NAEVR Participates in National Summit Honoring 50 Years of NEI Leadership
On July 18 at its 2018 Focus on Eye Health National Summit entitled Research to Impact, Prevent Blindness recognized the National Eye Institute (NEI) for its 50 years of sight-saving accomplishments.
|NAEVR/AEVR Boards President Dr. McDonnell (Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) joined Prevent Blindness Board Chair Torrey DeKeyser (Eyesight Foundation of Alabama) in presenting a plaque to Michael Steinmetz, PhD, Acting NEI Deputy Director and Director, Division of Extramural Science Programs.
|Also at the event, Congressional Vision Caucus Democratic Co-Chair Cong. Gene Green (D-TX) reflects on his years as a champion for vision issues on Capitol Hill with moderator Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN (University of Texas Medical Branch), who chairs PBs Public Health and Policy Committee. Cong. Green will retire from Congress after this session, as will Republican Co-Chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who appeared via a pre-recorded message. Both were presented plaques of appreciation.
NAEVRs James Jorkasky was pleased to moderate a panel entitled Promising Practices Emerging from NEI Partnerships.
|Left to right: Cynthia Toth, MD (Duke University Eye Center) and member of ARVOs Telling the Story of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Steering Committee, spoke about public/private partnerships expanding OCT development and patient applications; Chief Scientific Officer Stephen Rose, PhD (Foundation Fighting Blindness) spoke about how the private sector leverages NEI discoveries; James Jorkasky moderated the panel; and NEIs Dr. Michael Steinmetz spoke about NEI partnerships within the NIH and with federal agencies.