NEI Premieres Audacious Goals Video at ARVO Annual Meeting
May 8, 2015
Paul Sieving, M.D., Ph.D.
He also set forth a schedule of Town Halls and Workshops to be held on conjunction with the annual meetings of ARVO and the Society for Neuroscience (SFN) over the next two years. The Workshops will generate white papers and Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) on topics such as Rewiring and Reconnecting Neurons, Retinal Ganglion Cells, and Achieving Success with Neuronal Transplants (clinical aspects).
NEIs Audacious Goals Initiative is a coordinated effort to spur new therapies for blinding diseases. The central AG is to restore vision by generating neurons and neural connections in the eye and visual system.
In its written testimonies to Congress regarding Fiscal Years (FY) 2015 and 2016 NEI funding, NAEVR has cited Dr. Sievings comments about the AGI, made at AEVRs February 25, 2015, 20th Anniversary Congressional Reception, where he spoke about its promise:
The goals are bold but achievable. They are beyond what medicine currently can do. We are planning for a 10-12-15 year effort to reach these endpoints. Success would transform life for millions of people with eye and vision diseases. It would have major implications for medicine of the future, for vision diseases, and even beyond this, for neurological diseases.