The Armenian EyeCare Project will be hosting one of its biggest annual events a little differently this year as our organization prepares to go virtual. Our annual ophthalmology conference will be held online.
The AECP-CHLA 18th International Conference, organized by the Armenian EyeCare Project (AECP) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Armenia, the World Diabetes Foundation and a number of medical associations in Armenia, will take place on September 23, 2020 and continue to October through a series of online events free for participants around the world.
While the International Conference has been held in Yerevan, Armenia for the past 17 years, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the widely attended international event will be held digitally in 2020, which will give an opportunity to increase the number of conference participants and geographical scope of the event. As well, upon completion of the conference, all its materials and lectures will be stored online and available for access at no cost.
The first portion of the Conference will cover the subject of ophthalmology and will be held from September 23 to September 30. The Conference will begin with a talk from a vitreoretinal expert on September 23. During this talk internationally recognized professionals, together with their Armenian colleagues, will present the modern treatment approaches of retinal eye diseases and will reflect on the issues in this area in a live panel discussion.
As the Conference continues, each day will be devoted to one ophthalmology subspecialty: glaucoma on September 24; neuro-orbital ophthalmology and oculoplastics on September 25; corneal eye diseases on September 26; retinal diseases on September 28; refractive surgery on September 29 and pediatric ophthalmology on September 30.
The AECP will host conference speakers from all over the globe including ophthalmologists from some of the best hospitals and universities in the U.S. and U.K. as well as physicians and medical staff from Armenia. In fact, the AECP’s administrative office in Yerevan has transformed into a partial recording studio as local doctors and medical personnel in Armenia record their talks for the conference there.
At the end of each conference day there will be a discussion session on the subspecialty facilitated both by local and guest speakers. The second portion of the Conference will cover the subject of neonatology and pediatrics and will be aired in mid-October of 2020.