Press Release

JAMA Ophthalmology Publishes AEVR Article Examining the Impact of COVID-19 Lab Closures on Early-Stage Investigators

On July 1, JAMA Ophthalmology published a written article based on AEVR’s September 2020 30-minute video conversation with 22 Emerging Vision Scientists (EVSs) about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic lab closures on the next generation of vision scientists. The article was co-written by AEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky and AEVR Board President Paul Lee, MD, JD (Kellogg Eye Center/University of Michigan).

The article is based on two teleconferences held with the 22 Emerging Vision Scientists (EVS) who participated in AEVR’s Sixth Annual Emerging Vision Scientists (EVS) Day on Capitol Hill. The goal of the discussions was to hear their concerns and personal stories of the effect of the COVID-19 clinical and laboratory shutdowns on their research as it is a compelling discussion of such topics as patient engagement, animal colonies and cell cultures, collaborations, training, and career pathway. The two teleconferences were edited into a single 30-minute video that is available for viewing on the NAEVR website.

On Tuesday, September 21, AEVR will premiere a new 30-minute video entitled Moving Beyond COVID-19 in My Career Pathway which will be based on conversations with the  28 researchers participating in this year’s EVS program.