April 2016 | 2nd Issue

In This Issue

Welcome Message from APVRS President

Registration & Abstract Submission

Program Overview

Scientific Program Committee

Visa Information

Exploring Bangkok

Welcome Message from APVRS President

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

There has been tremendous growth in the diagnosis and treatment of vitreo-retinal diseases worldwide. The Asia-Pacific region has matched these developments, but peculiarities exist. Because of diverse cultural and socioeconomic structures, eye care priorities are different among the region's 42 countries. Two elements, however, are common: first, the rising trends of certain retinal conditions such as myopia and diabetes and second, the insufficient number and inadequate distribution of skilled eye health providers.

The Asia-Pacific Vitreo-retina Society (APVRS) serves as an excellent platform to address the emerging disease burden and create programs for developing skilled human resources. I welcome you to the 2016 APVRS Congress in Bangkok. It will be a perfect environment to teach and learn, to meet peers and friends, and most importantly, to identify the ways and means of supporting one of the developing countries in the region.

Dr Taraprasad Das
APVRS President
 
 
Registration & Abstract Submission

Early bird registration for the 10th APVRS Congress in Bangkok, Thailand is open through September 30, 2016. Register now at http://2016.apvrs.org/registration/.

This year, registration for the APVRS Congress will be facilitated by the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) APAO ID. For those who already have an APAO ID, you can simply authorize the 10th APVRS Congress to access your profile and contact information. If you do not have an APAO ID, go to http://id.apaophth.org/ to create an account. Please contact the Secretariat Office at secretariat@apvrs.org with any questions.

Abstract submission for APVRS 2016 is open through June 30, 2016. Authors who wish to present free papers, posters, e-posters and/or videos at the 10th APVRS Congress should submit their abstract(s) via the online abstract submission system at http://2016.apvrs.org/online-submission/. Please go through the submission guidelines before you begin. The Selection Committee recommends submitting abstracts as soon as possible to avoid a last-minute rush. Late submissions will not be considered.

Although the Congress will primarily focus on the vitreo-retina subspecialty, a small number of abstracts targeting general ophthalmologists will be considered.

 
 
Program Overview

The 10th APVRS Congress will begin on Thursday, December 8, 2016 and last for 3 days. An overview of the program schedule is available here. More detailed information will be available in due course.

 
 
Scientific Program Committee

The Scientific Program Committee for the 10th APVRS Congress has also been finalized. Together, committee members from the Asia-Pacific and around the world will coordinate 15 invited symposia featuring the latest advancements in the vitreo-retina subspecialty.

 
 
Visa Information

Travelers entering the Kingdom of Thailand must obtain a visa from their local Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General. The APVRS Secretariat can provide a letter of invitation upon request to Congress delegates who need to apply for a visa.

However, nationals of many countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond are eligible to enter Thailand through various visa exemption or visa on arrival schemes, as listed in the table below.

For more information, please visit http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/4908/15405-General-information.html.

Another famous temple, Wat Pho, is also located nearby. It contains the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand, and possibly in the whole world! Feeling tired from too much sightseeing? Don't worry! There is a massage school located inside the temple complex, where you can relax and enjoy a traditional Thai massage.

 
 
Exploring Bangkok

For many visitors to Bangkok, taking a ride in a tuk-tuk is a must. These three-wheeled, open-air taxis are an inexpensive and exciting way to speed around the city. However, there is no taxi meter, so remember to agree on a price before you get in!

Another popular way to see the sights is via Bangkok's canals, either on a public ferry or through an organized tour. The city has been called the "Venice of the East" due to its many waterways fed by the Chao Phraya River.

Canal tours provide beautiful views of the city, including the temple Wat Arun, and give visitors a taste of a more traditional way of life. They often feature a stop at one of Bangkok's floating markets, where vendors sell food and other items from long, narrow boats.

For a more active sightseeing experience, try cycling through Bangkok's side streets. Half- or full-day bicycle tours take visitors around various locations including the historic district, Chinatown and "Bangkok jungle", a semi-island across the river from the city.

 
 
 
 
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