Messages from the Presidents

President, International Council of Ophthalmology

Bruce E. Spivey, MD, MS, MEd
President, International Council of Ophthalmology

Bruce E. Spivey, MD, MS, MEd

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) and the over 200,000 ophthalmologists worldwide, it is my honor and pleasure to invite you to the 2014 World Ophthalmology Congress®, the "must attend" global meeting in ophthalmology.

The WOC2014 is sponsored by the ICO and hosted by the Japanese Ophthalmological Society (JOS) and co-hosted by the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO). Bringing together the over 100 member societies of the ICO and ophthalmologists from around the world, the WOC2014 will feature world-renowned speakers and exhibits featuring companies displaying the newest products and services in the ophthalmic industry. The comprehensive scientific program will cover all subspecialties of ophthalmology, as well as advances in ophthalmic education and eye care. You may expect a world-class congress, matching those in Abu Dhabi (2012), Berlin (2010), Hong Kong (2008), and Sao Paulo (2006). You cannot afford to miss this global gathering!

Tokyo is the vibrant capital of Japan. With over 12 million people in the official metropolitan area alone, Tokyo is the core of the most populated urban area in the world, Greater Tokyo. This huge, wealthy, and fascinating metropolis brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan, and has something for everyone. April in Tokyo means magnificent cherry blossoms. The graceful, pink blossoms are a potent symbol equated with the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.

The ICO, the JOS, and APAO assure you an exciting and educationally superior meeting, and I look forward to seeing you in Tokyo in April 2014.

With best regards,

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President, WOC2014

President, WOC2014
Tetsuro Oshika, M.D.
Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba

Tetsuro Oshika, M.D.,Ph.D.

On behalf of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society (JOS), I am pleased to invite you to the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) 2014 in Tokyo. We are so excited to have the honor of hosting this prestigious international congress in early April, Japan's best season, when you can enjoy pleasant, moderate weather and beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom.

There certainly is no city more exciting than Tokyo. This ever-changing metropolis has long been the focus of the world's attention as a tourist and business destination. Our congress venues, the Tokyo International Forum and the Imperial Hotel, are located in the center of the city within walking distance from Tokyo Station, our principal railway station and the city's gateway.

Between the congress' scientific program and Japan's fascinating culture, you can be rest assured that the WOC2014 will be a truly enjoyable and satisfying experience.

With our traditional heartfelt hospitality, we welcome you to Tokyo and look forward to seeing you here.

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President, APAO2014

President, APAO2014
Makoto Araie, M.D.
Director, Kanto Central Hospital
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo

Tetsuro Oshika, M.D.,Ph.D.

On behalf of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) and the Japanese Ophthalmological Society (JOS), it gives me great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to the 29th APAO Congress, which is to be held in Tokyo in combination with the 34th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in 2014.

This congress has been many years in the making and we've done our absolute utmost to ensure this event will be a great success. By holding the 29th APAO in Tokyo in combination with the 34th WOC, we can provide a more comprehensive scientific program of events, covering a broad spectrum of ophthalmology issues from the understanding and management of eye diseases to skills in the treatment of patients and the effective delivery of eye care. We've also added a range of social events to further enrich your experience, providing you with a better chance to enjoy the comforts of Japanese hospitality and making your visit all the more memorable. We hope you'll accept our invitation. See you in Tokyo for the 29th APAO/34th WOC2014.

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Chair, WOC2014 Scientific Program Committee

Peter Wiedemann, MD
Chair, WOC2014 Scientific Program Committee
International Council of Ophthalmology

Peter Wiedemann, MD

It is my pleasure to invite you to the 2014 World Ophthalmology Congress ® (WOC) in Tokyo, Japan. This meeting is the "must attend" global ophthalmology meeting.

We are planning an outstanding scientific program organized by worldwide ophthalmic experts in 35 subspecialties and topics. With dedication and hard work, these experts have organized more than 500 scientific sessions, including symposia, case studies, didactics, and interactive programs. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 will be dedicated to a subspecialty day featuring the latest scientific breakthroughs in Glaucoma, Retina, Cataract, Oculoplasty, Pediatric Ophthalmology, and Refractive Surgery.

More than 2000 internationally recognized speakers will present their latest work and scientific innovations to a diverse audience. More than 50 ICO member societies and allied organizations have organized educational sessions with a variety of exciting topics. In addition, a brand new symposium series of all the latest ophthalmological innovations and scientific research in the last year will be presented in 2014.

The WOC2014 will be held at a beautiful time in Tokyo, with the cherry blossoms setting a nice background for this truly international meeting.

I encourage you to join us in Tokyo for the WOC2014.

With best regards,

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