AEVR Hosts Virtual Events on September 23 in Conjunction with the Sixth Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill

(Washington, DC) Today, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) announced virtual events associated with International Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week 2020 and AEVR’s Sixth Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill. Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) provided EVS Day support, with streaming support by Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and event management support by Novartis.     

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Premiering 12:00 Noon – 1:15 pm Eastern
Congressional Briefing: Artificial Intelligence in Retinal Diseases—Focus on Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic Retinopathy (DR)
Held during International AMD Awareness Week 2020 and Healthy Aging Month, this briefing begins AEVR’s Sixth Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill. The briefing features National Eye Institute (NEI) clinician-scientist Tiarnan D. Keenan, BM, BCh, PhD and T.Y. Alvin Liu, MD (Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins University) who will speak about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases. Jack Stewart, a representative from the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF), will also provide an AMD patient’s perspective.

Premiering 1:30 – 2:00 pm Eastern
A Conversation: The Impact of COVID-19 Lab Closures on the Next Generation of Vision Scientists

AEVR is engaging 22 early-stage vision scientists (next page, identified by state and eye research) in a conversation about the impact of COVID-19 laboratory closures on their research and overall career pathway. In addition to that conversation, each of the Emerging Vision Scientists has prepared a personal video about their breakthrough eye and vision research that addresses the question “How will this research delay, reduce, and 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 effort acknowledged by Congress that recognizes the benefits of federally funded vision research. Visit AEVR’s Web site at




Area of Research

Jolene Rudell, MD, PhD

UC San Diego


Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus

Benjamin Xu, MD, PhD

University of Southern California


Glaucoma, Artificial Intelligence

Becca Edwards, MD, PhD

University of Colorado



Lucy Mudie, MD, MPH

University of Colorado


Vision screening to prevent impairment; Inequalities in Eye Care

Samantha McIntosh, OD

NOVA Southeastern College of Optometry


Low Vision

Swarup Swaminathan, MD

Bascom Palmer/University of Miami



Elefterios Paschalis, PhD

Mass Eye & Ear


Ocular Trauma and artificial cornea

Christopher Taylor, PhD

New England College of Optometry


Myopia and emmetropization

Nazlee Zebardast, MD

Mass Eye & Ear


Use of Big Data to answer Clinical questions; glaucoma , genomics, machine learning, big data

Janet Alexander, MD

University of Maryland


Pediatric ophthalmology, childhood glaucoma, congenital cataract, and artificial intelligence

Thomas Johnson, MD, PhD

Wilmer Eye/Johns Hopkins


Stem cell transplantation for optic nerve regeneration

Arathy Kartha, PhD

Wilmer Eye/Johns Hopkins


Low Vision measurement, patient reported outcome measures, virtual reality

T.Y. Alvin Liu, MD

Wilmer Eye/Johns Hopkins


Artificial Intelligence Applications in Ophthalmology

Tareq Nabhan, OD

University of Missouri College of Optometry


NCT testing and Covid-19

Raven Diacou, PhD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Genetics and early eye development

Xiaoying Zhu, MD, OD, PhD

SUNY College of Optometry


Emmetropization, visual development and myopia

Phillip Yuhas, OD, PhD

Ohio State University College of Optometry


TBI and the structure of the retina

Kevin Fuller, PhD

Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


Fungal infections of the eye

Benjamin Sivyer, PhD

Casey Eye/Oregon Health



Lauren Wareham, PhD

Vanderbilt University



Freya Mowat, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Photoreceptor metabolism and aging, AMD

Matthew Veldman, PhD

Medical College of Wisconsin


Retinal Degenerative Diseases