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In an effort to stimulate research at the Pan-American level and recognize the efforts of our young investigators, the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) has been organizing the Pan-American Research Day, in conjunction with the important partnerships with the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and with Allergan Latin America, for the past several years and it has become an exciting tradition.

  1. There is no entrance fee for this event: it is free! The meeting is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 12:00 noon to 6 pm in Honolulu, Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawaii, 651 Ilalo Street, Medical Education Bldg, 3rd Floor, Rooms 301 and 304. Even though there is no entrance fee, it is necessary to register for this meeting so we may prepare your name badge and program materials. The deadline for Registration is April 15, 2018.

  2. If you have had a presentation accepted by ARVO 2018, we would like to offer you the possibility to present your work at our Pan-American Research Day meeting. The PAAO will feature two rooms for presentations: anterior and posterior segment papers. Offering two rooms will double your chances to be able to present your work.

    Due to the popularity of this event, we always receive more requests to present than there are time slots available, so there is a review and selection process. If you are selected to be a program participant, you will be presenting your work in a speed presentation format: three minutes for presentation and two minutes for discussion. The language for presentation is English.

    Submission deadline to participate in the program is March 15, 2018.

  3. The PAAO is offering traveling awards and scholarships!! A total of four (4) travel awards, in the amount of $1,500 each, will be presented this year. Please see the scholarships page or search keyword PARD 2018 for rules, restrictions and the application forms. If you have previously received an award from the Pan-American, you do not qualify to apply for an additional award.

    The deadline for submitting your travel grant application is March 15, 2018Remember, one award per person. If you have already received a travel award from ARVO or PAAO to attend this meeting, you do not qualify to apply for a PAAO award. Please see the link for all the rules and restrictions. You must be present to win.

Mark your calendar to plan to come one day early to attend/participate! This is a free event! We hope that you will partake in this opportunity to share your work and experience.


Dr. Jorge Valdez
Chair, Organizing Committee

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Keynote Speakers


Beatriz Rodriguez, MD PhD

Professor, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii


Honolulu, HI  USA


Lecture: Diabetes and its complications, including diabetic retinopathy



Steve Charles, MD

Founder, The Charles Retina Institute

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee

Memphis, TN  USA


Lecture: Macular Patch Graft

April 28th, 2018 12:00 PM   through   6:00 PM
John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawaii
651 Ilalo Street, Medical Education Bldg, 3rd floor, Rooms 301 & 304
Honolulu, HI 96813
United States

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