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NAEVR Central, the Vision Research Community’s “Town Hall,” Draws Largest Number of Visitors at 2010 ARVO Annual Meeting

Legislative Update
May 7, 2010


Image of NAEVR Central
Prominently situated next to ARVO Central at the entrance to the Exhibit Hall, NAEVR Central at the 2010 ARVO Annual Meeting drew its largest number of visitors ever. In addition to contacting Congress to urge Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Eye Institute (NEI) funding at $35 billion and $794.5 million, respectively, researchers could also visit with representatives of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) and the joint DOD/Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vision Center of Excellence (VCE). At NAEVR’s May 3 Defense-Related Vision Research Opportunities session, TATRC announced $10 million in defense vision research awards.

"There was a palpable energy at NAEVR Central this year, much of which I attribute to the $230 million increase in FY2009 vision research funding, driven primary by the $175 million in NEI funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as well as an increase in “regular” NEI appropriations," said NAEVR Executive Director James Jorkasky, who added that many researchers dropped by to describe their ARRA-funded research.

"Of course, the presence of the TATRC representatives for three days attracted many researchers who had heard about funding opportunities not only at TATRC, but at other "sister" agencies within the DOD that relate to traumatic injury to the eye and other sensory organs. NAEVR Advocacy Manager David Epstein and I answered dozens of questions and alerted researchers to an FY2010 Program Announcement expected shortly from the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) program."

ARVO President J. Mark Petrash, Ph.D., FARVO  (Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute/University of Colorado School of Medicine) contacts Congress
ARVO President J. Mark Petrash, Ph.D., FARVO (Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute/University of Colorado School of Medicine) contacts Congress
Left to right: ARVO President-Elect Jeffrey Boatright, Ph.D., FARVO (Emory University School of Medicine) and Erik van Kujik, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Texas) speak with NAEVR’s James Jorkasky after contacting Congress
Left to right: ARVO President-Elect Jeffrey Boatright, Ph.D., FARVO (Emory University School of Medicine) and Erik van Kujik, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Texas) speak with NAEVR’s James Jorkasky after contacting Congress
Lois Schoenbrun, C.A.E., F.A.A.O., Executive Director of the American Academy of Optometry, visits the booth
Lois Schoenbrun, C.A.E., F.A.A.O., Executive Director of the American Academy of Optometry, visits the booth. The Academy also hosts a NAEVR Contact Congress booth at its meeting each year.
NAEVR’s James Jorkasky and Rajiv Mohan, Ph.D. (Mason Eye Institute/University of Missouri-Columbia)
NAEVR’s James Jorkasky and Rajiv Mohan, Ph.D. (Mason Eye Institute/University of Missouri-Columbia), whom NAEVR has hosted during ARVO Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C.
Left to right: Rebecca Hyder (American Academy of Ophthalmology), DOD/VA Vision Center of Excellence Director Colonel Donald Gagliano, M.D., and James Jorkasky
Left to right: Rebecca Hyder (American Academy of Ophthalmology), DOD/VA Vision Center of Excellence Director Colonel Donald Gagliano, M.D., and James Jorkasky
Left to right: DOD/TATRC representatives Francis McVeigh, O.D., F.A.A.O., Marc Mitchell, Lt. Colonel Michael Mines, M.D., and Robert Read speak with Stephen Tsang, M.D., Ph.D., a recipient of FY2008 DOD funding through the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)
Left to right: DOD/TATRC representatives Francis McVeigh, O.D., F.A.A.O., Marc Mitchell, Lt. Colonel Michael Mines, M.D., DVM, and Robert Read speak with Stephen Tsang, M.D., Ph.D., a recipient of FY2008 DOD funding through the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP)