Press Release

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.     

RSVP for events to Dina Beaumont at 202-407-8325 or dinabeau@aol.com
Link to events at: https://www.arvo.org/advocacy/NAEVR-virtual-events/

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 www.eyeresearch.org

Scientist

Institution

State

Area of Research

Jolene Rudell, MD, PhD

UC San Diego

CA

Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus

Benjamin Xu, MD, PhD

University of Southern California

CA

Glaucoma, Artificial Intelligence

Becca Edwards, MD, PhD

University of Colorado

CO

Uveitis

Lucy Mudie, MD, MPH

University of Colorado

CO

Vision screening to prevent impairment; Inequalities in Eye Care

Samantha McIntosh, OD

NOVA Southeastern College of Optometry

FL

Low Vision

Swarup Swaminathan, MD

Bascom Palmer/University of Miami

FL

Glaucoma

Elefterios Paschalis, PhD

Mass Eye & Ear

MA

Ocular Trauma and artificial cornea

Christopher Taylor, PhD

New England College of Optometry

MA

Myopia and emmetropization

Nazlee Zebardast, MD

Mass Eye & Ear

MA

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

Janet Alexander, MD

University of Maryland

MD

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

Thomas Johnson, MD, PhD

Wilmer Eye/Johns Hopkins

MD

Stem cell transplantation for optic nerve regeneration

Arathy Kartha, PhD

Wilmer Eye/Johns Hopkins

MD

Low Vision measurement, patient reported outcome measures, virtual reality

T.Y. Alvin Liu, MD

Wilmer Eye/Johns Hopkins

MD

Artificial Intelligence Applications in Ophthalmology

Tareq Nabhan, OD

University of Missouri College of Optometry

MO

NCT testing and Covid-19

Raven Diacou, PhD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

NY

Genetics and early eye development

Xiaoying Zhu, MD, OD, PhD

SUNY College of Optometry

NY

Emmetropization, visual development and myopia

Phillip Yuhas, OD, PhD

Ohio State University College of Optometry

OH

TBI and the structure of the retina

Kevin Fuller, PhD

Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

OK

Fungal infections of the eye

Benjamin Sivyer, PhD

Casey Eye/Oregon Health

OR

Glaucoma

Lauren Wareham, PhD

Vanderbilt University

TN

Glaucoma

Freya Mowat, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Madison

WI

Photoreceptor metabolism and aging, AMD

Matthew Veldman, PhD

Medical College of Wisconsin

WI

Retinal Degenerative Diseases