January 2018 | 7th Issue
Scientific Program Highlights and Travel Grant Results
    In this Issue

Standard Registration Rates
Scientific Program Highlights
APAO 2018 Travel Grant Selection Results
Visa Assistance
Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year Celebrations

   Standard Registration Rates
  Standard Registration Rates

Standard registration rates for the 33rd Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Hong Kong are now in effect. Please note that online registration will remain open through January 20, 2018 (Hong Kong time, GMT+8).

If you miss the online registration deadline, please register on site at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. For group registration of 5 or more individuals, please contact registration@apaophth.org.

Additionally, delegates are advised that the trainee category will not be available during on site registration. However, a partial refund can be granted after the 2018 Congress has ended, upon submission of the completed trainee declaration form to declaration@apaophth.org afterwards. 

For more information, please visit http://2018.apaophth.org/registration/.

   Scientific Program Highlights

The Scientific Program for the 33rd APAO Congress has now been finalized. Here’s a look at a few of this year’s unique sessions.

Featuring speeches and presentations by leaders in ophthalmology from APAO and beyond, the Nakajima Memorial Symposium will honor the memory of APAO’s former President and longest-serving Secretary-General Prof. Akira Nakajima of Japan. Find out more about Prof. Nakajima’s life and work here.

New this year, the Scientific Program at APAO 2018 will feature an interactive panel discussion among leading experts in the glaucoma and retina subspecialties. The Interdisciplinary Discussion: Glaucoma and Retinal Diseases symposium will be chaired by Dr. Suber Huang of the United States, charter member of the Retina Hall of Fame, and Prof. Xiulan Zhang of China, who was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in ophthalmology in 2014.

Back by popular demand, the Ophthalmic Premier League video symposium will feature four teams (Accommodators, Multifocal, Divide and Conquer, Capsular Bag), who will present their challenging and complicated cataract cases as they compete for glory. Don’t miss this line-up featuring experts from the Asia-Pacific and around the world.

   APAO 2018 Travel Grant Selection Results

After reviewing submissions from a number of qualified applicants, the APAO Secretariat is pleased to announce the recipients of the APAO Prof. Yasuo Tano Travel Grants for 2018.

Each travel grant recipient will receive US$1000 if they live outside the host country of the 33rd APAO Congress (i.e. Hong Kong) whereas those who live in the host country will receive US$300.



   Visa Assistance

As the APAO 2018 Congress in Hong Kong approaches, the APAO Secretariat encourages anyone who requires a visa to attend the Congress to apply at their earliest convenience to avoid any last-minute delays or complications. The application procedure may take up to 4 weeks. Delegates who have registered for the APAO Congress can generate an invitation letter for visa application purposes after logging in to the congress system

For a complete list of countries and their respective entry requirements for visiting Hong Kong, please visit http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html.

   Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year Celebrations

The APAO 2018 Congress will be held just 1 week before the start of the Lunar New Year, and festival preparations will be well underway all around Hong Kong for Congress delegates to see and experience.

In the time leading up to the Lunar New Year, apartment buildings and businesses in the city will put up festive decorations including red lanterns and intricate paper cuttings. Many doorways will also be adorned with New Year couplets written on red paper, as well as colorful kumquat trees.

Temporary flower markets showcasing beautiful orchids, plum blossoms and more will be set up in locations such as Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. Traditional decorations and snacks, including melon seeds and candies, will also be for sale and make for unique souvenirs.

Travel Tip: The traditional Cantonese greeting during the New Year is “gung hei fat choi.” Say this to a local and you just might get a red packet with lucky money inside in return!


For more information about Lunar New Year celebrations in Hong Kong, please visit the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s website.


   APAO Secretariat


APAO Headquarters
c/o APAO Office, State Key Laboratory (Ophthalmology)
Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-Sen University
1/F, No. 7 Jinsui Road,
Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District
Guangzhou, Guangdong, P.R. China

APAO Secretariat (Hong Kong Office)

c/o Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
4/F, Hong Kong Eye Hospital, 147K Argyle Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 3943-5827
Fax: (852) 2715-9490

Website: http://2018.apaophth.org/