IACLE Global Member Newsletter April 2017


Still time to apply for 2017 IACLE Congress travel bursary

15 April is the new deadline for applications for travel bursaries to attend the 2017IACLE Congress on Contact Lens Education, to be held at the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India from 9-10 September. Registration will remain open after the deadline for travel bursaries. Participation for members attending the Congress is facilitated by IACLE, thanks the generous support of our Industry Partners Alcon, CooperVision and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies. The Congress is timed to coincide with the 2nd World Congress of Optometry, also in Hyderabad (11-13 September), where IACLE will be providing the contact lens stream.

Download application forms and view a draft program here

Register now for IACLE/BUCCLE Education Day in Liverpool

The Pullman Liverpool Hotel on Liverpool’s world famous waterfront will be the venue for the IACLE/BUCCLE Education Day on 8 June, to precede the British Contact Lens Association’s 40th Clinical Conference (9-11 June). The one-day program of lectures and discussion will be followed by an evening Drinks Reception for all attendees, hosted by BCLA. Attendance at Education Day is free of charge to all contact lens educators and university/college clinic supervisors, thanks to the support of BUCCLE.

Find details and a draft program here. Email s.allen@iacle.org to register your interest in attending

NEW  Educators from Colombia and India to join AOCLE workshop

Thanks to support from IACLE and the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE), Dr Lina María Rodríguez Cely from the Federación Colombiana de Optómetras, Colombia and Premjit Bhakat from Manipal University, India will represent IACLE at the annual AOCLE workshop (1-4 June). ‘The bad, the good and the technology’ is the title for this industry-sponsored event, hosted by the University of Missouri – St Louis College of Optometry. Pictured is last year’s workshop in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Find out more about AOCLE’s activities and its annual workshop here

NEW  Members in Palestine extend IACLE’s reach in Middle East

IACLE has established a presence in Palestine for the first time, with Dr Liana Labadi (pictured left) – Head of Optometry at An-Najah National University in Nablus – and Dr Ithar Beshtawi (right) becoming members. IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo travelled to Palestine in March with his colleague at Aston University in Birmingham, UK Dr Frank Eperjesi. The trip was funded by an EU Erasmus Mobility grant. ‘IACLE has committed members there who are very active although working in difficult circumstances. We hope to continue our collaboration with them,’ said Shehzad. In April, Dr Labadi and Dr Mohammad Shehadeh (Head of Ophthalmology at An-Najah) are visiting Aston University to further links with external partners.

Could you soon be joining our list of IACLE Fellows?

Our directory of current Fellows of IACLE has been updated and is now available on our website. If you would like to join them, register now for this year’s IACLE Fellowship Exam. All existing and new IACLE members can sit the exam. A successful outcome means members can apply for Fellowship and, if eligible, use the affix FIACLE after their names. Register by 30 June to take part in the exam, which will be held on 4 November. All candidates this year will sit a written exam.

Click here for details, here for the step-by-step guide and here for our updated directory of FIACLEs

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