Your WGA Update for January

We have exciting news to start 2020: leadership changes at the WGA, new WGC-2019 videos and the latest JoG Paper of the Month video. Also: find out how our 2019 Fellowship Program alumnus in Ethiopia now has a SLT in her hospital. Which is a great reminder to ophthalmologists from Sub-Saharan Africa to submit your application for the 2021 Fellowship Program, more details in this newsletter as well.  

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Leadership changes at the WGA

2020 starts with welcoming a new WGA President: Fabian Lerner, Professor of Ophthalmology, University Favaloro School of Medical Sciences in Buenos Aires, Argentina (pictured on the left).

The new President Elect is Neeru Gupta, Professor of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada. 

New members of the WGA Board of Governors per 2020 are Nkiru Kizor - Akaraiwe (Nigeria), Pradeep Ramulu (United States of America) and Xinghuai Sun (China).

For a complete overview of the current Board of Governors and Executive Committee, please click the following links:

WGC-2019 videos: Education Committee Selections

Throughout the year we will be releasing content from the World Glaucoma Congress in Melbourne (WGC-2019) on the Educational Portal. Click here to access the portal and get free access to all the WGC-2013, WGC-2015 and WGC-2017 recordings. WGC-2019 participants have free access to all the Melbourne recorded sessions as well!
The Education Committee carefully selects presentations from the WGC-2019 for your benefit. This month Eytan Blumenthal introduces the sessions: Analyzing the evidence,  Going with the flow? OCT-A and other emerging technologies in glaucoma management and Updating the evidence on MIGS. 

Analyzing the evidence

Three interesting talks discuss statistical analysis concepts as they pertain to medicine and glaucoma. This session will assist you in brushing up your statistical understanding to become a more critical reader (and writer), and sharpen your ability to extract clinically meaningful conclusions from statistically meaningful data.
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Going with the flow? OCT-A and other emerging technologies in glaucoma management

Five fascinating talks describe OCT angiography as it pertains to glaucoma, from the very basics to its clinical potential in glaucoma diagnosis and follow-up for progression.
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Updating the evidence on MIGS

Six excellent talks analyze outcomes of MIGS surgical procedures.
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Watch the JoG Paper of the Month video!

The Journal of Glaucoma (JoG) is an official publication of the WGA. Every month the WGA Associate Advisory Board selects the Paper of the Month. 

Our guest for the fifth episode is Nikhil Bommakanti from the University of Michigan Kellog Eye Center, USA. 

His paper aims to identify baseline factors associated with faster rates of visual field worsening.

For all the videos, go to

Get ready for the 2021 Fellowship Program

Don't miss the January 31, 2020 deadline to submit your application for the 2021 Fellowship Program.

The Fellowship Program is organized to help promising young ophthalmologists from Sub-Saharan Africa improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology and glaucoma.

A unique opportunity to: 

  • attend the World Glaucoma Congress in Kyoto, Japan
  • continued by 3 months of training at a Japanese institute (in English)

We invite you to visit the WGA website to learn more about the requirements and how to apply.

SLT for WGA Fellow in Ethiopia

We are proud to announce that there is a brand new SLT in the hospital of Dr Lemlem Tamrat, one of the 5 Fellows who trained in Australia. Read the start of her message down below and the complete story on the WGA website.

"I am so honored to write this e-mail to the WGA. As you all know I am one of the five Fellows of the 2019 WGA Fellowship Program, held in Australia April to June 2019. I have been with Prof. Jamie Craig in Adelaide SA. After my Australia stay, I was able to get hands-on training on glaucoma at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO), Nepal for five more months. My training is still going on and I will be a certified glaucomatologist after two months.

At the end of our WGA Australia fellowship, we had a lovely two-day gathering at Sydney Eye Hospital where we had an opportunity to meet other mentors and guests. It is at that meeting that we met Dr. Geoffery, a very kind and humble man. Since then he was communicating with all of us (five Fellows from Africa) to help us to get a SLT machine." 

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