September 2017 | 6th Issue
Congress Party to Feature Malaysian Culture and Traditions
In this Issue

Early Bird Registration Deadline
Scientific Program Highlights
APVRS Congress Party
Visa Assistance
Penang: A Diner's Paradise

Early Bird Registration Deadline

Early Bird

Registration Deadline

Act now! Early bird registration for the 11th Asia-Pacific Vitreo-retina Society (APVRS) Congress ends on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 11:59 pm (GMT+8). Register today to take advantage of the discounted rates.

For more details, please visit http://2017.apvrs.org/registration/.

Scientific Program Highlights

Did you know? The complete program schedule for APVRS 2017 is now available on the Congress website. Delegates can view the different sessions each day of the Congress, or search for individual speakers by name.

Featuring key opinion leaders from around the world, the symposium “When Front and Back Collide: Managing Anterior Segment Surgery Complications” will provide insight and expertise into the management of anterior segment surgical complications. Chairs Prof. Dennis Lam, Dr. Andrew Chang and Dr. Kian Seng Lim will share their experiences in this important symposium scheduled on the afternoon of December 9, 2017, day 2 of the 11th APVRS Congress.


Chaired by Dr. Mun Wai Lee, Dr. Manish Nagpal and Dr. Iwan Sovani, the symposium “Posterior Segment Issues in Cataract Surgery” is scheduled on the morning of December 10, 2017, day 3 of APVRS 2017. This session will bring together an outstanding panel of speakers who will discuss the coexisting diseases or complications, as well as their management, that may be encountered during cataract surgery.


Experience Malaysia’s Best at the APVRS Congress Party


The APVRS Congress Party provides an opportunity for delegates and their guests to mingle among friends new and old. This year, the event’s theme is “Tak kenal maka tak cinta” (ie, one has to meet to fall in love), which is a local Malay saying that beckons visitors to experience Malaysia’s cultural heritage of traditional arts and crafts.

In keeping with these traditions, delegates and their guests can visit hawker-style food stands to sample freshly cooked local delights that represent all the main ethnic groups in Malaysia. The National Dance Troupe will also perform the music and dance of the diverse peoples of Malaysia.

Additionally, interactive handicraft stations will display traditional elements of Malaysian culture, including pewter smithing, wood carving, batik (fabric) painting and more. Delegates can watch demonstrations and get hands-on experience making their own unique souvenirs of Kuala Lumpur.

Tickets to the Congress Party at APVRS 2017 can be purchased through the Congress system or at the registration counter on site. Buy ticket(s) online after registering for the Congress to save US$25 per person!


December 9, 2017 (Saturday)


7:30 – 9:00 pm


Ballroom 1, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre


US$75 per person (on site)

Visa Assistancee

Nationals of many countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond are eligible to enter Malaysia without a visa. For more information, please visit http://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/entry-requirements-into-malaysia.html.

Delegates are reminded that the visa application process may take up to several weeks. To avoid any delay or other issues that could interfere with attending the APVRS Congress, please apply at the earliest convenient time. An invitation letter to accompany the visa application can be generated after logging in to the 2017 APVRS Congress system at http://congress.apvrs.org/.

Penang: A Diner's Paradise

Penang is a beautiful island in northern Malaysia famous for its food, culture and numerous tourist attractions. It is also included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Acclaimed by Lonely Planet as one of the top food destinations in the world, Penang’s cuisine reflects the ethnic mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions in Malaysia. It is especially famous for street food served al fresco.

Must-try dishes include char kuey teow (wok fried rice noodles), Penang laksa (a sour spicy noodle broth that was named one of the best dishes in the world by Lonely Planet), nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk with curry), nasi kandar (a variety of curries with rice), rojak (spicy fruit and vegetable salad) and cendol (a shaved ice dessert featuring palm sugar).

Feeling hungry? Penang-style restaurants can also be found in Kuala Lumpur. Be sure to ask members of our APVRS 2017 co-host, the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology, for their recommendations!


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