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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2017
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
240-221-2905
jamesj@eyeresearch.org

AEVR ANNOUNCES THE THIRD ANNUAL
EMERGING VISION SCIENTISTS DAY
ON CAPITOL HILL

(Washington, D.C.) The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) announced that the Third Annual Emerging Vision Scientists (EVS) Day on Capitol Hill will be held on September 13, 2017. Held during International Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week 2017 and Healthy Aging Month, the events include a Congressional Briefing on AMD and an evening reception in which 20 EVSs (see below) will display posters of their breakthrough research. On September 14 and under the auspices of NAEVR, the EVSs will meet with their Congressional delegations to discuss the importance of funding for early-stage investigators.

To RSVP for the AMD Briefing or evening EVS reception, contact Dina Beaumont at dinabeau@aol.com or 202-407-8325.

Wednesday, September 13
Congressional Briefing: Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Retinal Diseases
12 Noon, House Rayburn Office Building Room G-2043

Held during International AMD Awareness Week 2017 and Healthy Aging Month, this Briefing begins AEVR’s Third Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill. Mandeep Singh, MD, PhD (Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins University), who will speak about the latest developments in AMD and retinal disease diagnosis and treatment, participated in the Second Annual EVS Day in September 2016 and has been invited back as this year’s featured speaker.

Wednesday, September 13
Third Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day Reception
5:30 – 7:30 pm, House Rayburn Building 2168 (Gold Room)
The reception showcases the work of 20 early-stage vision scientists from across the United States who will display posters and discuss their breakthrough research to save sight and restore vision. The event, made possible by a grant from Research to Prevent Blindness, focuses on answering the question, “How will this research delay or prevent the $717 billion annual cost of eye disease and vision impairment projected by year 2050?”

The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR), a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, is proud to announce these educational programs associated with its Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative, a sustained educational effort acknowledged by Congress that recognizes the benefits of federally funded vision research. Visit AEVR’s Web site at www.eyeresearch.org

Scientist Institution State Area of Expertise
Elise Harb, OD UC Berkeley School of Optometry CA Myopia
Natalia Vergara, PhD U Colorado CO "Retina Organoid" to Model Disease/Test Treatments
Mohamed Abou Shousha, MD Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/UMiami FL Corneal Endothelium/ Corneal Transplants
Cristina Law, OD, PhD Nova Southeastern U College of Optometry FL Visual Neuroplasticity and Adult Amblyopia
Ava Bittner, OD, PhD Nova Southeastern U College of Optometry FL Retinal Degeneration, Low Vision, Retinitis Pigmentosa
Hua Bi, OD, PhD Nova Southeastern U College of Optometry FL Color Vision Deficiencies
Asim Farooq, MD University of Chicago IL Visual Complications of Pediatric Cancer Treatment
Xiaohua (Elsa) Zhuang, PhD Illinois College of Optometry IL Psychophysics for Visual Function Assessment
Patrick Scott, OD, PhD University of Louisville KY Retinal Regeneration
James Rogala, OD Kentucky College of Optometry, U of Pikeville KY Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), AMD
George Asimellis, PhD Kentucky College of Optometry, U of Pikeville KY Ocular Imaging in Diabetic Retinopathy
Hajirah Saeed, MD Mass Eye & Ear/Harvard MA Visual Impact of Psychiatric/Neurologic Drugs
Mona Kaleem, MD University of Maryland MD Glaucoma, Low Vision Services
Heather Livengood, PhD New York University NJ Visual Impairment & Impact on Daily Living, Glaucoma
Rose Pasquale, BS SUNY Upstate NY Genetic and Behavioral Dissection of Retinal Processing
Dean VanNasdale, OD, PhD Ohio State College of Optometry OH Retinal Imaging in Diabetic Retinopathy and AMD
Shannon Conley, PhD U Oklahoma Health Sciences Center OK Retinal Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Genetic Basis of Retinal Disease
Leah Byrne, PhD University of Pittsburgh PA Pediatric Vision Gene Therapy for Retinal Degeneration
Sapna Gangaputra, MD Vanderbilt Eye Institute TN Vision Implication from HIV Drugs, Diabetic Retinopathy
Rebecca Pfeiffer, PhD Moran Eye Center/U of Utah UT Retinal Degenerative Diseases