Argentina chapter celebrates 8th annual meeting at PAAO

Originally published in the Summer/Fall 2011 issue of ARVONews


The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology of Argentina (AIVO), an ARVO International Chapter Affiliate, celebrated its eighth annual meeting on July 6 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This meeting took place as a pre-meeting of the 29th Pan-American Congress of Ophthalmology, held by the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) at the Centro de Convenciones Costa Salguero.

The AIVO meeting attracted more than 100 local ophthalmologists and academic researchers. In addition, several ophthalmologists and researchers from neighboring Latin American countries, such as Brazil, Chile, México, Paraguay and Uruguay, also participated. Joanne Angle, ARVO executive director, together with Juan Gallo, MD, AIVO vice president and meeting chairman, opened the meeting by welcoming the attendees and emphasizing ARVO’s support for international chapter affiliate activities.

The speakers at the two keynote lectures were Rubens Belfort, MD, PhD, from the Vision Institute, Federal University of São Pablo, Brazil, an ARVO member and international renowned clinical scientist, and Lucia Policastro from Argentina’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONICET).

Belfort’s lecture was on “Education of clinical and basic researchers in visual sciences: A challenging task for Latino America.” Policastro talked about “New trends in the use of nanoparticles for medical diagnosis
and treatment.”

Participants at the meeting presented their latest research in over 30 scientific presentations. A special session, “Stem cell therapy in patients,” was coordinated by Marta Barone, president of the Ethical Committee of the National Institute for the Coordination of Transplantations (INCUCAI).

As a closing activity, a panel convened to discuss vision research in Latin America, including networking,
funding and patents. Panelists, who were from Brazil, México, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, spoke about how their respective countries addressed these issues.

ARVO booth at PAAO

For the first time, ARVO exhibited at the main PAAO meeting. Members of the Argentina, Brazil and Mexico chapters spent time at the ARVO exibit booth with Angle to talk to attendees and hand out materials that were prepared in English and in Spanish. 

AIVO officers and Angle were also interviewed by a reporter from Diario Clarin (a local Buenos Aires newspaper) on the benefits of AIVO’s research efforts in nanotechnology. 

Angle also attended an International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) sponsored workshop aimed at helping researchers in Latin America become advocates and work with the ICO to increase support for eye care and prevention of vision loss in their countries.

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