AEVR Announces March 2018 Congressional Briefings on Glaucoma and Defense-related Vision Research

February 6, 2018
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
[email protected]


(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research’s (AEVR) Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative announced Congressional Briefings to be held in March 2018 that support the vision community’s request for increased Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations for the National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Peer Reviewed Vision Research Program (VRP) in Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations. RSVP for both events to Dina Beaumont at 202-407-8320 or [email protected].

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
World Glaucoma Week 2018 Congressional Briefing:
Toward Customized Glaucoma Care

12 Noon -1:15 pm, House Rayburn 2043

Glaucoma, a neurological disease affecting the optic nerve and causing loss of peripheral vision and ultimately blindness, is the second leading cause of preventable vision loss in the United States. Featured speaker Alex Huang, MD, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles and Doheny Eye Institute) will describe how he develops customized glaucoma surgeries based on knowledge from his clinical practice and findings from NEI-funded research into fluid drainage in the eye that can cause elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) that results in optic nerve damage. In so doing, he emphasizes a balance of modern surgical techniques with traditional approaches to ensure optimal glaucoma management.

Held to recognize World Glaucoma Week 2018, the event is co-sponsored by Research to Prevent Blindness, the American Glaucoma Society, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Glaucoma Research Foundation, and the Optometric Glaucoma Society.

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Deployment-Related Vision Trauma Research:
Whole Eye Transplantation—From Experimental Model to
Clinical Translation

12:00 Noon – 1:15 pm, House Rayburn 2045

Traumatic eye injury from penetrating wounds and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) ranks second only to hearing loss as the most common injury among active military. Featured speaker Kia Washington, MD (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine) will discuss her groundbreaking research into whole eye transplantation that has the goal of restoring vision following ocular trauma and ischemic or degenerative damage. Her research has led to the development of the first vascularized eye transplant in a small animal model.

Since Fiscal Year 2009, the Vision Research Program (VRP) funded through Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations has awarded 77 grants for a total of $66.5 million to researchers addressing penetrating eye injuries, corneal healing, corneal/retinal protection, and TBI-related visual dysfunction.

The event is co-sponsored by Research to Prevent Blindness, Blinded Veterans Association, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

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 educational effort acknowledged by Congress that recognizes the benefits of federally funded vision research. Visit its Web site at