History


Sydney APAO meeting sees historic merger of regional glaucoma groups

The Asia Pacific Glaucoma Society was formed by the joining of the South East Asia Glaucoma Interest Group (SEAGIG), Asia-Oceanic Glaucoma Society (AOGS) and Asian Angle Closure Glaucoma Club (AACGC). The historic agreement was signed at the APAO meeting in Sydney in March 2011.

Negotiations for the merger were lead by Paul Healey (SEAGIG Treasurer and AOGS Regional Representative) and conducted over 3 years, culminating in the signing ceremony in Sydney. “Each society has its own unique culture and focus” said Professor Healey. “Bringing them together required finding a path which everyone was happy to follow but also leading to an organisation greater than those it replaces.”

A committee comprising the Presidents and Secretaries of SEAGIG, AOGS and AACGC developed the aims and structure of the Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Society over numerous meetings. The committee comprised Prin Rojanapongpun and SK Fang from SEAGIG, Makoto Araie and Catherine Liu from AOGS, and Tetsua Yamamoto and Ki Ho Park from AACGC. A joint SEAGIG/AOGS/AACGC Board then worked through the issues.

As part of the new spirit of co-operation, Taipei hosted the first ever joint scientific meeting of the three societies in December 2010. This was also the deadline for everyone to agree to proceed with the merger and formation of the Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Society. A Steering committee chaired by Professor Healey oversaw the final steps in the formation of the Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Society as a legal entity and registered charity.

Members of the Joint Board included:

  • Manuel Agulto (MA), SEAGIG Immediate Past President, AOGS regional representative, AACGC regional representative
  • Norman Aquino (NA), SEAGIG Board member
  • Makoto Araie (MKA), AOGS President, SEAGIG Board member
  • Tin Aung (TA), SEAGIG Board member, AACGC regional representative
  • Paul Chew TK (PC), SEAGIG Board member
  • Clement CY Tham (CT), SEAGIG Vice President, AOGS regional representative, AACGC regional representative
  • Ivan Goldberg (IG), SEAGIG Board member, AOGS Board member
  • Paul Healey (PH), SEAGIG Treasurer, Moderator
  • Ki Ho Park (KHP), AACGC Secretary, SEAGIG Board member
  • Tsing Hong Wang (THW), AACGC Board member
  • Chul Hong (CH), AACGC Advisor
  • Baasankhuu Jamyanjav (BJ), AACGC regional representative
  • Gong Je Seong (GJS), AOGS Board member
  • Ge Jian (GJ), AOGS Board member
  • Seng Kheong Fang (SKF), SEAGIG Secretary, AOGS regional representative, AACGC regional representative
  • Yoshiaki Kitazawa (YK), AOGS Board member, AACGC Advisor
  • Ching Lin Ho (CLH), SEAGIG Board member
  • Catherine Liu (CL), AOGS Secretary
  • Hiromu Mishima (HM), AOGS Board member
  • Prin Rojanapongpun (PR), SEAGIG President, AACGC Vice President
  • Steve Seah (SS), AOGS Board member
  • Ramanjit Sihota (RS), SEAGIG Board member, AACGC regional representative
  • Ikke Sumantri (IS), SEAGIG Board member
  • Por T Hung (PTH), AOGS Board member, AACGC Advisor
  • Ravi Thomas (RT), SEAGIG Board member
  • Goji Tomita (GT), AACGC regional representative
  • Ningli Wang (NW), SEAGIG Board member, AACGC Board member, AOGS regional representative
  • Da Wen Lu (DWL), SEAGIG Board member
  • Tetsuya Yamamoto (TY), AACGC President, SEAGIG Board member
  • Yong Yeon Kim (YYK), AACGC Board member
  • Kwou Yeung Wu (KYW), AACGC Board member

Prof Makoto Ariae, President of the AOGS signs the merger document watched (from right to left) by Profs Paul Healey (Chairman APGS Steering Committee), Prin Roganapongpun (President SEAGIG), Dennis Lam (Secretary General APAO), Ivan Goldberg (APAO Congress President) and Paul Chew (Editor Asian Journal of Ophthalmology)

Prof Makoto Ariae, President of the AOGS signs the merger document watched (from right to left) by Profs Paul Healey (Chairman APGS Steering Committee), Prin Roganapongpun (President SEAGIG), Dennis Lam (Secretary General APAO), Ivan Goldberg (APAO Congress President) and Paul Chew (Editor Asian Journal of Ophthalmology)

history2 history3 Members of the newly formed APGS Board are joined by APAO Executives and guests to witness signing of the merger agreement.

Members of the newly formed APGS Board are joined by APAO Executives and guests to witness signing of the merger agreement.