October 2017 | 7th Issue
APVRS 2017 Travel Grant Recipients Announced
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Advance Registration
Scientific Program Highlights
APVRS 2017 Travel Grant Recipients
Kuala Lumpur’s Shopping Scene

    Advance Registration
Advance Registration

Advance registration rates for the 11th Asia-Pacific Vitreo-retina Society (APVRS) Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are now in effect through Friday, November 24, 2017. Please visit http://2017.apvrs.org/registration/ for more information.

    Scientific Program Highlights

Across the Asia-Pacific and around the world, surgeons have shared experiences at some point during their surgical career: adventures or misadventures in the operating room, from beginners to the very experienced, from the newly skilled to those with excellent dexterity. Nonetheless, every experience provides valuable lessons learnt, which in most instances are not described in books.  

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from the experts during the “Video Adventures in the Operating Room” symposium in the afternoon of December 9, 2017. This exciting and interactive session will include valuable surgical pointers and helpful tips shared by an esteemed panel based on their own experiences.


Scheduled for Day 3 of the 11th APVRS Congress, the “Mystery Retina Cases” symposium will involve interactive discussion of interesting retinal cases from around the world. See how the experts arrive at a diagnosis and discuss these challenging and rare conditions.


    APVRS 2017 Travel Grant Recipients

After receiving applications from a number of highly eligible doctors, a total of 5 individuals have been selected as the 2017 APVRS Yasuo Tano Travel Grant awardees. Each vitreo-retinal specialist below will receive US$500 toward their travel expenses to the 11th APVRS Congress in Kuala Lumpur. APVRS congratulates the following recipients:

  ● Jing Feng (China)
  ● Umesh D Bhammarkar (India)
  ● Vishal Govindhari (India)
  ● Nivean Madhivanan (India)
  ● Diva Kant Misra (India)

The Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO), co-host of APVRS 2017, has generously awarded travel grants to the 5 delegates below who will attend the Congress and participate in the submitted program. Each recipient will be presented with MYR$1,000.

  ● Teck Boon Tew (Chinese Taipei)
  ● Shun Kumashiro (Japan)
  ● Jee Yao Loke (Malaysia)
  ● Sor Earn Tan (Malaysia)
  ● Ronald Yu Tiu (Philippines)

Additionally, MSO will present Keshmahinder Singh Travel Grants of MYR$1,000 each to the 10 individuals below. These recipients will also participate in the submitted program of the 11th APVRS Congress.

  ● Pritam Bawankar (India)
  ● Mariam H Doctor (India)
  ● Prateek Kakkar (India)
  ● Mohd Anash Pathan (India)
  ● Meher Tej Ravula (India)

  ● Aditya A Sudhalkar (India)
  ● Wen Yee Lee (Malaysia)
  ● Fatin Nadia Zamawi (Malaysia)
  ● Rajya Laxmi Gurung (Nepal)
  ● Roshija Khanal Rijal (Nepal) 

    Kuala Lumpur’s Shopping Scene

With more than 60 shopping malls located within its city limits, Kuala Lumpur is one of the major shopping destinations in Asia. Shoppers can find priceless antiques, local handicrafts and souvenirs, as well as popular international luxury brands.

One of the city’s premier malls, Suria KLCC, is located right at the bottom of the famous Petronas Twin Towers. It is home to numerous designer shops as well as many popular restaurants.

However, Kuala Lumpur’s most well-known shopping district is Bukit Bintang. Spanning over several main roads, this area includes shops in all price ranges, along with many cafes and al fresco dining options.

Popular shopping malls in Bukit Bintang include Berjaya Times Square, which features an indoor theme park with a 7-storey roller coaster, and Pavilion KL, which is home to former Malaysian prime minister Tun Mahathir bin Mohamad’s Japanese-style bakery called The Loaf. For the technologically inclined, Low Yat Plaza offers all types of electronics, video games and computer accessories.

No matter what you buy, you will need ringgit, the local currency in Malaysia. Foreign currency can be exchanged at major banks and airports, though money changers located in shopping malls may offer better rates. ATMs are also widely available in Kuala Lumpur.

The ringgit’s favorable exchange rate (1 USD = 4.23 MYR) makes shopping in Kuala Lumpur very affordable. Additionally, tourists can enjoy tax-free shopping with Malaysia’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund scheme on purchases from approved vendors. Be sure to save your receipts and claim your refund at the airport!



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