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    ASCRS hits ‘La La Land’ for 2017 annual meeting

    Anterior segment specialists gear up for key lecture with astronaut Scott Kelly

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    The 2017 meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) will be held May 5 to 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, but at least one guest speaker will be sharing his “out-of-this-world” experiences.

    Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly—who spent nearly a year on the International Space Station—will give the ASCRS Lecture on Science, Medicine and Technology at the annual meeting’s Sunday Summit, May 7, from 10 to 11 a.m.  

    Kelly is known for spending more time in space than any other American. He served two long-duration space station missions and two shorter-duration shuttle missions between 1999 and 2015. On his yearlong mission (March 2015 to March 2016), Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko conducted experiments, reconfigured station modules, and educated the world from space.

    Kelly will share life lessons and personal stories that provide valuable advice on pushing one’s limits, the leadership and teamwork required in demanding conditions, and the challenges of his experiences, according to ASCRS.

    The Lecture on Science, Medicine and Technology is designed to be a forum for expanding and enriching appreciation of fields of science and medicine beyond ophthalmology.


    Meeting overview

    The annual meeting--held in conjunction with the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA)--is promoted as the largest U.S. meeting that integrates a scientific program dedicated to the needs of the anterior segment specialist with a leading practice management program for comprehensive ophthalmology and subspecialties.

    Registration brings attendees access to 1,300 ASCRS and ASOA presentations and online post-meeting resources.

    The 2017 annual meeting also will be a joint meeting with the Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and will include a Technicians and Nurses Program from May 6 to 8, as well as special programming and events for Young Eye Surgeons--a group for residents, fellows, and surgeons with less than 5 years in practice. In addition to traditional presentations and sessions, attendees also have access to roundtables, consultations, and legislative/regulatory updates.

    The exhibit hall provides an additional opportunity to interact with more than 300 exhibitors. Visit Ophthalmology Times at booth 1803.

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