NAEVR Welcomes 110th Congress with Reception Co-hosted by Key House Leaders and Featuring Vision Researcher

January 9, 2007
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director
[email protected]


(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) announced that it will host a January 31, 2007, Welcome Reception for the 110th Congress on behalf of the eye and vision research community. The reception, to be held in the Rayburn Foyer from 5:30 – 7:30 pm., is co-hosted by Cong. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Cong. James Walsh (R-NY) and will feature remarks by noted vision researcher Neil Bressler, M.D., (Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) on the importance of research to address the major public health problem of eye disease and vision impairment. Click here for more information on the reception.

“NAEVR is proud to have two such important Congressional leaders in healthcare co-host this event,” said Executive Director James Jorkasky, who added that, while both California and New York are top recipients of National Eye Institute (NEI) extramural research grant dollars, they are also states with the highest incidence of eye disease, primarily driven by an aging population.

Cong. Eshoo, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee with authorization jurisdiction over the National Institutes of Health (NIH), led the House floor debate on HR 6164, the NIH Reform Act of 2006, which was enacted by the 109th Congress on December 9, 2006, prior to its adjournment. She is also an active member of several healthcare-related House Caucuses. In the 110th Congress, Cong. Walsh serves as the Ranking Member on the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee, with appropriations jurisdiction over the NIH. Previously, he served as Chair of the House Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, where he championed the eligibility of vision-related research for funding through the Department of Defense’s Congressionally-directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP).

Featured speaker Dr. Neil Bressler serves as the James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology at Wilmer, where he has a large national and international referral practice and conducts research into retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD, the largest cause of blindness) and diabetic retinopathy.

The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is a non-profit advocacy coalition comprised of 55 professional, consumer and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. NAEVR’s goal is to achieve the best vision for all Americans through advocacy and public education for eye and vision research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute (NEI) and other federal research entities. Visit NAEVR’s Web site at