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Report on Musha-shugyo: Sujin Hoshi

Period: February 14 - 21, 2012

Venue: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Conference: WOC 2012; World Ophthalmology Congress

World Ophthalmology Congress 2012 report

   I would like to give a report on the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) 2012 which was held between February 16 and 20 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Musha-Shugo program in 2012 gave me support to participate.
   The World Ophthalmology Congress was held in 1857 for the first time and has a deep history. It is held every 2 years and is a precious place for ophthalmologists from all over the world to present their research results nowadays. Since it took place in the Middle East, many of the participants were from India and China, which is different from the World Congress in America and Europe.

   The system was that each presenter had to register his or her poster in Power Point format beforehand, and the participants viewed it on a large sized display that was installed in the hall. This time, I gave a poster presentation titled "Changes over time in the flare in the anterior chamber after vitreoretinal surgery for proliferative diabetic retinopathy". Since there was no regulation to have a question and answer session, unfortunately, we did not have lively discussions with the participants and the presenters. However, when I posted my poster on the display, I received a question from a professor from India about the content of my presentation. The equipment which I used in my research was pioneered in Japan, so it was the questioning professor's first time to know about this equipment and he seemed to be interested in it. In addition, by browsing the posters about the vitreoretinal field which is related to my presentation, I was able to gain valuable information such as, new surgical procedures which have not been done in Japan. There were many oral presentations, as well. There were presentations and discussions at the Vitreoretinal surgery session, relate to rhegmatogenous retinal detachment, on the differences of surgical outcomes from various surgical techniques by top notch vitreoretinal surgeons. Two of the seven presenters in the session were Japanese, so that I felt the height of Japan's level in this field.

   I participated in the cultural night which was held by the congress during the exhibition. Traditional Arabian dance and instruments were presented as well as local cuisine, so that I was able to come in touch with Arabian culture.
   It was a very meaningful experience to know the direction of the same field of research in different countries by participating in the WOC 2012, and disseminating my research outcome through presenting in the international conference. By making the best use of this experience, I hope to be able to disseminate and collect even more useful information after 2 years of WOC 2014 in Tokyo.
   Last but not least, I give warmest thanks to those professors and secretariats who have supported me.

(From Musha-shugyo Report)


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Abu Dhabi international convention center
Scene at the opening ceremony

Welcome dance at the Cultural Night


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