From the WGA Executive Office

Dear IGR readers,

The WGA extends our gratitude and holiday greetings to you and all of our members and supporters. Many thanks for your dedication to your glaucoma patients and for improving glaucoma care.

Although these past couple years have been a very challenging period for all, we look forward to continuing to provide quality education and support to our members and patients. The World Glaucoma Association has numerous activities planned to support your medical education and surgical skills improvement in 2022. We also have opportunities for your patients to become better educated about their glaucoma.

The many educational initiatives that will be launched or expanded in the coming year include:

  1. The WGA Surgical Grand Rounds ‒ a new series of webinars focused on surgical challenges that glaucoma specialists are likely to face; the first webinar will take place on January 27.
  2. The Fundamental Questions in Glaucoma Video Lectures ‒ a short series of lectures on the Fundamental Questions in Glaucoma geared towards medical students, optometrists, ophthalmology residents and fellows, ophthalmologists, clinician-scientists, nurses, and allied ophthalmic personnel, as well as industry colleagues.
  3. The WGA Global Webinar series – our popular series will continue for 2022 to address clinically relevant glaucoma topics which can help your clinical practice, as you learn from the world’s leading experts; our next webinar will be on February 12.
  4. The World Glaucoma E-Congress 2021 (Beyond Borders) symposia and courses – WGA members who registered for the meeting will have full access to all sessions from the successful congress; selected symposia will be featured for viewing by all members each month.
  5. World Glaucoma Week (March 6-12) ‒ we are looking forward to expanded in-person screenings and educational activities.

You can find our full calendar of events for the coming year on our website:

On behalf of the WGA Board of Governors, Executive Committee, and Executive Office, we wish you a great new year, success in your mission and good health for 2022.

Get to know us

Alex Huang

Alex Huang

Hello, from sunny Southern California! My name is Alex Huang, and I am the senior Co-chair of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) Associate Advisory Board (AAB). As a complex year comes to an end, we now look forward to a great 2022 with a myriad of WGA and WGA-AAB activities and projects.

I recently joined the University for California, San Diego (UCSD), Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology, and Shiley Eye Institute as an Associate Professor and the Alfred Vogt Chair of Ophthalmology. My research interests are in fluid flow in the body and eye. This has led me to imaging aqueous humor outflow in the trabecular and subconjunctival outflow pathways for glaucoma therapeutics as well as to study and develop countermeasures for Spaceflight Associated Neuroocular Syndrome which is felt to be due to total body fluid shift toward the head in a microgravity environment. An important aspect of my research has been the opportunity tackle these challenging topics with brilliant clinicians and scientists across the world.

The WGA brings together the best glaucoma clinicians, clinician-scientists, and scientists in a singular community. The WGA is the official partner of the Journal of Glaucoma (JOG) and puts together consensus statements, the International Glaucoma Review, webinars, instructional material, and the biennial World Glaucoma Congress (WGC). WGA members can contribute to the association via a myriad of committees. I have been privileged to participate in the Consensus (2019) and WGC Program (2019 and 2021) committees and now to be the senior Co-chair of the AAB which I have been involved with since 2019. Looking forward, key AAB projects include our continued Paper of the Month collaboration with JOG and an International Mentoring Program under development.

In the end, the WGA is our community and has been an instrumental part of my career that I have benefitted from and contributed to. I look forward to a great 2022 for everyone with continued WGA programs, collaboration, and success.

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