Press Release
July 29, 2019
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director

The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) Hosts Two Important Events Held September 18 in Conjunction with the Fifth Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill

RSVP for events to Dina Beaumont at 202-407-8325 or

Thursday, September 18
Congressional Briefing: New Stem Cell-Based Therapies for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Blast-Related Eye Injuries
12 Noon - 1:15 pm, House Rayburn Office Building, Room 2043

Held during International AMD Awareness Week 2019 and Healthy Aging Month, this Briefing begins AEVR's Fifth Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Day on Capitol Hill. The briefing features National Eye Institute (NEI) scientist Kapil Bharti, PhD who will speak about new stem cell-based therapies for AMD and blast-related eye injuries. American Macular Degeneration Foundation Patient Liaison Sydney Ruth Torrey will also provide an AMD patient's perspective.

Thursday, September 18
Fifth Annual Emerging Vision Scientists Reception
5:30 - 7:30 pm, House Rayburn Foyer

The reception, hosted by new AEVR President Paul Lee, MD, JD (Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan) showcases the work of 21 early-stage vision scientists from across the nation who will display posters and discuss their breakthrough research to save sight and restore vision. The event, sponsored by a grant from Research to Prevent Blindness, focuses on answering the question, How will 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 educational effort acknowledged by Congress that recognizes the benefits of federally funded vision research. Visit AEVR's Web site at