June 2018 | 3rd Issue
Prof. Yasuo Tano Travel Grants Will Open for Application on July 1
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Prof. Yasuo Tano Travel Grants Will Open for Application on July 1
Organize a Hands-On Course at APAO 2019
New Member Society Joining APAO 2019
Bangkok’s Highlight Attractions

   Prof. Yasuo Tano Travel Grants Will Open for Application on July 1

Applications for the 2019 Prof. Yasuo Tano Travel Grants for young ophthalmologists in the Asia-Pacific region to attend the 34th APAO Congress will be open from July 1. Each successful applicant will receive US$1000 if they live outside the host country of the 34th APAO Congress (i.e. Thailand), whereas those who live in the host country will receive US$300.

Priority will be given to ophthalmologists who are aged 40 or below, from a developing country and whose presentations (free paper, poster or video) have been accepted by the Scientific Program Committee of the 34th APAO Congress. Please note that previous recipients of the Prof. Yasuo Tano Travel Grants are welcome to re-apply, though priority will be given to first-time recipients. Applications from travel grant recipients at the APAO 2018 Congress will not be accepted.

Interested young ophthalmologists should complete the online application available on the Congress system at http://congress.apaophth.org/ from July 1 to September 7, 2018. Selection results will be announced by November 2018.

   Organize a Hands-On Course at APAO 2019

Congress organizers are pleased to announce the opportunity to organize hands-on courses at APAO 2019 in Bangkok. Such sessions may be scheduled on popular topics including glaucoma, cornea, retina and more. 

Any interested sponsors may reserve laboratory space for a period of one day from 8:30 – 18:00. All additional expenses must be covered by the sponsor. For more information, please contact APAO Congress Manager Ms. Cynthia Wong at cynthiawong@apaophth.org.

   New Member Society Joining the APAO Congress for the First Time: APOIS

A total of 3 new APAO member societies will be sending official representatives to the APAO Congress for the first time at APAO 2019 in Bangkok. In this issue, we feature the Asia-Pacific Ocular Imaging Society (APOIS), which has joined as an associate member. 

Currently, Prof. Tien-Yin Wong of Singapore is president of APOIS and Dr. Carol Cheung of Hong Kong is the society’s secretary-general. As a newly formed society in the Asia-Pacific, APOIS aims to facilitate collaboration between ophthalmologists and vision scientists in the region, with a focus on development and application of ocular imaging.


We are very much delighted to share with you that APOIS is newly organized and is a new Associate Member Society of APAO!  

APOIS aims to provide a dynamic professional and educational platform for ophthalmologists and vision scientists from around the world to meet, exchange and advance knowledge in ocular imaging, to develop standards and guidelines in new and emerging ocular imaging technology, to encourage collaborative research and clinical service projects, to assist ophthalmological colleagues to be up to date with advances in all aspects of ocular imaging, and to contribute to international development in ocular imaging.

With the support from APAO, we look forward to expanding the horizons of APOIS together with you. 

-- Prof. Wong and Dr. Cheung

   Bangkok’s Highlight Attractions


Established in 1782, Bangkok’s Rattanakosin district is the city’s historic center. It is home to the magnificent Grand Palace, the former residence of the royal family and a must-see for any visitor.

Adjacent to the Grand Palace is Wat Phra Kaew, which is the most sacred temple in Thailand. It is also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, though the Buddha inside is actually jade. According to legend, it was made in India more than 2,000 years ago.


For a taste of modern Bangkok, head to Siam Square, which is renowned as a shopping and entertainment center. It is also home to SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia, which features more than 30,000 sea creatures from around the world.  

Another nearby attraction is The Jim Thompson House, the residence of a former American CIA operative. Made of teak, the beautiful Thai-style buildings were Thompson’s home after World War II while he was involved in the development of Thailand’s silk industry.  

Want to learn more? Click here for further details of Bangkok’s many attractions.


   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