May 2018 | 2nd Issue
Return of the APAO Congress Abstract Awards
    In this Issue

Welcome Message
Introducing the Co-Sponsor of APAO 2019
2nd Annual Abstract Awards at APAO 2019
International Advisory Board Announced
Calling All APAO 2019 Sponsors
Welcome to Bangkok

   Welcome Message from APAO President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,  

It is my great honour and pleasure to invite you to the 2019 Congress of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology in Bangkok, co-hosted by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists of Thailand. 

As the region’s preeminent meeting for ophthalmologists and visual scientists, APAO 2019 will feature more than 600 internationally renowned speakers presenting the latest discoveries and ideas in all the major ophthalmic subspecialties. An attendance figure of at least 5,000 delegates is anticipated. 

The APAO Congress also provides delegates with an excellent occasion to network and collaborate with peers and friends. Furthermore, Congress attendees can enjoy magnificent and historic palaces and temples, along with delicious cuisine and exciting nightlife, in Bangkok, one of Asia’s most-loved cities. 

We very much look forward to seeing you at the 34th APAO Congress in Bangkok. It is truly an event not to be missed! 

With very best regards,


Professor Charles NJ McGhee
President, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology

   Introducing the Co-Sponsor of APAO 2019

This year, Congress organizers are pleased to welcome the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) as co-sponsor of the 34th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Bangkok, Thailand held in conjunction with the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists of Thailand. 

Led by Dr. Jan Tjeerd de Faber of the Netherlands, SOE includes 44 national ophthalmic societies from around the European continent. Established in 1956, the society now organizes the biennial SOE Congress in addition to providing grants and other educational programs such as those for leadership development and young ophthalmologists. 

   2nd Annual Abstract Awards at APAO 2019

Back by popular demand, awards for outstanding contributions to the submitted program will once again be presented at APAO 2019 in Bangkok, as outlined below.

  • Best Scientific Paper Awards (selected by abstract reviewers) for each of the Congress subspecialty areas

  • Top Five Most Popular Posters (chosen by Congress delegates)

  • Top Five Most Popular E-Posters (chosen by Congress delegates)

  • Top Five Most Popular Videos (chosen by Congress delegates)

Delegates who wish to compete for these prizes are encouraged to read the abstract submission guidelines beforehand. The deadline to submit abstracts for APAO 2019 is Monday, September 3, 2018, at 11:59 pm (GMT +8). Late submissions will not be accepted.

Abstract submission as well as registration for the 34th APAO Congress are facilitated via the APAO Congress system at http://congress.apaophth.org/. Early bird registration rates for APAO 2019 will remain in effect through Monday, October 15, 2018.

   International Advisory Board Announced

The International Advisory Board for the APAO 2019 Congress in Bangkok features an impressive line-up of key influencers in the field of ophthalmology. With their input, the Scientific Program of the 34th APAO Congress will be of the highest international standard.

Congress organizers would like to thank the following individuals for their invaluable participation and support.


   Calling All APAO 2019 Sponsors

15f2611f-0b89-40b3-99f3-2a2fa1f64ade.jpgDo you want to tell the ophthalmic community about exciting new products and innovative ideas? Would you like to support the Asia-Pacific’s premier event in ophthalmology? Then we want to hear from you! 

Attracting around 5,000 delegates from approximately 70 countries each year, the APAO Congress offers a wide range of exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities for companies and organizations to reach ophthalmologists from around the world. The newly updated sponsorship prospectus for APAO 2019 is now available for download on the Congress website

The APAO Secretariat welcomes inquiries from any interested parties in the hopes of creating mutually beneficial arrangements for yet another successful APAO Congress.

   Welcome to Bangkok

Bangkok, the capital and most populous city in the Kingdom of Thailand, is one of the most popular destinations not only in Asia but the world over. With historic roots dating back to the 15th century, the city began as a small trading post on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and later became the home of the Thai royal family.

Modern-day Bangkok has evolved into a key regional center for finance and business, including many multinational corporations. The city is also known for its vibrant arts and entertainment scene, in addition to its iconic street life and notorious red-light districts.  

With delicious cuisine, intricate temple complexes and exciting local markets, Bangkok provides visitors with a truly unforgettable Southeast Asian experience. Discover more about this fantastic city during APAO 2019!


   APAO Secretariat


APAO Headquarters
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Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-Sen University
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Guangzhou, Guangdong, P.R. China

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