VisionScienceList: Myopia conference; call for papers
Fri, 3 Dec 1999 09:52:39 -0500

VIII International Conference on Myopia

Friday, July 7 through Sunday July 9, 2000
The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Hosted by: The New England College of Optometry and Schepens Eye Research

Deadline for all submissions: February 16, 2000

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conference updates or get on our mailing list by emailing your name and
address to

The scientific program will feature both paper and poster sessions on the
following major topics in myopia research:

* Epidemiology
* Genetics
* Animal Models
* Biological Mechanisms
* Ocular Aberrations
* Accommodation and Convergence
* Visual Performance
* Refractive Surgery
* Clinical Trials
* Pharmacological Treatments

Paper sessions will include both original papers by participants (with
assigned discussants) and review papers by keynote speakers.

Posters will be featured prominently at the conference and will be on
display for the duration of the meeting. Specific times will be designated
when presenters will be available for questions and discussion.

Abstracts of accepted papers and posters will be published in the Advance
Program of the meeting. All abstracts, and papers, including illustrations,
will be published in the conference proceedings, Myopia: 2000.

(see web page for additional details)

* Submissions covering original, unpublished work on any aspect of myopia
will be considered for presentation. Authors should indicate their
preference for paper or poster presentation on the submission form. Paper
presentations will be subject to the availability of time slots.

* Send all submissions to:
Myopia 2000
New England College of Optometry
424 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02115

* Preparing Abstracts and Articles
All submissions require a 200 word abstract and a 2-5 page article to be
published in the conference proceedings - Myopia 2000.

Abstracts and Articles should follow a standard format:

The title of the presentation should be highlighted in bold and appear at
the top of the paper in upper- and lower-case letters, followed by the
author's names and affiliations. Please include the address, telephone and
fax numbers, and email address of the first author.

Abstracts should be written in ARVO/IOVS style with purpose, method,
results and conclusion sections.

Articles should follow a standard format with introduction, methods,
results, discussion, and references. Section headings should be highlighted
in bold. Text, equations, drawings, figures and references should be
included in the article. References should appear at the end of the article
in the format used by Vision Research.

Since submitted material will be reproduced directly by photo offset,
please follow these guidelines:

* Use a 6.5 x 9 inch (16.5 x 22.9 cm) print area on white bond paper.
* Use 12-point Times Roman font for text and 10 point Helvetica or Arial
fonts for figures.
* Include tables and figures in the body of the text with captions, exactly
as they are to be reproduced for the proceedings publication.
* All submitted material must be accompanied by a completed Submission Form
and Copyright Agreement (see web page or Call for Papers Brochure), and
must be received by February 16, 2000 for review by the program committee.


SAVE MONEY! Pre-Register by June 2, 2000 and save US$100. To pre-register
for the meeting, please return the enclosed registration form with your
payment by June 2. Forms not accompanied by payment will not be processed.

The registration fee includes admission to the technical sessions and
exhibits, the conference reception, refreshment breaks, and one copy of
Myopia: 2000.
On or Before After June 2
June 2 and On Site

Registrant US$300 US$400
Student Registrant US$100 US$150

Full-time students (postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate) are entitled
to the same privileges as a regular registrant. Student identification must
be presented at the reception desk. Forms received after June 2 will be
charged the on-site fee.

Additional copies of Myopia 2000 will be available at the conference for US$40.


The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
138 St. James Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

The Fairmont Copley Plaza, one of America's grand hotels since 1912, is
located in Boston's historic Back Bay district overlooking Copley Square.
The hotel is within walking distance of the Copley Place and Prudential
Center shopping malls and Newbury Street, which is well known for its fine
dining, designer boutiques and sidewalk cafes. The Charles River Esplanade,
Boston Common, Theatre District, Museum of Fine Arts, and Freedom Trail are
also located nearby.

Reserving a Hotel Room:
Rooms have been reserved at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel for the
convenience of meeting attendees. The discount rate for the conference is
US$179 per night for single/double rooms plus tax (currently 12.4%).
Meeting rates are in effect from Thursday, July 6 until Monday, July 10.
Reservations can be made until June 2 by contacting the hotel and
requesting the Myopia 2000 meeting rates. A limited number of rooms are
available at this rate so attendees are urged to reserve their rooms early.

Toll-free reservation number: 800-527-4727
Phone: 617-267-5300
Fax: 617-247-6681.
Information is also available on the internet at


International Organizing Committee:
Hans C. Fledelius, M.D., Rigshospitalet, Denmark
Ian Flitcroft, Ph.D., University of Dublin, Ireland
Ernst W.M. Goldschmidt, M.D., Hilleroed Sygehus, Denmark
Por Hung, M.D., National Taiwan University Hospital, Taiwan
Dennis S.C. Lam, M.D., Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Neville McBrien. Ph.D., The University of Melbourne, Australia
Frank Schaeffel, Ph.D., University of Tubington, Germany
Jacob Sivak, Ph.D., University of Waterloo, Canada
Takashi Tokoro, M.D., Tokyo Medical and Dental School of Medicine, Japan
Josh Wallman, Ph.D., City University of New York, USA
Maurice Yap, Ph.D., Hong Kong Polytechnic

Boston Organizing Committee:
Frank Thorn, O.D., Ph.D., Chairman, The New England College of Optometry
Steven Burns, Ph.D., Schepens Eye Research Institute
Anne Fulton, M.D., Children's Hospital
Jane Gwiazda, Ph.D., The New England College of Optometry
Richard Held, Ph.D., New England College of Optometry
Eli Peli, M.S., O.D., Schepens Eye Research Institute
David Troilo, Ph.D., The New England College of Optometry
Janey Wiggs, M.D., Ph.D., Tufts New England Medical Center