AEVR Announces the Second Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill

July 11, 2016
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
[email protected]


(Washington, D.C.) The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) announced that the Second Annual Emerging Vision Scientists (EVS) Day on Capitol Hill will be held on September 14, 2016. Held during International Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week 2016, the events include a Congressional Briefing on AMD and an evening reception in which 22 EVSs (see below) will display posters of their breakthrough research. On September 15 and under the auspices of NAEVR, the EVSs will meet with their Congressional delegations.

To RSVP for the AMD Briefing or evening EVS reception, contact Dina Beaumont at [email protected] or 202-407-8325. Visit the home page of to link to the event information.

Wednesday, September 14
Congressional Briefing: Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Retinal Diseases

12 Noon, House Rayburn Office Building Room B-338

Held during International AMD Awareness Week 2016 and Healthy Aging Month, this Briefing begins AEVR’s Second Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill. Amir H. Kashani, M.D., Ph.D. (USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute/Keck School of Medicine/University of Southern California), who will speak about the latest developments in AMD diagnosis and treatment, participated in the first-ever EVS Day in October 2015 and has been invited back as this year’s featured speaker.

Wednesday, September 14,
Second Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day Reception
5:30 – 7:30 pm, House Rayburn Building 2168 (Gold Room)

The reception showcases the work of 22 early-stage vision scientists who will display posters and discuss their breakthrough research, which ranges from that addressing aging eye disease to deaf blindness. The event, made possible by a grant from Research to Prevent Blindness, focuses on answering the question, “How will this research delay or 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 educational effort acknowledged by Congress that recognizes the benefits of federally funded vision research. Visit AEVR’s Web site at

Scientist Institution State Area of Expertise
Andrew Pucker, O.D., Ph.D. U. of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry AL Myopia/Genetics/Mechanically Induced Signaling
Glenn Yiu, M.D., Ph.D. U. of California Davis CA AMD/Imaging/Drug Delivery
Daniel Chao, M.D., Ph.D. UC San Diego CA AMD/Diabetic Retinopathy/Drug Discovery
Luis Vazquez, M.D., Ph.D. U. of Miami/Bascom Palmer FL Glaucoma/Retinal Synaptic Plasticity/Blood Perfusion
Astra Dinculescu, Ph.D. U. of Florida FL Usher Syndrome
Alexis Malkin, O.D. New England College of Optometry MA Low Vision/Quality of Life/Access
Petr Baranov, M.D., Ph.D. Harvard/MEEI MA Stem Cells/Drug Discovery/Retinal Diseases
Mandeep Singh, M.D., Ph.D. Johns Hopkins/Wilmer Eye MD Stem Cells/Retinal Regeneration
Osamah Saeedi, M.D. U. of Maryland MD Glaucoma/Biomarkers/ Imaging
Paula Anne Newman-Casey, M.D., M.S. U. of Michigan MI Glaucoma/Medication Adherence/Personalized Education
Heather Leisy, M.D. NYU NY AMD/Retinal and Macular Disease/ Renal Function
Michael Farkas, Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo NY Gene Therapy/Genetic Testing/Retinal Diseases
Brad Dougherty, O.D., Ph.D. Ohio State University OH Low Vision/AMD/ Driving
Phoebe Lin, M.D., Ph.D. Oregon Health & Science University OR Ocular Inflammation/Microbiome/Retinal Disease
Morgan Fedorchak, Ph.D. U. of Pittsburgh PA Drug Delivery/ Glaucoma
Anthony Daniels, M.D. Vanderbilt TN Ocular Cancer/Pediatric Vision Loss/Drug Discovery
Dolly Ann Padovani-Claudio, M.D., Ph.D. Vanderbilt TN Diabetic Retinopathy/Pediatric Ophthalmology/ROP
Lisa Ostrin, O.D., Ph.D. U. of Houston Optometry TX Myopia/ Eye Growth Development/Circadian Rhythm
Nimesh Patel, O.D., Ph.D. U. of Houston Optometry TX Glaucoma/Imaging/OCT/Clinical
Iris Kassem, M.D., Ph.D. Medical College of Wisconsin WI Pediatric Cataracts
Dan Lipinski, Ph.D. Medical College of Wisconsin WI Neurodegenerative Disease/Gene Therapy
Yao Liu, M.D. U. of Wisconsin WI Diabetic Retinopathy/Telemedicine