congress also provides delegates with a platform for networking, allowing them to establish lifelong friendships and to look for collaborative opportunities. The Congress venue, Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Center, is located in the heart of the Central Business District with many tourist attractions nearby. Singapore has a vibrant history and diverse ethnic quarters to discover, along with the many family-oriented attractions and precious public spaces that make visiting this gem of Southeast Asia worthwhile.
I wish you all a wonderful stay in Singapore and I look forward to seeing you in March 2017!
Dennis Lam, MD
President, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
Below is an overview of the 2017 APAO Congress schedule. Within the 4-day program, the two APAO Plenary Sessions and Opening Ceremony are scheduled for Day 1 (March 2). The Gala Dinner & Speakers Reception will be held on Friday, March 3, followed by the second annual APAO Charity Run on the morning of Saturday, March 4.
|Scientific Program Committee
Chaired by Prof Tin Aung, the Scientific Program for the 32nd APAO Congress features 15 subspecialties. Formation of the Scientific Program Committee is almost complete. The program conveners for each subspecialty are shown below.
|Abstract Submission Deadline
The deadline for abstract submission is September 19, 2016. Authors who wish to present papers, posters, videos and/or instruction courses at the 32nd APAO Congress should submit their abstract(s) via the online abstract submission system at http://2017.apaophth.org/online-submission/. Please go through the submission guidelines before you begin. The first presenting author must register for the 32nd APAO Congress before submitting an abstract.
All visitors to Singapore must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the intended period of travel. For most nationalities, a visa is not required. However, delegates from certain countries must apply for a visa to enter Singapore, as listed in the table below. Please visit https://www.ica.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=96 for more information.
|Different Areas in Singapore
Like many urban areas, the city of Singapore is divided into different districts, and several of these are quite distinct.
Riverside, also known as the Civic District, includes the areas on both sides of the Singapore River and much of the Central Business District. Here you will find modern skyscrapers alongside historical buildings from the British colonial era. Visit the Asian Civilizations Museum to learn more about the entire region, or explore lush Fort Canning Park, which has the highest elevation in the city center.
Although the majority of modern Singapore's population are ethnic Chinese, there is still a separate Chinatown, which is popular with tourists. In addition to street market stalls and countless Chinese restaurants, the Chinatown Heritage Centre offers a glimpse at the district's history. There are also many places of worship in the area, including Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Jamae Mosque and Sri Mariammam Temple.
Singapore's Little India and Arab Street are other well-known areas of interest. In fact, Arab Street is located in Kampong Glam, which is part of the city's old Malay district. Visitors can see a number of historic temples and mosques, as well as lively and unique shopping malls and markets. Of course, these areas are also popular destinations because of the many eateries serving delicious Indian or Middle Eastern cuisine.