August 2017 | 5th Issue
Hotel Reservation Has Begun
In this Issue

Early Bird Registration Continues
Travel Grant Application Deadline
Scientific Program Highlights
Hotel Reservation Now Open
Petronas Twin Towers: 5 Fun Facts

Early Bird Registration Continues

Early Bird

Registration Continues

Early bird registration for the 11th Asia-Pacific Vitreo-retina Society (APVRS) Congress in Kuala Lumpur, co-hosted by the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology, remains open for all delegates through Saturday, September 30, 2017. Further discounted rates are available for attendees from developing countries as well as trainees.

Groups of more than 5 delegates are encouraged to take advantage of the group registration process. For more information, please visit

Travel Grant Application Deadline

Travel Grant

Application Deadline

Don’t delay! The deadline to apply for travel grants to the 11th APVRS Congress is fast approaching on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 11:59 pm (GMT+8).

This year, APVRS will offer a total of 5 travel grants to young vitreo-retinal specialists in the Asia-Pacific region. Additionally, the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology, co-host of APVRS 2017, will award up to 15 more travel grants to delegates whose presentations (free paper, poster or video) have been accepted by the Scientific Program Committee of the 11th APVRS Congress.

Act now! Submit your travel grant application today after logging in to the APVRS Congress system. More details about travel grants for APVRS 2017 are available at http://2017.apvrs.org/travel-grant/.

Scientific Program Highlights

Ever-changing technologies and new research results can create controversies regarding the appropriate management of different vitreo-retinal conditions. Two symposia at the 11th APVRS Congress aim to resolve such debates and provide suggestions to help ophthalmologists choose the best methods for their own practices.

Scheduled on Day 1 (December 8), the “Controversies in Retina” symposium will feature key opinion leaders discussing different management options for proliferative diabetic retinopathy, persistent diabetic macular edema and postoperative endophthalmitis. Compelling arguments will be presented, accompanied by commentary from moderators Prof. Neil Bressler, Prof. Taiji Sakamoto and Dr. Nor Fariza Ngah.


Start your morning on Day 2 (December 9) of the 11th APVRS Congress with the “Controversies, Challenges and Evidence on Management of Diabetic Retinopathy Including DME” symposium, which will cover screening strategies for diabetic retinopathy, along with current and emerging treatments for diabetic macular edema. It will also feature the latest updates from the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network trials from Profs. Neil and Susan Bressler.


Hotel Reservation Now Open

Hotel reservation for the 11th APVRS Congress in Kuala Lumpur is now open to all paid delegates. Connected to Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) by covered walkway, the 4-star Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur by Shangri-La is the official hotel of the 2017 APVRS Congress.

Congress organizers have secured competitive rates for delegates at a number of different hotels located near KLCC, including the Grand Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental and Impiana Hotel, which are also connected to the convention center by covered walkways.

Additionally, the Congress website features a list of other nearby hotels, some of which are also within walking distance to KLCC, such as Novotel Kuala Lumpur. Please note that shuttle service to the Congress venue from these alternative hotel options will not be provided.

Don’t delay, register today! Only paid delegates for the 11th APVRS Congress can make hotel reservations after logging in to the online Congress system.

Petronas Twin Towers: 5 Fun Facts

Everyone has seen stunning images of Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers, but what do you know about the history of these landmarks? Check out these 5 interesting facts!

1. The towers were designed by renowned Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli and completed in 1996.

2. From 1996 to 2004, the towers were the tallest in the world. Now they are the tallest twin towers in the world.

3. The towers are joined by a sky bridge at level 41. Limited tickets to visit this area can be purchased on site.

4. The foundations of the twin towers are the deepest in the world. The total weight of the concrete used in the foundations is 35,800 tons.

5. To ensure that the towers were completed on schedule in 6 years, the Malaysian government awarded the contract for the construction of Tower 1 to a Japanese company with Tower 2 constructed by a South Korean firm. Thus ensued an epic race to be the first to complete the towers! To find out which company won, be sure to visit the iconic Twin Towers during APVRS 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.


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